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Head of the European China Policy Unit (ECPU)
Jan Gaspers’s research focuses on Europe-China security relations, transatlantic China policy and cyber diplomacy. He previously worked as a political analyst for the RAND corporation, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of research projects on European and transatlantic foreign and security policy issues for European governments and EU institutions. Gaspers also held research and management positions with the Nato Parliamentary Assembly, the OSCE, the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna, the European Union Institute for Security Studies and the European Centre for Development Policy Management. He earned an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge as well as BA degrees in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sussex.
China's Emergence as a Global Security Actor: Strategies for Europe, MERICS Paper on China No 4, July 2017. (with Mikko Huotari, Thomas S. Eder, Helena Legarda, Sabine Mokry)
Asserting European interests: How Brussels should deal with the question of China’s Market Economy Status, MERICS China Policy Brief, January 2016. (with Olaf Böhnke, Mikko Huotari)
Belt and Road Forum: China’s global leadership experiment, May 11, 2017.
Germany Wants Europe to Help Shape China's Belt and Road Initiative, 19 December 2016.
International unity needed on South China Sea, 13 July 2016. (with Thomas Eder)
Brexit is bad news for European China policy, 12 July 2016.
Why the EU should use the OSCE to engage China on security issues, 17 May 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)
Don’t rush into granting Market Economy Status to China, 26 February 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)
Turkey Looks to China for Security Cooperation Alternatives, GMF Policy Brief, July 5, 2017. (with Mikko Huotari)
China: Seidenstraße: Licht und Schatten, in: Wirtschaftsdienst, 6/2017.
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 Mikko Huotari and Thomas Eder)
Berlino e il buio oltre i binari, in: Cina-Usa, la sfida, Limes 01/17, 169-176.
Die globale Volksbefreiungsarmee, in: Internationale Politik, January/February 2017. (with Helena Legarda)
Germany Wants Europe to Help Shape China's Belt and Road Initiative, in: The Diplomat, December 17, 2016.
How to protect Europe’s Interests in the South China Sea, in: The Diplomat, July 12, 2016. (with Thomas Eder)
Is Europe Prepared to Deal with the China Challenge?, in: ChinaFile, A ChinaFile Conversation, June 24, 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)
China's high stakes in the British EU referendum, in: EUobserver, June 22, 2016.
Meeting Halfway - There are compelling reasons for the EU to use the OSCE to engage China on security issues of joint concern, in: Berlin Policy Journal, May 17, 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)
EU should not rush into granting China market economy status, in: EUobserver, February 11, 2016. (with Mikko Huotari)
China fordert die EU heraus, in: Frankfurter Rundschau, August 30, 2017.
Die Neue Seidenstraße, in: LE MONDE diplomatique, June 8, 2017. (with Sebastian Heilmann)
"Mehr Gemeinsamkeiten zwischen EU und China", Interview with Deutsche Welle, May 31, 2017.
Die chinesische Verlockung, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 28, 2017.