Speaker Profile: Philippe Le Corre
Philippe Le Corre is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, Chinese economic diplomacy and soft power outreach, as well as France, and the future of Europe. He is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Science and a senior adviser to Sciences Po Executive Education.
Le Corre has published widely on Asia and Europe. His latest book, “China’s Offensive in Europe,” was published by Brookings Institution Press in 2016. Other books include “Après Hong Kong” (Autrement, 1997), “Quand la Chine va au marché – Leçons de capitalisme à la chinoise” (Maxima, 1999) and “Tony Blair, les rendez-vous manqués” (Autrement, 2004).
His publications include a 2016 Brookings paper titled “China’s Global rise: Can the EU and U.S. pursue a coordinated strategy?” (co-authored with Jonathan Pollack); “China Abroad: The Long March to Europe” (China Economic Quarterly, June 2016); “What China’s checkbook diplomacy means for Europe” (Politico, May 2016); “China’s Offensive in London” (Foreign Affairs, April 2016); “What the budding China-U.K. romance means for the global economy” (Foreign Affairs, October, 2015); “Blair’s bombshell: How Scottish devolution blew up the British general election” co-authored with Fiona Hill (Foreign Affairs, May 2015); “China’s charm offensive” (Europe’s World, Spring 2011).
He has contributed to a large number of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, China Perspective, Nikkei Asian Review, The Straits Times, The South China Morning Post, Le Monde, and Les Echos. He writes a column for one of France’s top daily newspapers, Ouest France, and is a regular guest on the BBC, CNBC, CNN, NPR, France 24, and RFI.
Le Corre has travelled to China as a consultant, scholar, and lecturer. In 2013, he was the academic director for a risk management training course at the China Business Executive Academy in Dalian on behalf of HEC Paris. Before joining Brookings, he taught at Sciences Po Paris a course on China’s international image and a course on U.S.-China-Europe relations, and was a research fellow at the Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques. From 2007 to 2013, he was a partner with Publicis Groupe, where he led a team of consultants advising the Shanghai Expo 2010 Organizing Committee.
Between 2004 and 2007, Le Corre served with France’s Ministry of Defense, first as a special assistant to the minister, and then as a senior analyst on China within the policy planning staff. He spent the first half of his career as a foreign correspondent, reporting from 15 Asian and European countries. He was a fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2003 to 2004.
Le Corre received a bachelor’s in international law and a master’s in political science from the Paris I Sorbonne University. He is also the recipient of a certificate in Asian studies from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales.
French-American Foundation (New York), board member
Harvard Club of Washington D.C., director
Institute of International and Strategic Studies, member