Françoise Nicolas is a senior Researcher and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris. She teaches at Sciences Po, Paris (Europe-Asia program, Le Havre campus) and Sciences Po (Lyon), and is also a consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) of the OECD, with a focus on Southeast Asian non-member economies. She holds a Ph.D in international economics (1991) and an MA in political science (1985) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland). She has also studied at the University of Sussex (1980-81) and was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore (1999) and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in Seoul (2004). Her research focuses on development strategies and regional economic integration in East Asia; FDI and growth; emerging economies and globalization. Her latest publications include: « France, China and the BRI: The Challenge of Conditional Engagement », in Stephen Minas and Vassilis Ntousas (eds.), The European Union and China’s Belt and Road: Impact, Engagement and Competition, Routledge, 2021.