New Caledonia, after the referendum

I recently wrote a short article about New Caledonia’s need to develop a strong foreign policy. New Caledonia is still not independent, but will undoubtedly enjoy more autonomy. It is important that Noumea fosters relations with foreign powers in order to be fully ready in the case the archipelago becomes independent.

Goulard, Sébastien (2018) , “New Caledonia: Moving Beyond the Independence Debate”, The Diplomat,  November 9, accessed

Interview with China Daily

Interview with China Daily (English version). Cecily Liu, journalist at this Chinese media, asked me about the involvement of French companies in Chinas’ Belt and Road Initiative. I highlighted the need for closer cooperation between France and China for the realization of the new Silk Roads.

This article is available here.

Geocultural Forum 2018

On September 27, was held in Saint Petersburg the first Geocultural Forum.

This event was organized by the Municipality of Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg University, Dialogue of Civilizations and Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and aimed at developing cultural ties between China, Russia and Central Asia.

I was a speaker at this event and made a presentation entitled: “Promoting multilateralism to address possible cultural challenges along the New Silk Road”. I explained that both China and Russia needed to adopt a multilateral approach to their projects in Central Asia.


Cultures Monde radio show

Invited as a guest  for a French radio show “Cultures Monde” presented by Florian Delorme on France Culture, a major French radio station, on August 29, 2018. This show focused  on trade wars, and the confrontation between the United States and China. I discussed with Barthélémy Courmont (Catholic University of Lille, IRIS) Beijing’s response to US tariffs and the inexorable rise of China.

The show is available on podcast at the:


Wallonia Export Days

For the “Wallonia Export Days” organized by the Walloon Export Agency on June 4-5 2018 in Louvain-la-Neuve, I made a presentation about the challenges of the new Silk Roads to an audience made of Belgian entrepreneurs and export experts.

I insisted on the fact that the new Silk Roads are not just railroads connected China to Europe. I called on  European companies to seize opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road initiative” in all states involved in this programme.

The new infrastructure will create development in many parts of Asia and Africa. The AWEX agency has understood the importance of this initiative for Walloon companies.


Roundtable at DOC Research Institute

On May 30 2018, I took part to a roundtable on “Infrastructure development in emerging economies” hosted by DOC Research Institute, a think tank based in Berlin.

Sebastien Goulard with Prof. Valentine Udoh James

My presentation focused on financing “Belt and Road” projects. I explained the gradual approach adopted by China to finance infrastructure projets along the new Silk Roads. I also argued that these infrastructure projects were necessary for the development of both Asia and Africa.

This event was coorganised by DOC Research Institute and T20 Argentina.

Interview about China’s consulate in French Polynesia

Interview given to ABC News about China’s consulate in French Polynesia. On April 26, I answered to Catherine Graue’s questions about the possible illegal occupation of a mansion in Papeete by the Chinese consulate for “Pacific Beat”.

In this interview, I explained China’s investment strategy in Tahiti.

Full interview available here.

The Libyan crisis and Bangladeshi immigration to Europe

aeg goulardPresentation entitled “The Libyan crisis and Bangladeshi immigration to Europe”, at Académie Européenne de Géopolitique (European Academy of Geopolitics), Paris, April 10, 2018.

During this presentation, I tried to show how Bangladeshi immigration to Europe was connected with the civil war in Libya. I published more in-depth research about this topic in an article.

This conference was organised by Michel Korinman.