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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 of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies

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

Research Fellow, Head of Japan Research


Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies


Associate Research Fellow, , Center for Asian Studies


Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

Claude MEYER

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

By: Suh-Yong CHUNG

Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy but the 8th largest emitter of CO2 as of 2013, due largely to an energy-intensive industry structure. Although it has continuously reduced its dependency on petroleum since it introduced the Energy Master Plan in 2008, the relative portion of non...

Wednesday 14 October 2009
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

This meeting of the Debating club on Asian economies is focused on Hong Kong"s political and economical evolution from its reversion to the People"s Republic of China. Christine Loh, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the independent, non-profit public policy think tank...

Wednesday 23 September 2009
from 09:30 to 17:00 - Ifri Conferences

This international conference was co-organized with the Centre for European Studies at Fudan University (CES), the Chinese Society for EU Studies (CSEUS), and the Shanghai Institute for European Studies (SIES). It brought together a number of European and Chinese experts in order to analyse...

Tuesday 07 July 2009
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Round-table discussions with Jean-Luc Racine, research director (CNRS/CEIAS) and Ramesh Mulye, former Indian ambassador and strategic advisor in France for the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Few weeks after a convincing victory in the 15th Lok Sabha...

Monday 29 June 2009
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Andrew Scobell, Professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service (Texas University), and editor of numerous books on Chinese defense strategy and military forces will make a presentation. The seminar will be chaired by Valérie Niquet, Director,...

Monday 15 June 2009 to Tuesday 16 June 2009
from Monday 15 June 2009 09:30 to Tuesday 16 June 2009 17:00 - Ifri Conferences

This international conference, organized in Brussels with the support of the Délégation aux Affaires stratégiques (DAS) of the French Ministry of Defense, treated questions of regional stability in Northeast Asia. The conference brought together Japanese, American and European experts to...

Wednesday 10 June 2009
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Round-table discussion with Khalid Mahmood, former Ambassador of Pakistan in Asia and Europe, and with the participation of Pierre Lafrance, former ambassador of France to Pakistan. Moderator: Gilles Boquérat, Researcher, head of the India...