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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.

Ifri's Center for Asian Studies’ 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

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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, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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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...

10
Feb
2015
Tuesday 10 February 2015
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Vietnam, as one of the parties negotiating  the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), is expecting a signature of the mega free trade deal for the first half of 2015. The agreeement will represent a huge opportunity for the Vietnamese economy but will also trigger important...

05
Feb
2015
Thursday 05 February 2015
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

La proximité historique du Parti Communiste Chinois et de l’Armée Populaire de Libération qui l’a amené au pouvoir en 1949 a résisté aux crises et changements les plus dramatiques qu’a connu le régime, depuis la contestation de Tiananmen en 1989 jusqu’à la libéralisation...

29
Jan
2015
Thursday 29 January 2015
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The rise of China and the responses formulated by its neighbors are key elements shaping the security environment in East Asia. China’s growing “assertiveness” since 2008, particularly in maritime East Asia, seems to have been further strengthened under the leadership of...

20
May
2014
Tuesday 20 May 2014
from 09:15 to 16:30 - Ifri Conferences

This one-day conférence will discuss various dimensions of Pakistan's domestic and international politics. In particular, the role of Pakistan in its regional environment, the evolution of its economic situation and trade policy, the energy situation in Pakistan will be tackled.