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Volker Stanzel

Senior Advisor to the Asia & China programme and Council Member

Languages: German, English, Chinese and Japanese
Areas of Expertise: International affairs and security policy; German foreign policy; Japanese history, politics and economics, Chinese history, politics and economics; EU relations with East Asia.

Volker Stanzel joined ECFR as a Senior Adviser in the Fall of 2014.

German-born Stanzel, with a PhD in Japanese, Chinese and Political Studies, was a German diplomat from 1979 until October 2013, having worked as Asia Director (2001-2), as Director General for Political Affairs, followed by three years as the German Ambassador to China (2004-7), two years as Political Director in the Foreign Office (2007-9), and finally as the German Ambassador to Japan. He also worked as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Social Democratic Party in the German Bundestag (1995-8), and was a Visiting Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington (1998/9). Stanzel joined ECFR after teaching IR as a Visiting Professor at California's Claremont McKenna College in Spring 2014 and at the University of California Santa Cruz in Fall 2014.

Stanzel is also a Council Member of ECFR, a member of the German-Japanese Forum, a Member of the Board of the Academic Confucius Institute at Goettingen University, and a Member of the Board of the German-Japanese Industrial Cooperation Committee in Dusseldorf.


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