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Helena Legarda’s research focuses on China’s foreign and security policies, including their domestic sources and drivers, and their geopolitical impact. Prior to joining MERICS she gained professional experience at the Delegation of the European Union to China and at research and advisory firm China Policy in Beijing. Legarda holds a Master in Public Policy degree with a focus on International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. She also studied Chinese language at Peking University.
China's Emergence as a Global Security Actor: Strategies for Europe, MERICS Paper on China No 4, July 2017. (with Mikko Huotari, Jan Gaspers, Thomas S. Eder, Sabine Mokry)
New kid on the block: the PLA's global ambitions, February 10, 2017.
Abschrecken und abwarten: Eine Strategie für den Umgang mit Nordkoreas nuklearer Bedrohung, in: Internationale Politik, September/October 2017. (with Hanns W. Maull)
New Kid on the Block: The ambitions of the People’s Liberation Army are beginning to approach Europe’s backyard, in: Berlin Policy Journal, January/February 2017.
Die globale Volksbefreiungsarmee, in: Internationale Politik, January/February 2017. (with Jan Gaspers)