Ms. Larissa Stünkel is a 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
Taiwan and Palau – Recognition’s Many Facets
Introduction: The tiny Pacific nation of Palau caught headlines when it co-hosted the seventh “Our Ocean Conference” in mid-April this year. For Palau’s president, Surangel Whipps Jr, the hybrid gathering […]
The Geopolitical Aftershocks of the China-Solomon Islands Security Agreement
Introduction: Chinese President Xi Jinping, shortly after taking office, remarked in 2012 that “the vast Pacific Ocean has ample space for China and the United States.” The comment was made at a […]
Australia All Bark and No Bite on Taiwan
Introduction: As Australia gears up for national elections, tensions surrounding the nation’s foreign policy trajectory are becoming unmistakable — particularly when it comes to Taiwan and its place in China–Australia […]
Politics in East Asia Today: Between Democracy, Debates, and Discourse
Introduction: On September 9-10, 2021, the Stockholm China Center at the Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP) organized the seminar “Politics in East Asia Today.” Thirteen scholars from different […]
What Is Kishidanomics? Can Japan achieve the new prime minister’s plan for income doubling and economic security?
Introduction On October 14, new Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio dissolved the House of Representatives to make way for a general election to be held on October 31. Heading into […]
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 […]