Dr Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

Senior Lecturer in International Relations of East Asia
University of Antwerp


Dr. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations of East Asia at the Department of Politics, University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is also a Professor at the School of Political and Social Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) of the University of Kent, the UK.

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Research Interests

Her research interests and expertise include international relations in the Asia-Pacific region with a special focus on security, in particular, security alliances and alignments in Asia, geopolitics in East and Southeast Asia, as well as regional security cooperation in Asia.
Dr. Atanassova-Cornelis has authored more than 30 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 60 lectures and presentations at conferences, high-level expert meetings, and various universities in both Europe and Asia.