Dr. Christian Wirth

Research Fellow


  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Seit 2018: Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Asien-Studien, Hamburg

    • 2017: University Lecturer (Assistenz Professor), Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University, Leiden/Den Haag

    • 2016: Gastprofessor, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Tohoku University, Sendai

    • 2013: Gastwissenschaftler, Asiatic Research Institute (ARI), Korea University, Seoul

    • 2012 - 2015: Research Fellow, Asia Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane

    • 2011/2012: Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo

    • 2012: Research Associate, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo

    • 2008 - 2011: Research Assistant, Global Institute of Asian Regional Integration (GIARI), Waseda University, Tokyo

    • 2002 - 2006: Schweizerische Bundesverwaltung

    • Studium: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Studies, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo; Master of International Affairs, Department of International Relations, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra; lic. iur., Universität St. Gallen (HSG); Generalstabsoffizier der Schweizer Armee; Chinesisch Sprachkurse an der National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei und an der Tsinghua University in Beijing.

    Aktuelle Forschung

    Dr. Christian Wirth is Research Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies' Institute for Asian Studies (GIGA). He previously worked for the Swiss Federal Government and taught at Sophia, Tohoku and Leiden Universities. His research focuses on social and political change in Northeast Asia, and on maritime politics in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He is author of Danger, Development and Legitimacy in East Asian Maritime Politics: Securing the Seas, Securing the State (Routledge Asia’s Transformations, 2017), and co-editor with Sebastian Maslow of Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State (SUNY, 2021).

    Länder und Regionen

    • China

    • Japan

    • Korea

    • Ostasien

    • Australien


    Mitgliedschaften

    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde
    • Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
    • European International Studies Association
    • International Studies Association

    Blogbeitrag | 03.2022

    The European Union’s Conceptualization of Maritime Security

    Marianne Péron-Doise

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Contemporary Security Policy | 02.2022

    Filling the Void: The Asia-Pacific Problem of Order and Emerging Indo-Pacific Regional Multilateralism

    Die politischen Entscheidungsträger:innen sind sich einig, dass die „regelbasierte Ordnung“ in der neu ausgeprägten „Indo-Pazifik“-Region erhalten werden muss. Es ist jedoch nicht klar, was genau zu bewahren ist und warum die umstrittenen Begriffe schnell Eingang in die politischen Debatten gefunden haben. Eine Analyse.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Nicole Jenne

    GIGA Focus Asien | 1/2022

    How to Anchor Germany’s Drifting Indo-Pacific Policy

    Marinepräsenz hat bei der Implementierung von Indo-Pazifik Strategien eine zentrale Rolle eingenommen. Wie nun aber die Reise der Fregatte „Bayern“ offenbart, weisen die deutsche und andere europäische Strategien innere Widersprüche auf, welche durch das Schlagwort der „regelbasierten Ordnung“ überdeckt werden.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Kapitel in Sammelband | 11.2021

    Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change and the Transformation of the Japanese State

    Japan steckt seit Beginn der 1990er Jahren in nationalen Krisen und unterliegt einem tiefgreifenden Wandel. Der Autor analysiert die Krisennarrativ über drei Jahrzehnte und zehn Politikfelder hinweg nach, um diskursiv erzeugte Krisen von tatsächlichem Politikversagen zu unterscheiden.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2022

    Engaging the Indo-Pacific: German and Korean Perspectives on Regional Cooperation

    A collaborative, policy-oriented research project bringing together the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul. The project aims at analysing German and Korean strategies for Indo-Pacific engagement and identifying areas for bi- and multilateral cooperation.
    Korea Foundation, 2022

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

    Transforming Orders: How ‘Indo-Pacific’ Geopolitics Reconstruct Maritime Space and Alter the Law of the Sea’s Territorial Sovereignty and Freedom of the Seas Norms

    Maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas and confrontations between China and the United States over the freedom of navigation have put questions of maritime governance high on the political agenda. This research project places Indo-Pacific maritime politics in a broader context and analyses how discourses and practices in China, India, the US, Japan and Australia alter (perceptions of) international order(s) and of the international law of the sea.
    DFG, 2021-2023

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.01.2017 - 01.12.2019

    Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change and State Transformation: Japan in the Global Context

    While East Asia’s and especially China’s economic growth has become a major driving force of global change, developed countries struggle to readjust their social, economic and political institutions to the challenges of financial crises, shrinking populations, and the rising demand for and costs of social welfare. As an economically and technologically highly advanced society, Japan finds itself at the intersection and forefront of these regional and global changes.
    GIGA, Tohoku University Forum for Creativity, 2017-2019

    Contemporary Security Policy blog | Weitere | 30.03.2022

    The Indo-Pacific and the decline of the rules-based order

    The combination of antagonistic nationalist currents within East Asia and US resistance against the emergence of a post-Cold War order scuttled decades-long efforts to effectively institutionalize an Asia-Pacific region. Read Christian Wirth and Nicole Jenne analysis.

    Deutsche Welle | Zitat | 25.03.2022

    Will Germany reduce its security role in Southeast Asia?

    After Russia invaded Ukraine, Germany increased its military spending substantially. Wary of the crisis closer to home, Berlin might not be able to play its role in providing security to other parts of the world.

    Wiener Zeitung | Zitat | 28.02.2021

    Der Taiwan-Konflikt ist brandgefährlich

    Berater:in | 25.02.2022

    The Rise of the Indo-Pacific: Enhancing EU-Japan Geostrategic Cooperation

    European Policy Centre Brüssel: 25.02.2022

    Roundtable discussion with Anna Fotyga, Member of the European Parliament;
    Gabriele Visentin, EU Special Envoy for the Indo-Pacific; H.E. Masaki Yasushi, Ambassador of Japan to the EU, and Shino Watanabe, Professor at Sophia University

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Organisator:in, Moderator:in | 17.02.2022

    Krisennarrative, institutioneller Wandel und die Transformation des japanischen Staates

    GIGA Event Online event: 17.02.2022 Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Lehre | Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg | 2019

    Foreign Policy and International Cooperation

    Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg Hamburg

    Seminar taught at University of the Armed Forces Hamburg

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