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

Research Fellow, Head of Japan Research

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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Sophie BOISSEAU du ROCHER

Associate Research Fellow, , Center for Asian Studies

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Isabelle SAINT-MEZARD

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Claude MEYER

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

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17/12/2018
By: Nadège ROLLAND

Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus have long been a blind-spot for Chinese diplomacy and economic policy. For over a decade, however, China has been laying the foundations of a long-term presence in the area, a process which has accelerated since the end of 2013 with the launch of the Belt...

12/12/2018
By: David BREWSTER

Strategic competition between India and China in the Indian Ocean is growing and has the potential to profoundly impact the stability and security of the region. The Indian Ocean is becoming the scene of a sustained contest that in some ways resembles strategic competition during the Cold War....

27/11/2018

For decades, the Franco-Japanese partnership has essentially been characterised by a vibrant cultural exchange as well as by sound economic relations. Today Japan is France’s second-largest trading partner in Asia (after China) and its leading Asian investor.

08/11/2018

The Asia–Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) — a Japan–India initiative to promote connectivity between Asia and East Africa and encourage joint projects in Africa — is often misrepresented. All too often, the AAGC is depicted as a political move aimed exclusively at countering China’s Belt and Road...

04/10/2018
By: Amber SINHA

In September 2018, the Supreme Court of India rendered its verdict in a landmark case with major implications for the Aadhaar biometric identification project as well as the application of right to privacy in India, but the Aadhaar Matter raises important questions about the shortcomings of...

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?

04
Mar
2016
Friday 04 March 2016
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

On May 27-28, Japan will host the G7 Summit in Mie Prefecture. This year’s summit will be the occasion not only for Japan but also for European countries to demonstrate leadership on a number of global and regional issues. One challenge is the future of global governance, as the Bretton Woods...

13/01/2016
By: Alice EKMAN, , in "The Diplomat"

Taiwan remains a hyperactive democracy, where political rallies and gatherings of various types are being organized in all directions as the elections draw near. This photo essay shows photos mainly taken during political rallies in Taipei in December 2015, two to three weeks before the...

03/09/2015
By: Alice EKMAN, Céline PAJON, quoted in an article published by eldiaro.es

Los actos que esta semana organiza China para conmemorar el 70 aniversario de su victoria ante Japón, coronados por un desfile militar en la plaza de Tiananmen, plantean un nuevo desafío a los lazos entre Pekín y Tokio, ya dañados en los últimos años por desavenencias históricas y...