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Dr Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

Senior Lecturer in International Relations of East Asia


Dr. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations of East Asia. She teaches at the Department of Politics, University of Antwerp (UA), and the School of Political and Social Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), both in Belgium. She is concurrently a Visiting Professor at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) of the University of Kent, as well as an Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland.

Research interests

Her research interests and expertise include international relations in East Asia and, more broadly, the Asia-Indo-Pacific region with an emphasis on security. She focuses, in particular, on Japanese foreign and security policy; alignments and major power relations in the Asia-Indo-Pacific region;     security and geopolitics of the Taiwan Strait and the Korean Peninsula, as well as regional security cooperation in Asia and EU-Asia relations.

Dr. Atanassova-Cornelis has authored more than 60 academic articles, book chapters, briefing papers and reports covering various topics related to Asian-Pacific politics and security, and Asia-Europe relations. She has delivered more than 90 lectures and presentations at international                  conferences, high-level expert meetings, and universities in both Europe and Asia.

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