Junior Research Fellow
Ms. Larissa Stünkel is a Junior Research Fellow at ISDP’s Stockholm China Center. She holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. She has spent exchange semesters in both Japan and South Korea, and conducted field work in Tokyo. In 2019, Ms. Stünkel completed a six-month internship with ISDP’s Stockholm Japan Center where she first applied her academic expertise in a policy-oriented environment. Her research interest covers the shifting geopolitics in the Pacific Islands, maritime security, as well as diplomatic relations within the Asia-Pacific region.
Publications by Larissa Stünkel
Cross-Strait Relations: A Conflict in Slow Motion?
Abstract Xi Jinping’s much-anticipated centennial speech left little doubt that it remains “an unshakeable commitment” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to resolve the Taiwan issue. With the global pandemic […]
How a German Frigate in the South China Sea May Upend Beijing-Berlin Relations
Introduction Signs are growing in number that relations between China and the European Union are experiencing serious troubles, and in some cases Chinese diplomacy with specific EU members, such as Lithuania and Sweden, has […]
First Fiji, Then the World
How the prime minister of a tiny group of Pacific islands has become an international power player. See original article in Foreign Policy here. Immediately after his election victory in […]
The Question of Guam: A Pivotal Island’s Changing Realities
Abstract For decades, Guam has played an important role in U.S. military strategy. The two main military bases in the island, Anderson Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, have […]
Taiwan-Paraguay Relations: Convergent Trajectories
Abstract Paraguay’s ongoing diplomatic recognition of Taiwan rests upon a common historical foundation and reflects a parallel trajectory. Successive regimes have maintained diplomatic relations even as the external environment has […]
Fijian Leadership in the Pacific: Charting a New Course?
Summary Amidst a changing geopolitical environment, issues of domestic politics, social concerns, as well as climate change related risks, the Pacific island nation of Fiji has set out on a […]
Combating Narcotics and Trafficking: Revisiting the Opioid Crisis
Crises Merging While the Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly become the most attention-grabbing public health crisis globally, opioid abuse continues to exercise a tight grip on large swathes of the United […]
Taiwan-Marshall Islands Relations: Against the Tide
Introduction The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is among a handful of countries to still recognize the Republic of China (ROC)*, one of four in the South Pacific. Two […]
Between Scandals & Elections: Sino-Austrian Relations in the Era of Sharp Power
Introduction Li Zhanshu, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the country’s top legislator, visited Austria in May 2019 during his tour through Europe. […]