Dr. Christian Wirth

Research Fellow


  • Short CV

    • Since 2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg

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

    • 2016: Visiting Associate Professor, School of Law, Tohoku University, Sendai

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

    • 2012 - 2015: Research Fellow, Griffith University Asia Institute, 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 Federal Government of Switzerland

    • Education: 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. (Master of Law) University of St. Gallen (HSG); General Staff Officer of the Swiss Armed Forces; Chinese language studies at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei, and at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

    Current Research

    • Traditional and Non-traditional (Critical) Security in East Asia and the Pacific

    • Maritime Security Politics and Ocean Governance in East Asia

    • Social and Political Change / Politics of Identity and Legitimacy in Northeast Asia

    • Political Geography, Historical Sociology

    Countries and Regions

    • China

    • Japan

    • Korea

    • East Asia

    • Australia


    Memberships

    • German Association for Asian Studies 
    • German Political Science Association
    • European International Studies Association
    • International Studies Association

    Chapter in edited Volume | Forthcoming

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

    Japan has been mired in national crises and undergoing profound change since the early 1990s. The author of this book analyses the crisis narrative across and changes of public institutions three decades and ten policy fields to distinguish discursively generated crises from actual policy failures.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

    Chapter in edited Volume | Forthcoming

    Narrating Japan’s Crisis, Narrating Japan’s Rebirth

    Japan has been in a state of national crisis and profound change since the early 1990s. The book analyses the crisis narrative over three decades and ten policy fields to distinguish discursively generated crises from actual policy failures. This chapter summarises the findings.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

    Social Science Japan Journal | 09/2021

    "Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination," by Atsuko Watanabe. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

    This article reviews Atsuko Watanabe‘s Book “Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination” published in Cham, Switzerland by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The author finds that the volume addresses a glaring gap in scholarship on the international relations of Japan and East Asia.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Research Project | 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

    Research Project | 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

    Research Project | 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

    Wiener Zeitung | Quote | 28/02/2021

    Der Taiwan-Konflikt ist brandgefährlich

    DW Deutsche Welle | Quote | 14/02/2021

    Marineübungen Irans mit Russland und China

    Organiser, Moderator | 17/02/2022

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

    GIGA Event Online event: 17/02/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 16/12/2021

    In search of the rules-based order: Europe’s evolving Indo-Pacific approach

    European University Institute Fiesole: 16/12/2021

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Consultant | 20/11/2021

    10. Schaumburger Plattform: China - Bedrohung oder Partner für deutsche Interessen?

    Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik e.V., Sektion Minden Minden: 20/11/2021

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Teaching | Helmut Schmidt University | 2019

    Foreign Policy and International Cooperation

    Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg

    Seminar taught at University of the Armed Forces Hamburg

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