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The Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS) is an independent think tank with branches in the cities of Bratislava (Slovakia), Olomouc (Czech Republic), and Vienna (Austria). Building upon the activities of the Institute of Asian Studies in Bratislava, CEIAS is a joint venture of the Institute of Asian Studies, Palacky University’s project ‘Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the edges’ (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000791), the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, and the Department of East Asian Studies at Comenius University.

The main purpose of CEIAS is to spread knowledge about Asia among scholars, experts and professionals in Central Europe and beyond, while at the same time to inform the wider world about Central European engagements with Asia.

To meet our aims, we conduct and publish own research, organize public seminars and conferences, support education about relevant Asian topics, and communicate with the media. Our activities focus mainly on international relations and security studies in the geographical regions of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia. The CEIAS cooperates with similar organizations and like-minded individuals in the region and beyond to help achieve our goals.

Who we are

Alfred Gerstl, PhD.

CEIAS President

Research Interests: Southeast Asia, ASEAN, China, Belt and Road, South China Sea, Terrorism, Human Security

Alfred Gerstl, Ph.D.
Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D.

Program Director

Research interests: International relations in East Asia, Chinese foreign policy, political economy, distribution of power in world politics

Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D.
Matej Šimalčík

Executive Director

Research Interests: Chinese and Japanese security policy, strategic culture, Chinese influence in Europe, relations between China and Europe

Matej Šimalčík
Werner Fasslabend, Dr.

CEIAS Vicepresident

Research Interests: Geopolitics, Global Order, EU, Central Eastern Europe, Northeast and Southeast Asia

Werner Fasslabend, Dr.
Lucia Husenicová, PhD.

Board Member

Research interests: North Korean regime,Inter-Korean Relations, security environment in East Asia, liberal theory of International Relations

Lucia Husenicová, PhD.
Jana Benická, prof.

Board Member

Research interests:

Jana Benická, prof.
Ondřej Kučera, Ph.D.

Board Member

Research Interests:

Ondřej Kučera, Ph.D.
Kristina Kironska, PhD.

Research Fellow

Research Interests: human rights, Myanmar, Southeast Asia, democratization and electoral systems

Kristina Kironska, PhD.
Filip Šebok

Research Fellow

Research interests: Japanese and Chinese foreign and domestic policy, political and security issues of East Asia, the role of the United States in the region, Chinese discourse and propaganda

Filip Šebok
Runya T. Qiaoan, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Research Interest: civil society in China, cultural sociology and China-CEE relations

Runya T. Qiaoan, Ph.D.
Martin Šebeňa

Research Fellow

Research interests: Chinese economy, social issues, identity and nationalism in China and Hong Kong

Martin Šebeňa
Róbert Vancel

Research Fellow

Research interests: Japanese foreign and security policy, activities of Japan within East
Asia, Japanese domestic policy

Róbert Vancel
Klára Dubračíková

Research fellow

Research interest: Chinese domestic propaganda, censorship, modern Chinese history, Taiwan

Klára Dubračíková
Barbara Kelemen

Research fellow

Research Interests: China-Middle East relations, China's security policy, Trasnational terrorism & Ideology, China's foreign policy

Barbara Kelemen
Peter Marko

Research Fellow

Research Interests: Sino-European relations, history of China and Tibet in the 20th century

Peter Marko
Velina Tchakarova

Research Fellow

Research interests: Geopolitics, Global Order, EU, Central and Southeast Europe

Velina Tchakarova
Lívia Bulajcsíková Benková, Dr.

Research fellow

Research interests: Central Eastern Europe, Visegrad-4, migration, NATO

Lívia Bulajcsíková Benková, Dr.
Mária Strašáková, Ph.D.

Research fellow

Research interests: Vietnam, Southeast Asia, China, Belt and Road Initiative

Mária Strašáková, Ph.D.
Martin Lavička

Research fellow

Research interests: modern history of China, Chinese politics, China’s ethnic policies

Martin Lavička

Annual Reports

2018 (EN)
2018 (SK)
2017 (EN)
2017 (SK)