“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Philippe Le Corre is an affiliate with the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and a senior fellow with Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center on Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a former fellow with the Belfer Center.
Philippe Le Corre's research interests include China’s geoeconomic rise, Sino-European and transatlantic relations, Chinese outbound foreign direct investments and competition in Eurasia and Asia-Pacific. From 2014 to 2017, he was a Visiting Fellow with The Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Le Corre previously served as Special Assistant and Counsellor for international affairs to the French Minister of Defense and as senior policy analyst on Northeast Asia within the Ministry of Defense's directorate for strategy. He was also partner with Publicis Groupe, where he ran a team of consultants advising the Shanghai World Expo 2010. He started his career as a foreign correspondent based in Asia from 1988 to 1998.
Le Corre is the author of four books including China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Institution Press, 2016; Fayard, 2015), Tony Blair, les rendez-vous manqués (2004), Quand la Chine va au marché (Maxima, 1999), Après Hong Kong (Autrement, 1997). He contributed a chapter to the forthcoming volume Rethinking the Silk-Road - China's Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017). Le Corre is also the author or co-author of Brookings monographs China’s Global Rise: can the EU and US pursue a coordinated strategy? (October 2016) and France: A critical player in a weakened Europe (April 2017), as well as two relatively recent papers: China's rise: what about a transatlantic dialog? (Asia-Europe Journal, May 2017) and China abroad: the Long March to Europe (China Economic Quarterly, July 2016). Additionally, he has published in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nikkei Asian Review, Journal of Commerce, China Perspective, Far Eastern Economic Review, South China Morning Post, Le Monde and Les Echos, among others, and appears regularly on CNN, CNBC, BBC, France 24 and Bloomberg TV.
Le Corre received his BA and MA in political science from the Sorbonne in Paris, and was a 2003-2004 Fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) at Harvard. He was awarded a Sachs Scholarship for his WCFIA fellowship.Last Updated: Nov 9, 2018, 10:20am