Mikael Weissmann joined UI as researcher in the East Asia Programme in 2010. He is also Senior Researcher in War Studies at the Dept. of Military Studies at the Swedish National Defence College. His research focuses on international relations, conflict management, and peace-building in East Asia and his main focus is on China and China's role.
Mikael Weissman's main focus is on the conflicts in the Taiwan strait, the South China Sea, and the Korean Peninsula, and on Soft Power in China's relations with Southeast Asia. He is also leading the project 'Collaboration at Sea', focusing on the role and impact of collaboration for maritime security.
He received his Ph.D. in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg in 2009. He also holds an M.Soc.Sci. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University (2003) and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia (2000). He is an affiliated researcher at the East Asian Peace program at Uppsala University. Mikael Weissmann has been a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) as well as Peking, Renmin, and China Foreign Affairs University (China).
He has published on conflict prevention and peace-building in the East Asian region. His focus has been on the role and impact of informal processes, including track-two and three diplomacy, regionalisation, and personal networks. He has also written on the Korean conflict and conflict management theory. Mikael Weissman has taught courses at Renmin, Peking, and Uppsala University.