Pascal Lorot

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Pascal Lorot
BornApril 30, 1960
OccupationEconomist and geopolitician

Pascal Lorot (born 30 April 1960 at Clichy[1]) is a French economist and geopolitician.


He earned an economics PhD from the l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris (1987).[2]

He has been the president of Institut Choiseul for International Politics and Geoeconomics since 2003, and has also been a member of the French Commission of Energy Regulation since November, 2003.[3]

Lorot's past activities include: director of economic studies for the French oil company Total (1995-2002), many ministerial cabinet positions, a counselor for the president of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (BERD), and a researcher at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). He also was the president of the economical commission of the Club de l'horloge.[4]

Lorot is the founder and director of the academic journal Géoéconomie, and director of six other journals focused on geopolitical issues including:

  • Monde Chinois was founded in 2004 and is a leading French journal dedicated to the analysis of economic, strategic, political and cultural evolutions in the Chinese world (People's Republic of China, Taïwan, Hong Kong and Singapore).
  • Politique Américaine is a French language journal dedicated to contemporary issues in the United States of America.
  • Problèmes d'Amérique latine is a major French language journal on current political, economic and cultural change in Latin America.
  • Nordiques was founded in 2003 and is the only French language journal dedicated to the policies and strategies of states in Northern Europe and the Baltic.
  • Maghreb-Machrek is one of the largest, most renowned international reviews dedicated to the Arab world.

Contribution to International Relations[edit]

Along with American economist and consultant Edward Luttwak, Lorot helped develop a branch of international relations study known as geoeconomics (sometimes spelled geo-economics). According to Lorot:

"Geoeconomics analyzes economic strategies--notably commercial--, decided upon by states in a political setting aiming to protect their own economies or certain well-identified sectors of it, to help their national enterprises acquire technology or to capture certain segments of the world market relative to production or commercialization of a product. The possession or control of such a share confers to the entity–-state or national enterprise–-an element of power and international influence and helps to reinforce its economic and social potential."[3] (Translated from French, italics are contributor's own)


  • Le siècle de la Chine, Choiseul, 2007
  • Planète Océane. L'essentiel de la mer (co-direction of the work with Jean Guellec), Choiseul, 2006
  • A qui profite la guerre ?, Editions 1, 2003
  • Guerre et économie (co-direction of the work with Jean-François Daguzan), Ellipses, 2003
  • Dictionnaire de la mondialisation (direction of the work), Ellipses, 2001
  • Introduction à la Géoéconomie (direction of the work), Economica, 1999
  • La Géopolitique (with François Thual), collection "Clefs", Montchretien, 1997, 2002 (2ème édition)
  • Histoire de la Géopolitique, Economica, 1995
  • Histoire de la Perestroïka, "Que-sais-je ?", P.U.F. 1993
  • Les nouvelles frontières de l'Europe (direction of the work), Economica, 1993
  • Le réveil balte, collection "Pluriel-intervention", Hachette, 1991
  • La conquête de l'Est - Les atouts de la France dans le nouvel ordre européen (avec Georges Ayache), Calmann-Lévy, 1991
  • Les pays baltes, "Que-sais-je ?", P.U.F. 1991. 2ème éd.
  • Finance internationale Soviétique - Quelques éléments de réflexion, collection "Les cahiers", IFRI, 1989
  • Singapour, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Corée du Sud : les nouveaux conquérants ? (with Thierry Schwob), Hatier, 1986, 3ème éd. 1988
  • Les zones franches dans le monde (with Thierry Schwob), collection "Notes et études documentaires", La documentation française, 1987
  • Les zones franches, éditions de l'Institut économique de Paris, 1984.