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Philippe Le Corre

Philippe Le Corre is a Research Associate with the Ash Center and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was a M-RCBG Senior Fellow from 2017-2019. In addition, he is a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Asia and Europe programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an Associate in Research at the John. K. Fairbank for Chinese Studies at Harvard.

Philippe Le Corre's research interests include China’s geoeconomic rise, Sino-European and transatlantic relations, Chinese outbound foreign direct investments and competition in Eurasia and Asia-Pacific. From 2014 to 2017, he was a Visiting Fellow with The Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Le Corre previously served as Special Assistant and Counsellor for international affairs to the French Minister of Defense and as Senior Policy Analyst on Northeast Asia within the Ministry of Defense's directorate for strategy. He was also a Partner with Publicis Groupe, where he ran a team of consultants advising the Shanghai World Expo 2010. He started his career as a foreign correspondent based in Asia from 1988 to 1998.

Le Corre is the author of five books including China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Institution Press, 2016; Fayard, 2015), Tony Blair, les rendez-vous manqués (2004), Quand la Chine va au marché (Maxima, 1999), Après Hong Kong (Autrement, 1997), Hong Kong (R. Pages, 1996) and contributed a chapter to the edited volume Rethinking the Silk-Road - China's Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018). Le Corre is also the author or co-author of several papers: China’s rise as a geoeconomic influencer. Four European case Studies (Carnegie Working Paper, October 2018); China's rise: what about a transatlantic dialog? (Asia-Europe Journal, May 2017); China’s Global Rise: can the EU and US pursue a coordinated strategy? (Brookings, October 2016); France: A critical player in a weakened Europe (Brookings, April 2017); China abroad: The Long March to Europe (China Economic Quarterly, July 2016). Additionally, he has published in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nikkei Asian Review, Journal of Commerce, China Perspectives, Far Eastern Economic Review, South China Morning Post, Le Monde and Les Echos, amongst others, and appears regularly on CNN, CNBC, BBC, France 24 and Bloomberg TV.

Le Corre received an MSc in Asian Studies from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, and holds an MA in political science from the Sorbonne. He was a 2003-2004 Fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) at Harvard. He was awarded a Sachs Scholarship for his WCFIA fellowship.


  • Research Associate, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Research Associate, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Non-resident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace