Due to historical as well as geographical reasons, India and East Africa have long been close partners. In the recent period however, and even more so since the early 2000s, these ties have tightened as a result of combined efforts by the government of India and its business community. <...>
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, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Indo-Pacific Strategies.
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.
Quantum physics, a field little known to the general public and relatively difficult to grasp as its laws are counter-intuitive, constitutes nevertheless a critical field of international strategic competition.
Indian Space Program and its Drivers: Possible Implications for the Global Space Market Notes de l'Ifri, January 2022
India has one of the oldest space programs in the world with space playing a critical role in India’s national development and external power projection capability.
Korea-EU Direct Investment Links: The Neglected Facet of a Tight Partnership in: The Routledge Handbook of Europe-Korea Relations, Nicolas Casarini et al. (eds), Routledge, Chapter 12, 2022
Despite their difference in size, Korea and the EU have developed over time a strong and deep relation through direct investment flows. Germany dominates the relationship, but there remains ample room for the other EU member-states to further develop their relations with Korea.
South Korea and France’s Indo-Pacific Strategies: Potential Partnership and Challenges Asie.Visions, No. 126, December 2021
Despite some constraints on their Indo-Pacific strategies, South Korea and France could consider bilateral dialogues for partnership in the Indo-Pacific, leading to a high level of confidence and strategic convergence in security.
Trade in: South Korea-EU Cooperation in Global Governance, Pacheco Pardo, Ramon (ed), KF-VUB Korea Chair Report, Brussels School of Governance, December 2021
Françoise Nicolas contributed the chapter on trade, providing more insights into the opportunities and challenges South Korea and the EU need to address to revive the rules-based multilateral trading system.
China's Rising Trade Activism in ASEAN: Implications for the EU in : Building Europe's Strategic Autonomy vis-à-vis China, Sylvie Bermann and Elvire Fabry (eds.), Report 124, Jacques Delors Institute, December 7, 2021
As the world’s center of gravity has shifted to Asia, the European Union must also be present in the region. In particular, it must develop its relations with Asian countries that have long been neglected to the sole benefit of China -- namely India, but above all the countries of Southeast...
The links between India and Taiwan have gathered unprecedented momentum in recent years. This has largely come about due to growing support for Taiwan at civil society level in India.
Towards a more China-centred Global Economy? Implications for Chinese Power in the Age of Hybrid Threats Hybrid CoE Paper, no. 9, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, November 2021
An era of hyper globalization is giving way to an age of geoeconomics wherein China seeks a decisive seat at the table.
Developments in Japan’s Defense Strategies and Readiness: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Asie.Visions, No. 124, October 2021
On December 18, 2018, the Japanese government issued its latest National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), marking another step in Japan’s defense planning and the readiness of the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF).
Is it Time to Reassess EU-China Relations with Covid 19? Closed-door Seminar Series - German Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Before the Covid 19 crisis, the German presidency had set an ambitious agenda for EU-China relations, in particular with the prospect of an EU-China summit in Leipzig in September.
The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in Southeast Asia after COVID-19: Towards a New Deal? Les Jeudis de l'Ifri
A "Les Jeudis de l'Ifri" videoconference around Sophie BOISSEAU du ROCHER, Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Center for Asian Studies.
Regional stability in East Asia is under increasingly heavy strain. As tensions rise between the United States and China, veering towards a fiercer strategic competition that extends well beyond the current trade war, the potential for US-China confrontation looms large.
In December 2018, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) were formally adopted, entering into force in February 2019 and opening an era of unprecedented cooperation between the two players.
Division or Reconciliation: The Changing Political Agenda and Role of Think Tanks in the Next Decade? Council of Councils Twelfth Regional Conference
The 12th regional conference of Council of Councils (CoC) will take place at Ifri from November 17 to 19, 2019. An initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CoC strives to define major foreign policy challenges by...
The deepening strategic rivalry between the United States and China has repositioned geopolitics at the center of the international system today.
Growth prospects in developing Asia are dimming. Slowing activity in major advanced economies, a re-escalation in the US-China trade conflict, and a sharp downturn in the global electronics cycle are leading to a reassessment of the region’s outlook. How much will Asia’s growth slow? How might...
Positioning itself as a ‘middle power’, South Korea has promoted an increasingly proactive regional diplomacy, in particular by organizing a diversity of high-level multilateral gatherings on regional security governance, such as the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative (NAPCI) or...
If some African countries are on their way to achieving dynamic economic growth, many are also still struggling with a lack of economic and social infrastructure, latent governance issues and often complex and risky security environments.
China's Mix of Aggressive and Charming Coronavirus Diplomacy could Worsen Europe's Fractures, Report warns
A prominent French think tank has warned that China's so-called "mask diplomacy" amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic threatens to further exacerbate divisions within the European Union, with Beijing tailoring its approach to suit different nations. The French Institute of...
China wants its diplomats to show more fighting spirit. It may not be intended to win over the rest of the world
The rise of the so-called ‘wolf warriors’ heralds a more aggressive approach to promoting the country’s official line. Analysts warn this is likely to harm the country’s image even if their careers benefit as a result.
We were deeply saddened to learn that our friend and colleague, Professor Aileen S.P. Baviera from the University of the Philippines, passed away on March 21, 2020 due to complications resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Critics fear Germany could put European unity on the line. Angela Merkel will have to tread carefully on her visit to China this week to avoid tripping over Hong Kong and stepping on Germany’s car industry. Angela Merkel will have to tread carefully on her visit to China this week to...
Growing tensions between China and the United States over the escalating trade dispute – and the resulting global uncertainty – are forcing other countries to choose between the two economic superpowers.