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Philippe Le Corre

Philippe Le Corre is a Research Fellow with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on China-Europe relations, Chinese overseas investments and China’s global rise. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with ESSEC-IRENE (Paris and Singapore) and a Fellow-in-residence at CY Cergy-Paris University (Advanced Studies).

In addition, he is an Associate in Research with the John K. Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard and a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Asia and Europe Programs of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was a M-RCBG Senior Fellow from 2017-2019 and a Visiting Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, from 2014-2017. Philippe’s career spans government, academia, media and business. He was Special Assistant for international affairs to the French defense minister, and also served as a Senior Policy Adviser on Asia within the Ministry of defense’s directorate for international relations and strategy.

In the private sector, Mr. Le Corre worked as a partner with Publicis Consultants in Paris and Shanghai, where he ran a team of advisers to the Shanghai World Expo 2010 Organizing Committee. He previously worked in Asia as a foreign correspondent for nine years, and has published extensively on the region in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, Politico, Le Monde, Les Echos and Foreign Affairs, among others. He is the author or co-author of several books including China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Quand la Chine va au marché (Maxima, 1999) and Après Hong Kong (Autrement, 1997).

His recent publications include China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for Europe in China-US-Europe Relations in a New Era, Routledge, forthcoming book (2020); Covid-19 and the end of European illusions about China (Carnegie, July 2020); The Case for Transatlantic Cooperation in Indo-Pacific (Carnegie Working paper, December 2019 – with Erik Brattberg); China as a geoeconomic influencer: Four European Case Studies (Carnegie Working paper, October 2018); China’s rise: What about a transatlantic dialog? (Asia-Europe Journal, April 2017, co-authored with Jonathan Pollack) and China Abroad: The Long March to Europe (China Economic Quarterly, June 2016).

Le Corre received his MSc in Asian Studies from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco) in Paris and his MA in political science from the Sorbonne in Paris. He was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard and a Sachs Scholar in 2003-2004.


  • Research Associate, Ash Center for Democratic Governance, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Associate, Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University