Research Fellow, Head of China Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

Research Interests:
  • Foreign policy: China and its neighborhood, EU-China relations, US-China relations
  • Defense and security policy: military modernization, naval strategy, deterrence, counterterrorism
  • Domestic policy and the evolution of the national security apparatus
  • China in the space and quantum competition



Marc Julienne is Head of China Research within the Centre for Asian Studies of the French institute of international relations (IFRI). He mainly focuses on China’s foreign and security policy.

He has a PhD in political science and international relations from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, Paris), where he now teaches international relations in Northeast Asia (Master's Degree International Relations).

Previously, Marc Julienne was a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS, Paris) for four years. He was an associate PhD Candidate at the Strategic Research Institute of the Ecole militaire (IRSEM, 2016-2019), and a Research Fellow at Asia Center (Paris) for two years. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS, Berlin, 2015) and at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS, Shanghai, 2017).

All my publications

The tremendous demographic challenges facing China will not significantly affect the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the immediate future, but will become more problematic in the medium and long term. The rapid aging of the population and the resulting socio-economic imbalances will put...


The second round of the French presidential election on April 24 will decide whether Emmanuel Macron, the incumbent president, or Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far right nationalist party Rassemblement national (national gathering), will become president of the French Republic for the next...


For anyone who still harbored doubts, Washington made crystal clear from the announcement of the new trilateral alliance with Australia and the UK (AUKUS) that countering China is its number one priority, and that it will do whatever it takes to succeed. Much has been said about the...

By: Ties DAMS, Xiaoxue MARTIN, Vera KRANENBURG, (eds.) with , John SEAMAN, Marc JULIENNE

Analysis from 17 countries and EU institutions reveals that Chinese soft power in Europe – defined as the ability to influence preferences through attraction or persuasion – has seen better days.


From the dawn of China’s space program in the mid-1950s to the ability to build, launch and operate satellites in low Earth and geosynchronous orbits from the 1980s, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is in 2021 a complete space power with autonomous access to outer space and to deep-space...

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Annual conference of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies. The war in Ukraine has marked the return of high-intensity conflict in Europe and represents a profound, structural shift in the region’s strategic environment. It also takes place against a backdrop of a decades-long...