Dr Mikael Weissmann is Associate Professor in War Studies and the Head of Research- and Deputy Head of the Land Operations Division at the Swedish Defence University’s Department of War Studies and Military History. He is also the Director of Studies for the PhD program in War Studies and the co-convenor of the Land Warfare Research Group (LWRG) and the Hybrid Warfare Research Group (HWRG). He is also a member of CSCAP-EU.

Weissmann has previously held positions at, among others, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 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 Ph.D. 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 lead editor for Hybrid Warfare: Security and Asymmetric Conflict in International Relations (I.B. Tauris, 2021) and for two Special Issues in Asian Perspective (2019) and Asian Survey (2015). He is also co-editor for the forthcoming book Russian Hybrid Warfare and Influence: Small States in the intersection between the East and West (Bloomsbury Academic). His work has appeared in journals like International Affairs, the Journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Washington Quarterly, Defence Studies, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Asian Survey, Asian Perspective and the Journal of Baltic Security. Weissmann is also the author of the monograph The East Asian Peace: Conflict Prevention and Informal Peacebuilding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

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 focuses on security, strategy, and warfare. His expertise includes:

  • Land Warfare
  • Urban Warfare
  • Hybrid threats- and warfare
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Russian warfare and influence (particular interest in the Balkans) 
  • Strategic Communication and Influence
  • Military operations and tactics
  • Military tactical thinking
  • China and East Asian security and strategy broadly defined

Another area of expertise is Professional Military Education (PME) and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Weissmann is here mainly interested in different practical forms of teaching and learning & examination of different officers’ programs. He here has a particular interest in Staff Rides and the use of War Games, Case Studies and Simulations.    

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

  • the South China Sea
  • the North Korean nuclear conflict
  • the Taiwan Issue
  • the Belt and Road initiative
  • Energy
  • Sino-Russian relations

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

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Land Warfare | Urban Warfare | Hybrid Threats & Warfare | Intelligence Analysis | Russian Warfare & Influence | China | East Asia