Dr Christian Wirth is University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Leiden University, a Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area studies, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith University Asia Institute.
After working for the federal government in Switzerland he studied at the Australian National University and at Tsinghua University (Beijing). Dr. Wirth obtained his Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University and also taught at Sophia University in Tokyo and at Tohoku University in Sendai. He has been a Research Fellow at Griffith University, a visiting scholar at Korea, Peking, Waseda and Yonsei Universities, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Tohoku University.
Dr Wirth focuses on contemporary Chinese, Japanese and Korean politics. He is particularly interested in East Asian regional cooperation and integration, maritime politics, and the consequences of socio-economic change for the conduct of international politics.
His recent publications include Danger, Development and Legitimacy in East Asian Maritime Politics: Securing the Seas, Securing the State (Routledge 2017), “‘Power’ and ‘Stability’ in the China-Japan-South Korea Regional Security Complex” (The Pacific Review 2015), and “Securing the Seas, Securing the State: Hope, Danger and the Politics of Order in the Asia-Pacific” (Political Geography 2016).