Dr. Mikael Weissmann [CV Mikael Weissmann (Mar 2018) WEB FHS] is an Associate Professor (docent) at the Swedish Defence University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of CSCAP-EU and the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC).

Previously he has been working at, among others, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Copenhagen-, Uppsala- and Stockholm University.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) and Peking-, Renmin-, and China Foreign Affairs University (China).

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

Weissmann’s most recent publications include Sanctions and North Korea (Washington Quarterly), a special issue on China’s Maritime Embroilments (Asian Survey), the South China Sea (Asian Survey & Asian Perspective), Sino-Russian Relations (FOI), the Belt and Road Initative (ETNC & UI), Chinese Foreign Policy (JCIR), Global Shadow Wars (Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict), military tactical thinking (KKrVA Proceedings & Journal) and a monograph on the East Asian Peace (Palgrave).

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 themes include:
– Power Shift in East Asia,
– East Asian security with focus on China,
– War Studies
– Conflict Management and peace building.

He has a special interest in
– the North Korean nuclear conflict,
– the South China Sea,
– the Belt and Road Initiative,
– Sino-Russian relations,
– Cross-strait relations,
– EU-Asia relations.