Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick

Sebastian Bersick

Ruhr-University Bochum
International Political Economy of East Asia
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44780 Bochum
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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick
Chair, International Political Economy of East Asia, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Department of East Asian Studies (since 02/2015)

Research Interests

  • International political economy of Asia-Europe relations (esp. EU-China, EU-ASEAN, ASEM)
  • East Asian integration
  • China as a regional and global actor
  • International relations in Asia

Further Academic Affiliations

  • Jean Monnet Chair,
    International Political Economy of EU-Asia Relations, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Adjunct Professor,
    School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Visiting Professor,
    Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Academic Career

  • Associate Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), and Executive Director, Centre for China-EU Relations (CCER), Fudan University, Shanghai
  • University College Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Cork, Department of Government
  • Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Asia Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), Berlin
  • Senior Research Fellow, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels
  • Expert Political Analyst of the „Europe China Academic Network” (ECAN), funded by the EC, DG RELEX
  • Affiliated Fellow, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden
  • Research Associate, Division of Chinese and East-Asian Politics, Free University Berlin
  • Doctoral dissertation (summa cum laude) in political science at Free University Berlin, „The Politics of Interregional Relations. The example of the ASEM-process (supervisors: Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Eberhard Sandschneider)
  • Graduation in political science, Free University Berlin (Dipl.-Pol.)
  • Studies of sinology, political science and sociology at Free University Berlin
  • Studying Mandarin, Xiamen University, PR China
  • Studies of sinology, economics and political science at Free University Berlin and University of Cologne


  • Award of the ‘Ernst-Reuter-Preis 2003’ for outstanding doctoral dissertations at Free University Berlin
  • Doctoral dissertation scholarship from Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation



  • China’s International Roles. Challenging or Supporting International Order?, Routledge, New York (co-edited with Sebastian Harnisch/Jörn-Carsten Gottwald), 2016.
  • „Asia in the Eyes of Europe. Images of a Rising Giant”, Sebastian Bersick et al. (eds.), Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2012 (316 pages).
  • „The Asia-Europe Meeting: Contributions to a New Global Governance Architecture. The Eighth ASEM Summit in Brussels (2010)”, Amsterdam University Press, 2011 (264 pages), (co-edited with Paul van der Velde).
  • „Multiregionalism and Multilateralism: Asian-European Relations in a Global Context”, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, 2006 (240 pages), (co-edited with Wim Stockhof/Paul van der Velde).
  • „Auf dem Weg in eine neue Weltordnung? Zur Politik der interregionalen Beziehungen: Das Beispiel des ASEM-Prozesses.“ Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2004 (273 pages).
  • „ASEM: Eine neue Qualität der Kooperation zwischen Europa und Asien.“ Berliner Studien zur Internationalen Politik, Münster, 1998 (128 pages).

Book Chapters

  • Bersick, Sebastian; Schwerbrock, Julia (2018): "The political context: ASEM - (more than?) a forum of dialogue between Asia and Europe", in: Angress, Alexandra; Wuttig, Siegbert (eds.), ASEM Education Process - Looking back, looking ahead.
  • Bersick, Sebastian (2017): "Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM)", in: Staatslexikon Bd. 8, pp. 1324-1326.
  • "Cybersecurity and EU-China Relations", in: Kirchner; Christiansen; Dorussen (eds.) (2016): Security Relations between China and the European Union: From Convergence to Cooperation?, pp. 167-186, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (co-authored with George Christou and Shen Yi)
  • „China and the EU: Trade and national role conceptions”, in: Harnisch, Sebastian/Bersick, Sebastian/Gottwald, Jörn-Carsten (eds.) (2016), China’s International Roles. Challenging or Supporting International Order?, Routledge, New York, pp. 226-245.
  • „EU-China Relations”, in: Joergensen, Knud Erik et al. (eds.) (2015), Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Sage Publications, pp. 615-633.
  • „ASEAN, APEC und China”, in: Braml, Josef/Merkel, Wolfgang/Sandschneider, Eberhard (eds.) (2014), Außenpolitik mit Autokratien, Jahrbuch Internationale Politik Band 30, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), De Gruyter Oldenbourg, pp. 340-347.
  • „European Perceptions of Asian Regionalism: The Role of Multilateralism in Europe’s Image of Asia”, in: Holland, Martin/Chaban, Natalia (eds.) (2015), „Europe and Asia: Perceptions from Afar“, Nomos, Baden-Baden.
  • „Europe’s Role in Asia: Distant but Involved”, in: Shambaugh, David/Yahuda, Michael (eds.) (2013), International Relations in Asia: The New Regional System, Landham: Md.: Rowman & Littlefield. Revised and updated 2nd edition, pp. 115-144.
  • „China’s Strategic Development in the Asia-Pacific: Challenges and Prospects”, in: Huldt, Bo/Ries, Tomas/Sivonen, Pekka/Huldt, Camilla (eds.) (2013), Strategic Yearbook 2012, National Defence College, Stockholm, pp. 71-90 (co-authored with Niall Duggan).
  • „ASEAN, EAS, APEC – regionale Zusammenarbeit im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum“, in: Braml, Josef/Mair, Stefan/Sandschneider, Eberhard (eds.) (2012), Außenpolitik in der Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise, Oldenbourg: München, pp. 292-298.
  • „Perception and ASEM Visibility in the European Media”, in: Bersick, Sebastian/van der Velde, Paul (eds.) (2011), “The Asia-Europe Meeting: Contributions to a New Global Governance Architecture. The Eighth ASEM Summit in Brussels (2010), Amsterdam University Press, pp. 71-83 (co-authored with Tanja Bauer).
  • „Relaciones exteriores de la Unión Europea con Asia en 2008” („European Union’s external relations towards Asia and the Pacific during 2008”), in: Asia Pacific Yearbook 2009, Centre for International Relations and Development Studies (ed.) (2009), Barcelona/Madrid, pp. 135-141.
  • „Die EU und Ostasien“ (The EU and East Asia), in: Kramer, Heinz/Bendiek, Annegret (eds.) (2009): „Die Außenpolitik der Europäischen Union: Zwischen interregionalem Dialog und strategischer Partnerschaft“, Nomos, Baden-Baden, pp. 94-111.
  • „Europe in Asia”, in: Shambaugh, David/Yahuda, Michael (eds.) (2008), International Relations in Asia: The New Regional System, Landham: Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 104-123.
  • „The democratization of inter- and transregional dialogues: the role of civil society, NGOs and parliaments”, in: Rüland, Jürgen et al. (eds.) (2008), Asian-Europe Relations. Building blocks for global governance? Routledge: Oxon, pp. 244-269.
  • „The Impact of European and Chinese Soft Power on Regional and Global Governance”, in: Kerr, David/Liu, Fei (eds.) (2007), „The International Politics of EU-China Relations”, British Academy, London, pp. 216-230.
  • „EU-ASEM relations: democratization of interregional dialogue and the role of civil society“. In: Carbone, Maurizio/Lister, Marjorie (eds.) (2006), „New pathways in international development: gender and civil Society in EU policy“. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 187-196.
  • „Strengthening Multilateralism: The Impact of the ASEM process on Sino-European Cooperation, in: Stockhof, Wim/Velde, Paul van der (eds.) (2004), The Eurasian Space, Amsterdam University Press, Singapore and Leiden, pp. 138-154.
  • „How to upgrade the Sino-European Strategic Partnership: The Impact of the Politics of Interregional Relations on Sino-European Cooperation“. In: Xiong, Guangkai (ed.) (2004): „Sino-US-European Relations in the New Century: Opportunities and Challenges“, China Institute for International Strategic Studies, Beijing, pp. 120-144.

Journal Articles

  • „The Domestic Sources of China’s New Role in Reforming Global Capitalism”, in: International Politics, Special Issue on China’s Foreign Economic Policies (co-authored with Jörn-Carsten Gottwald), Vol. 52, No. 6, November 2015, pp. 779-800.
  • „Von wegen Zivilmacht: 10 Jahre Strategische Partnerschaft der Europäischen Union und der Volksrepublik China“, in: Integration, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2014, pp. 291-306, (co-authored with Jörn-Carsten Gottwald).
  • Dix ans de partenariat stratégique de l’UE avec la Chine, in: L’Europe en formation, Journal of Studies on European Integration and Federalism, no. 370 (2014), pp. 27-46 (co-authored with Jörn-Carsten Gottwald).
  • „Focused Leadership: China’s New Role in Global Economic Governance“, in: ASIEN, No. 128, July 2013, Special Issue, ed. by Bersick, Sebastian/Gottwald, Jörn-Carsten on „East Asia's Role in the New Global Economic Governance“, pp. 45-62 (co-authored with Jörn-Carsten Gottwald).
  • „Die ASEAN in Deutschlands Wahrnehmung”, in: Südostasien, no.3/2013, pp. 12-15 (co-authored with Tanja Bauer).
  • „Asia in the Eyes of Europe”, in: Asia Europe Journal, no. 261/2010, Special Issue on the occasion of ASEM 8, pp. 78-88.
  • „Strengthening Regional and Inter-regional Cooperation in Responding to Rising Extremism and Resurging Nationalism”, in: Panorama: Insights into East Asian and European Affairs, 2/2007, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore, pp. 63-80 (co-authored with Geest, Willem van der/Yeo, Lay Hwee).
  • „Interregional Cooperation Beyond ASEM@10: Responding to Rising Extremism and Resurging Nationalism”, in: Panorama: Insights into East Asian and European Affairs, 1/2007, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore, pp. 63-74.
  • „欧盟与中国的软实力对地区和全球治理的影响”(„The Impact of European and Chinese Soft Power Politics on Regional and Global Governance”), in: 外交评论 (Foreign Affairs Review), No. 6/2006, pp. 12-25.
  • „Making Euro-Asian Soft Power in the 21st Century: Concepts, Constraints and Consequences”, in: Jurnal Kajian Wilayah Eropa (Journal of European Studies), Vol. 2, No. 3/2006, Universitas Indonesia, pp. 109-121.
  • „Strategic considerations in the US-China relationship and the role of European soft power”, in: Asia Europe Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2/2006, pp. 251-164.
  • „Multipolarität gestalten: China’s Rolle im ASEM-Prozess“, in: Internationale Politik, Nr. 9, 59. Jahr/2004, pp. 30-36.
  • „Between Hegemony and Multilateralism: The ASEM policy of the PR China“, in: Südostasien, 20/1, pp. 21-24, 2004.
  • „A functional analysis of multilateral regimes – the role of civil society in the ASEM process“, in: Dialogue and Cooperation, 03/2003, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Singapore, pp. 23-31.
  • „Das Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): Akteure und Interessenlagen“, in: KAS/Auslandsinformationen, 12/2003, pp. 41-65.
  • „Menschenrechte im ASEM-Prozeß. Die Rolle von Menschenrechts-NGOs.“, in: Koreaforum, X, 1/2000, pp. 35-38.
  • „ASEM 2000. Das dritte Asia-Europe Meeting in Seoul und die Rolle von Nichtregierungsorganisationen“, in: Koreaforum, IX, 2/1999, pp. 31-35.
  • „ASEM: Defizite und Perspektiven europäisch-asiatischer Kooperation“, in: Südostasien, Europäisch-asiatische Beziehungen: Von der Kolonialzeit bis zur Globalisierung, 15/1, 1999, pp. 4-6.
  • „ASEM: Weniger ist mehr. Ein Ausblick auf das Außenministertreffen Ende März“, in: Asia Bridge, March 1999, p. 6.
  • „Risikofaktor China“, in: antimilitarismus information (ami): Ostasien: Militarisierung und Demokratisierung, 25/10, 1995, pp. 45-54.

Workingpaper, Policy Briefs, Book reviews et al.

  • "From Prospects to Praxis: Maritime Security and the EU's Role in East Asia", in: Bersick; Seemann (2017): Traversing the Challenges: Political, Economic, and Environmental Dimensions of Maritime and Regional Security, pp. 41-47, Manila: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • "Maritime Security in Southeast Asia and its Impact on Regional Integration", in: Seemann; de Jesus (eds.) (2016): A Quest for Regional Solutions: Challenges and Prospects for Conflicts in the South China Sea, pp. 9-14, Manila: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
  • Kissinger, Henry „On China“, in: Backes, Uwe/Gallus, Alexander/Jesse, Eckhard (eds.) (2012), Jahrbuch Extremismus & Demokratie, Nomos, pp. 198-201.
  • „Re-engaging Europe with Asia”, Final Conference Report, Europe-Asia Policy Forum, International Institute for Asian Studies, Amsterdam and The Hague, 2012.
  • Yeo, Lay Hwee/ Hofmeister, Wilhelm (eds.), The Asia-Europe Meeting. Engagement, enlargement and expectations, in: Asia Europe Journal, no. 8/2010, pp. 441-442.
  • „How should the EU package itself for Asia?”, Policy Brief, Europe-Asia Policy Forum,, 2010.
  • „Die Rolle der EU in der Sicherheitsarchitektur Ostasiens” (The EU’s Role in East Asia’s Security Architecture), SWP-Working Paper,, Berlin (35 pages), 2009.
  • „Die Präsidentschaftswahlen 2008 in Taiwan: innenpolitische und außenpolitische Implikationen“, Deutsch-Chinesische Gesellschaft (ed.), Berlin (19 pages), 2008.
  • „Compass 2020: Southeast Asia. The Future of German Foreign Relations”, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin, (co-authored with Paul Pasch), 2008.
  • „Great Expectations for Cross Strait Relations“, SWP Comments 2008/C 06, 4 pages (co-authored with Gudrun Wacker).
  • „Im Krebsgang nach vorn: Die ASEAN hat sich eine Charta gegeben”, SWP-Aktuell 2007/A 65, 4 pages (co-authored with Felix Heiduk).
  • „Celebration under a cloud. Myanmar's junta: a potential embarrassment for EU and ASEAN at their upcoming landmark summit”, in: Asia Pacific Times,, 2007.
  • „Kompass 2020 Deutschland in den internationalen Beziehungen – Ziele, Instrumente, Perspektiven, Zur Zukunft der deutschen Aussenbeziehungen: Südostasien, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin (co-authored with Paul Pasch), 2007.
  • „Retrospect, Prospects and Suggestions for Asia-Europe Cooperation: A Retrospect of the 2006 ASEM Summit and Vision and Suggestions for the 2008 Asia-Europe Cooperation”, in: Hofmann, Katharina/Meyer, Katja (eds.), „Current Situation and Future Prospects of Asia-Europe Security Cooperation”, Shanghai Institute for International Studies and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Shanghai, pp. 23-35, 2007.
  • „Cornerstone for Strategic Partnership. EU-ASEAN Cooperation”, in: Deutschland Forum on Politics, Culture and Business, No. 3, pp. 32-33, 2007.
  • „Prospects of East Asian Cooperation: Internal and External Implications of East Asian Soft Power Politics”, in: Jung, Winfried/Yan, Jiangfeng (eds.) Regional Cooperation: Experience in Europe and Practice in East Asia, China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Beijing, pp. 85-101, 2007.
  • „Informal Meeting with a Great Impact: Ten Years of ASEM”, in: Deutschland Forum on Politics, Culture and Business, E4, No. 6, pp. 32-33, 2006.
  • „Mongolia: From Chinggis Khaan to ASEM”, Proceedings of an academic seminar, co-organized by the European Commission and The Mission of Mongolia to the European Union, 23 November at the European Institute for Asian Studies, European Commission (37 pages), 2006.
  • „The external dimension of the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice in relation to China, India and Afghanistan”, Briefing Paper prepared for The European Parliament, Directorate General for External Policies of the Union (co-authored John Quigley/Signe Bruun-Jensen), 2006.
  • „ASEM and the legislator: ASEP in Helsinki”, in: EurAsia Bulletin, European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, Vol. 10, pp. 10-11, 2004.
  • „The EU’s Security Interests in East Asia“ in: EurAsia Bulletin, European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, Vol. 9, pp. 9-12, 2005.
  • „Strategic Considerations in the US-China Relationship: A Role for European Soft Power?“ In: Geest, Willem van der (ed.) (2005), The European Union’s Strategic Interests in East Asia, EIAS. Study for the European Commission, Brussels, pp. 85-96.
  • „Security and Political Recommendations for The European Union”, in: Geest, Willem van der (ed.) (2005), The European Union’s Strategic Interests in East Asia, EIAS. Study for the European Commission, Brussels, pp. 61-66 (co-authored with Zhang Wei-Wei).
  • „Regional cooperation and EU-Asia relations, in: EurAsia Bulletin, European Institute for Asian Studies, Vol. 9, p. 27, 2005.
  • „The EU Constitutional Treaty and its Impact on the Politics of Interregional Relations: Strengthening Europe’s Role in Asia”. In: Proceedings of the „Symposium on EU Constitution Treaty and EU’s Global Role“, National Chengchi University, Taibei, pp. 36-47, 2005.
  • „EU arms embargo: A role for the United States?“ In: EurAsia Bulletin, Vol. 9, No. 1&2 January-February 2005, p. 11.
  • „ASEM-Dialog und die Zukunft der Beschäftigung“, in; Asienhaus-Rundbrief 12/2004,, 2004.
  • „Sino-US-European Relations in the New Century“, in: Asien (German Association for Asian Studies), Nr. 92, Juli 2004, pp. 100-103.
  • „Europa, Asien und die Zukunft der Beschäftigung“,, 2004.
  • „Deutsche Asienpolitik auf dem Prüfstand“, in: Kommunikation Global, Deutsche Asienpolitik. Multidimensional oder akademisch?, February 2003, pp. 12-16.
  • „The ASEM Regime and its participants‘ interests“, in: Transnational Institute (ed.), Asia Europe Crosspoints, Amsterdam (16 pages), 2002.
  • „ASEM in an evolving post-9/11 world order“, in: Newsletter International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, p. 50, 2002.
  • „ASEM and the New EU Asia Strategy. Towards a post-September World Order?“. In: Nordic Newsletter of Asian Studies, Nr. 2, Copenhagen, pp. 20-23, 2002.
  • „Die europäisch-asiatischen Beziehungen am Beispiel des ASEM-Prozesses: Die Erweiterung des interregionalen Beziehungsmusters zwischen den Staaten der Europäischen Union und Teilen Asiens“. In: Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien (ed.) (1999), Asienkrise, Demokratie, Nationalismus. Neue Wechselwirkungen zwischen Politik und ökonomie in Ostasien. Beiträge zur ersten Nachwuchstagung Ostasien, pp. 79-84
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