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Asia is now a nerve center for global economic activity and a theatre of some of the most critical political and security developments of our time. The Center for Asian Studies provides documented expertise and a platform of discussion on Asian issues that seeks to accompany decision makers and explain and contextualize developments in the region for the sake of a larger public dialogue.

The Center’s research is organized along three major axes: regionalism and intra-regional relationships in Asia; relations between Asia’s major powers (China, Japan, India) and the rest of the world; and internal political, economic and social dynamics of Asian countries. This research focuses primarily on China, India and Japan, but also increasingly covers the Korean peninsula and Southeast Asia.

The Center organizes closed-door roundtables, expert-level seminars and a number of public events, including an Annual Conference, that welcome experts from Asia, Europe and the United States. The Center’s researchers regularly participate in international conferences, particularly in Asia. Their work, as well as that of their partners, is regularly published in the Center’s electronic journal, Asie.Visions.

Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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Céline PAJON

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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Alice EKMAN

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

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Sophie BOISSEAU du ROCHER

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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Isabelle SAINT-MEZARD

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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Claude MEYER

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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31/03/2017

France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...

28/02/2017

More than three years have already passed since China’s new silk roads were launched by President Xi Jinping. When he first mentioned the idea in an autumn 2013 speech in Kazakhstan, questions quickly emerged on the meaning of this general concept, which soon became widely promoted through a...

31/01/2017

This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.

23
Mar
2017
Thursday 23 March 2017
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Midway through his term since elected to office in May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan policy has undergone dramatic shifts. From initial enthusiasm to making an impromptu visit to Lahore in December 2015, and then carrying out ‘surgical strikes’ against Pakistan-based...

26
Jan
2017
Thursday 26 January 2017
from 09:00 to 12:30 - Ifri Conferences

As economic jitters and environmental mismanagement are fueling social protest in China, this seminar will examine how these factors can eventually undermine economic and political stability in the country. Asian, European and American experts will gather to share their views on the economic,...

18
Oct
2016
Tuesday 18 October 2016
from 09:45 to 17:00 - Ifri Conferences

As the regional balance of power in East Asia continues to evolve and tensions in a number of hot spots - from the East and South China Seas to the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Strait - either simmer or intensify, the future of regional stability is increasingly uncertain....

07
Jul
2016
Thursday 07 July 2016
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Access to electricity has proven a major impediment to economic growth in Africa. As an increasingly important investor in the region, what role has China played in tackling issues of energy poverty, and what can be done in the future?