Dr Mikael Weissmann is an Associate Professor in War Studies and the Head of Research and Deputy Head of the Land Operations Section at the Swedish Defence University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of CSCAP-EU and the European Think-Tank Network China (ETNC) and co-convenor of the Hybrid Warfare Research Group at the Swedish Defence University.

Weissmann has previously held positions at, among others, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Copenhagen University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He has been a visiting fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Peking University, Renmin University and China Foreign Affairs University in China.

Weissmann holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg (2009) and is a docent in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University (2016). He also holds an M.Soc.Sci. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University (2003) and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia (2000).

Weissmann is the author of the monograph The East Asian Peace: Conflict Prevention and Informal Peacebuilding (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and his work have appeared in International Affairs, Washington Quarterly, the Journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Asian Survey and Asian Perspective. Currently, he is the lead editor for an edited volume on Hybrid Warfare and Asymmetric Threats (I.B. Tauris) and the guest editor of a special issue on Power (Shift) in East Asia in Asian Perspective.

Besides the Swedish Defence University, Weissmann has been teaching at Stockholm-, Uppsala-, Gothenburg- and Södertörn University and at Renmin-, Peking- and China Foreign Affairs University in China.

Weissmann’s research focus on security, strategy and warfare. His expertise includes:

  • military operations and tactics
  • military tactical thinking
  • hybrid threats- and warfare
  • Army tactics
  • China and East Asian security and strategy broadly defined.

His research on China and East Asia focuses on China’s forign policy and role in the world, with a special focus on China and Global Power Shifts. He has a particular interest in:

  • the Belt and Road initiative
  • the South China Sea
  • the North Korean nuclear conflict
  • the Taiwan Issue

Weissmann has also pursued research on track-two diplomacy, conflict management and peacebuilding as well as Sino-Russian and Europe’s relations with China and East Asia.

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