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Philippe Le Corre

Philippe Le Corre is a Senior Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Europe and Asia program) and a contributor to Institut Montaigne. At Harvard, he was previously a fellow with both the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (Arthur Sachs Scholar). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

From 2004 to 2007, Philippe served as a Special Assistant for international affairs to the French defense minister, and as a Senior Policy Adviser on Asia within the Ministry of defense’s directorate for international relations and strategy. He also worked as a partner with Publicis Groupe in Paris and as a foreign correspondent in London and Asia. From 2002 to 2003, he was president of the Foreign Press Association in London and also chaired the Harvard Club of France (2010-2012).

Philippe specializes on China-Europe relations, European affairs and China’s global rise. He is the author or co-author of several books including China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Press, 2016), Tony Blair, les rendez-vous manqués (Autrement, 2004), Quand la Chine va au marché (Maxima, 1999) and Après Hong Kong (Autrement, 1997). His publications include a book chapter in Rethinking the Silk Road (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018) and papers such as China’s rise: What about a transatlantic dialog? (Asia-Europe Journal, April 2017, co-authored with Jonathan Pollack); France: a critical player in a weakened Europe (Brookings’ Center on the United States and Europe U.S.-Europe Analysis Series: No. 59, April 2017) and China Abroad: The Long March to Europe (China Economic Quarterly, June 2016). His new paper, China as a geo-economic influencer: the case of four European recipient countries, will be published by Carnegie in fall 2018. He holds a M.Sc summa cum laude in international relations from the Paris-based National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and an MA in Political Science from the Sorbonne.


  • Affiliate, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School