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Gros plan sur le monde asiatique
Gros plan sur le monde asiatique

Asia is a nerve center for multiple global economic, politic and security challenges. The Center for Asian Studies aims at providing documented expertise and a platform of discussion on Asian issues to accompany decision makers and explain and contextualize developments in the region for the sake of a larger public dialogue.

Ifri's Center for Asian Studies’ research is organized along two major axes: relations between Asia's major powers and the rest of the world; and internal economic and social dynamics of Asian countries. The Center's research focuses primarily on ChinaJapanIndia, Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific, but also covers Southeast Asia, the Korean peninsula and the Pacific Islands

The Centre for Asian Studies maintains close institutional links with counterpart research institutes in Europe and Asia, and its researchers regularly carry out fieldwork in the region.

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' work, as well as that of their partners, is regularly published in the Center’s electronic journal Asie.Visions.

Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
Céline PAJON

Research Fellow, Head of Japan Research, Coordinator of the Program on Pacific Islands,


Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

Christian LECHERVY

Advisor to the Program on Pacific Islands, Center for Asian Studies

Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies


Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

KALLANG, SINGAPORE - MAY 30, 2015 : A boy walk across the national flags of Southeast Asia countries.
Over the past decade or so Southeast Asia has gone through multiple developments which usher in an era of alarming political uncertainty. While several countries were thought to be heading toward democracy (Myanmar, Thailand), recent events suggest that vested interests die hard and that...
Beijing / China - March 13th 2014: The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, top leadership of the Communist Party of China at a session in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing
In 2017, Secretary General Xi Jinping said: "This is an era that will see China move closer to the center of the world stage". The People's Republic of China is indeed at a pivotal moment in its history, gradually acquiring all the components of power and competing with, if not surpassing, the...
Prime minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi addressing to the nation in the hard time of corona virus pandemic, Prime minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India on 25th July 2020
Malgré son émergence depuis la fin des années 1990, l’Inde peine à entraîner ses voisins dans sa dynamique de croissance autant qu’à pacifier l’ensemble de sa sous-région. L’Asie du Sud reste marquée par de fortes tensions, avec des zones exposées à des niveaux élevés de violence intra-étatique ...
Osaka, Japan-July06,2019;Young lady looking at political campaign poster in Osaka
As the international system undergoes a major overhaul, Japan is emerging as one pillar of the multilateral rules-based order. Despite being often perceived as a declining country, it remains the world's third largest economy and, as a member of the RCEP, CP-TPP and the Japan-EU Economic...
PANMUNJEON, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 9: South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Demilitarized Zone on the North Korean border on April 9, 2016 in Panmunjeon, South Korea.
One of the few countries that managed to successfully transform itself from an aid-receiving country to a donor country, South Korea is an economic success story which is often seen as a role model for emerging countries in the region and beyond. Its foreign policy seeks to capitalize on these...
RAROTONGA - SEP 17 2013:Cook Islands fishermen net fishing in Muri lagoon beach.The Cook Islands has rights and responsibilities over 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean.
France and the European Union (EU) have issued their own Indo-Pacific strategies meant to enhance their commitment in this strategic area. Until now, the Pacific Islands – the member states and territories of the Pacific Community (SPC) – have received little attention despite their strategic...
Taipei, Taiwan, 01/11/2020 Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has secured a second term after sweeping to victory in an election dominated by the island's relationship with China.
An area long reserved to specialists of “Greater China” and overlooked in European policy circles, Taiwan has succeeded in carving out an important space for itself on the international scene in recent years. Its management of the Covid-19 crisis has proven exemplary. Its approach to managing new...
Navire de fret roulant dans une mer tempétueuse. D'énormes vagues sous le ciel bleu dans l'océan Indien
The Indo-Pacific is today a key geopolitical concept that informs the strategies of major international players. A maritime space encompassing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Indo-Pacific is above all a political construct that reflects the competition for influence revolving around the Sino...

This piece is a revised version of a paper presented at the conference on “New Convergences in EU-ROK Economic Security Relations”, organised in Rome on 30 January 2024 by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).


In adapting to growing geopolitical competition over digital technology, the EU and the UK are striving for economic security and technological sovereignty. European policies focus on reducing critical over-dependencies on China. This de-risking is a necessary process of adaptation to the new...

By: Aleksei ZAKHAROV

This paper examines the trajectory of India-Russia relations post-February 2022. The war in Ukraine emerged as a significant challenge for bilateral ties, presenting new obstacles to political and diplomatic relations and intensifying the previous difficulties in developing economic...


Indonesia is a country that is booming economically and demographically. This not only matters for regional, political, and energy security, but also increasingly, for the world’s energy transitions, due to Indonesia’s large metal reserves, as well as its equally important coal consumption in...

Friday 20 October 2023
from 09:30 to 17:00 - Conférences

Annual Conference of Ifri's Center for Asian and Indo-Pacific Studies. As strategic competition becomes an increasingly dominant feature of the international system today, the “de-risking” of interdependent economic ties has emerged as a new mantra for managing geopolitical uncertainty.