Areas of expertise
Paul Soyez is an expert on Australia’s and France’s Indo-Pacific strategies and on the bilateral relationship between Canberra and Paris. He is particularly interested in the current repositioning of Australia’s foreign policy and the response of Indo-Pacific powers. He is also an expert on the regional integration of France’s overseas territories in the South Pacific and their role in Paris’s Indo-Pacific strategy.
Paul Soyez was the Press Attaché of the Embassy in France in Australia between 2018 and 2021. Before this experience, he was a researcher and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Australia (2014-2018), specialized in Australia’s foreign policy in its region. Paul Soyez has also taught at Sciences Po Paris and at the Paris-Sorbonne University.
Paul Soyez has a PhD in International Relations jointly awarded by the University of Melbourne and Paris-Sorbonne University. His thesis, “France and Australia’s mutual empowerment”, focused on the deepening of the bilateral relationship between Paris and Canberra between 1985 and 2018. His PhD was directed by Professors John Langmore, Philomena Murray and Olivier Forcade. Paul Soyez is also “agrégé” in History.
- Australia and France’s Mutual Empowerment, Middle Powers’ Strategies for Pacific & Global Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
- “Redefining a Strategic Narrative for France’s Future Presence in the South Pacific”, Chapter in the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report, December 2017
- “Macron and Turnbull Clarify their Common Ambitions”, The Strategist – ASPI, July 2017
- “France’s Presidential Campaign Pits a Strategy of Fear against One of Opportunity”, The Conversation, April 2017
- “Can France still Afford its Nuclear Deterrence?”, The Strategist – ASPI, November 2016
- “French-Indian Relations Take off again”, The Strategist – ASPI, October 2016
- “Asia’s Diplomatic Assertion, a Driving Force for the French-Australian Partnership”, Babel, May 2016
- “Repenser l’alliance américaine, à quelles échelles inscrire les ambitions diplomatiques australiennes ?”, Enquêtes, October 2015