Research team

Antoine Bondaz

Research fellow

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Geostrategy/Crises and conflicts
Defense policies

Dr. Antoine Bondaz is a Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique and heads the FRS-KF Korea Program on Security and Diplomacy. His research focuses China and Koreas’ foreign and security policy, and strategic issues in East Asia. A participant to numerous high-level track 1.5 dialogues with top East Asian officials, he has testified before the French National Assembly and Senate, the European Parliament, NATO and at the UN.

Other ongoing activities

Antoine Bondaz teaches at Sciences Po Paris both at the School of Public Affairs ("Europe-Asia relations in the Trump era") and at the Europe-Asia campus ("China's foreign and security policy" and "Demystifying North Korea"). He regularly teaches at Paris 1 - Sorbonne, Paris War College and the National Defence Institute of Higher Education (IHEDN). He is a scientific advisor to the East Asia Program of the Geopolitical Studies Group (GEG) founded at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm.

Professional experience

Antoine Bondaz was Special Adviser to the President of the Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula of the European Parliament (2017-2019). He was a Research Fellow at Asia Centre where he participated in the China Observatory for the Ministry of armed forces, co-directed the quarterly Korea Analysis, and wrote on a regular basis for the quarterly China Analysis. He was Invited Visiting Fellow at Korea University's IIRI Center in 2012, and Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, part of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, in 2013. In 2017, he participated in the Korea Foundation and Chatham House Europe-Korea Young Policy Experts Forum, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs European Experts Invitation Program, and was selected during the Young Professional Day NATO-ACT/IISS to attend the NATO Transformation Seminar. In 2016, he participated in the China-US-Europe Young Scholars Program of the CCCWS and the China-US-Europe Young Leaders Program of the CAFIU.


Antoine Bondaz holds a Ph.D. in political science at Sciences Po with a thesis entitled "From Insecurity to Stability: China's Korean Politics from 2009 to 2014" (summa cum laude), under the supervision of Professor François Godement. He presented an original reflection on China's regional strategy by analyzing Chinese perceptions of their environment, and developed concepts such as of "insecurity complex" and "peripheral stability strategy". He has conducted field research in China (Tsinghua University), South Korea (Korea University) and North Korea (Institute of Disarmament and Peace), and has conducted more than 150 interviews with leading academics, experts and diplomats. He was a research grant recipient of the CNRS, funded by the Directorate General of Armaments and attached to the CERI/ Sciences Po and the Institute for Strategic Research at the Military School (IRSEM). He previously studied at Sciences Po Bordeaux (France), National Sun Yat Sen University (Taiwan) and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). As part of his doctoral research, Antoine Bondaz has received various research prizes and was a laureate of the IHEDN, four consecutive years, and the Pierre Ledoux Foundation, under the auspices of the Fondation de France.