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Thomas Eder’s research focuses on Eurasian geopolitics, EU-China relations and transnational security, and the international legal order. Prior to joining MERICS, he analyzed Sino-Russian relations and Chinese energy security, as well as China’s relations with international courts and tribunals. While he studied for his PhD in international law, he worked as a Research Associate at the Universities of Vienna and Hong Kong and a guest scholar at New York University. He also gained professional experience as a Junior Officer at the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
China's Emergence as a Global Security Actor: Strategies for Europe, MERICS Paper on China No 4, July 2017. (with Mikko Huotari, Jan Gaspers, Helena Legarda, Sabine Mokry)
China's Global Law Enforcement Drive: the need for a European response, MERICS China Monitor No. 36, January 18, 2017. (with Bertram Lang, Moritz Rudolf)
U.S. exit from TPP – three main takeaways for Europe, February 2, 2017.
The pitfalls of law enforcement cooperation with China, January 26, 2017. (with Bertram Lang)
International unity needed on South China Sea, July 13, 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
How Europe can help prevent an escalation in the South China Sea, April 4, 2016.
Can Turkey play the Shanghai card? China’s take on Ankara’s Eurasian security endeavours and what it means for Europe’s security architecture, in: Security Policy Working Paper No. 6, 16. Februar 2017. (with Jan Gaspers and Mikko Huotari)
The pitfalls of law enforcement cooperation with China, in: The Diplomat, January 21, 2017. (with Bertram Lang)
Only Rocks and a Hard Place: China's recent setback might further escalate the confrontation in the South China Sea, in: Berlin Policy Journal, 14 July 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)
How to protect Europe’s Interests in the South China Sea, in: The Diplomat, 12 July 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
Is China’s challenge to maritime law facilitated by Western neglect?, in: Europe's World, 20 June 2016. (with Hanns W. Maull)
Moscow’s Failed Pivot to China - And How It Benefits Europe, in: Foreign Affairs, 17 April 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)