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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


Tokyo is known as a pioneer throughout the history of Japan’s environmental policy, often being compared to California in the United States or Paris in France. Following the global trend of growing local initiatives tackling climate change, Tokyo introduced a cap-and-trade scheme in 2010 ahead...

By: Bobo LO

The discussion about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) opposes two narratives. The first considers they play an increasing role in the international relations as the West is loosing power; the other sees the BRICS as a charade. But the key role played by the...


Complementary solutions to national grid extensions let hope for significant improvements in the field of energy access, consistent with current economic and environmental challenges. This Note explores the regulatory and economic prerequisites that must be enhanced in order to support the...


In the South China Sea, the field of marine science could be seen as a catalyst for functional cooperation in the region. In reality, it often reflects regional asymmetries and has become yet another domain in which the weight of China is ultimately a destabilizing factor, according to Sophie...

By: Alice EKMAN,  

On 16 January, the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a double victory over the ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT). DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen was elected president with 56% of the vote, and for the first time the party won a majority in the Legislative Yuan – Taiwan’s...

Friday 03 December 2010
from 08:30 to 10:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

This seminar is organized around Ralf Emmers, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Multilateralism and Regionalism Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. Among his latest publications are: Geopolitics and Maritime Territorial...

Wednesday 08 September 2010
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

This seminar is organized around Takashi Terada, professor, Waseda university, Tokyo. He has published numerous articles on Asian regionalism.
Chair: Céline Pajon, Research fellow, Center for Asian Studies Ifri.

Tuesday 29 June 2010
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

This seminar welcomes Dr. Nazir Hussain, Associate Professor of International Relations at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Visiting Fellow in the India and South Asia Program of the Centre Asie, Ifri, and author of numerous articles and books, including: The Role of...