Dr. Sebastian Biba

Biba1

Research Fellow at the Professorship for Political Science with the Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia

Goethe-University
Faculty 03 Social Science
Institute for Political Science

Westend Campus, PEG-building
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 
Room 3 G.156 (3rd floor)
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 (0)69 798-36556
Fax: +49 (0)69 798-763-36556
E-Mail: biba@soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Mailing Address:
Westend Campus
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 
PEG building, Post box 17
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Consultation hours:
Tuesday, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

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VITA   |   RESEARCH   |   TEACHING   |  PUBLICATIONS   |   TALKS   |  MEDIA APPEARANCES 

 

VITA

 Professional Career

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Visiting fellow at Peking University, School of International Studies

Okt 2012 – Research Fellow at the Professorship for Political Science with a Focus on Area StudiesChina/East Asia

Okt 2009 –
Jun 2010

Research Assistant at the Institute of International Relations in Taipeh
Jan 2008 –
Mär 2008
Intern with the Asia Research Division at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin



 Academic Education

Oct 2014

PhD thesis defense at University of Frankfurt, Institute for Political Science (Dissertation title: From Securitization Moves to Positive Outcomes: The Case of the Spring 2010 Mekong Crisis)

Sep 2010 –
Jan 2011

Visiting PhD Student at Hong Kong University, Department of Politics and Public Administration

Sep 2009 –
Sep 2012

PhD Student at the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS), National Chengchi University Taipei

Aug 2008

Bachelor, Chinese Studies, University of Vienna

Feb 2007 –
Jul 2007

Exchange semester at the University of Vienna, Institute for East Asian Studies

Feb 2005 –
Aug 2005

Exchange semester at Peking University, European Centre for Chinese Studies Programme

Sep 2003 –
Jul 2009

Master of Arts (German Magister) in Chinese Studies, Political Science, and Law, University of Frankfurt


RESEARCH

Chinese foreign policy, international relations in Asia, regionalism and regional order in East Asia, non-traditional security in East Asia (esp. international rivers), global governance, securitization theory

 

TEACHING

Winter Term 2016/17

Theoretical Perspectives on Current Topics in East Asian International Relations
Chinesische Außenpolitik

Summer Term 2016

EU(ropa)-China-Beziehungen
Regionalismus in Ostasien

Winter Term 2015/16
Einführung in die chinesische Außenpolitik
Evaluation of the seminar

Non-traditional Security Threats in East Asia
Evaluation of the seminar

Summer Term 2015
Krisen, Konflikte und Kooperationen in Ostasien
Evaluation of the seminar

Theoretical Perspectives on Current Topics in East Asian International Relations
Evaluation of the seminar

Winter Term 2014/15
Einführung in die chinesische Außenpolitik
Evaluation ot the seminar

Regionalismus in Ostasien
Evaluation of the seminar

Summer Term 2014
Theoretical Perspectives on Current Topics in East Asian International Relations 
Evaluation of the seminar

Krisen, Konflikte und Kooperationen in Ostasien
 
Evaluation of the seminar

Winter Term 13/14
The Emergence and Evolution of Multilateralism in China's Foreign Policy Since the 1990s 
Evaluation of the seminar

Summer Term 2013
Krisen, Konflikte und Kooperationen in Ostasien (Crises, Conflicts and Cooperation in East Asia) 
Evaluation of the seminar

Winter Term 2012/13
The Emergence and Evolution of Multilateralism in China's Foreign Policy Since the 1990s  
Evaluation of the seminar

   

I. PUBLICATIONS

 

Monographs and Editions

2018: China's Hydro-politics in the Mekong: Conflict and Cooperation in Light of Securitization Theory, London and New York: Routledge.
2016: “Non-traditional Security in Sino-Indian Relations”, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (Special Issue), 45: 3 (Editor of Special Issue). https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/issue/view/145.
2016:

“Eclipsed by Clashing Titans? Europe and the Risks of US-Chinese Confrontation”, European Foreign Affairs Review, 21:3/1 (Special Issue) (mit Markus Liegl und Reinhard Wolf),1-133. http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/toc.php?area=Journals&mode=bypub&level=5&values=Journals%7E%7EEuropean+Foreign+Affairs+Review%7EVolume+21+%282016%29.

 

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals and Editions

2018:

"China's 'Old' and 'New' Mekong River Politics: The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation from a Comparative Benefit-sharing Perspective", Water International (accepted for publication).

2016:

“It’s Status, Stupid: Explaining the Underlying Core Problem in US-China Relations”, Global Affairs, 2:5, 455-464, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2016.1276077.

2016: “Global Governance in the Era of Growing US-China Rivalry: What Options Exist for Europe?”, European Foreign Affairs Review, 21:3/1 (October), 47-64. http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/abstract.php?area=Journals&id=EERR2016033.
2016: “From Securitization Moves to Positive Outcomes: The Case of the 2010 Mekong Crisis”, Security Dialogue (SSCI), 47:5 (October), 420-39. http://sdi.sagepub.com/content/47/5/420.abstract.
2016: “The Goals and Reality of the Water-Food-Energy Security Nexus: The Case of China and Its Southern Neighbours”, Third World Quarterly (SSCI), 37:1 (January), 51-70. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2015.1086634.
2014:

“Desecuritization in China’s Behavior Towards Its Transboundary Rivers: the Mekong River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Irtysh and Ili Rivers”, Journal of Contemporary China (SSCI), 23:85 (January), 21-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2013.809975.

2012: “China’s Continuous Dam-building on the Mekong River”, Journal of Contemporary Asia (SSCI), 42:4 (November), 603-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00472336.2012.712257.

 

Additional Publications in Scholarly Journals and Editions

2016: “New Concerns, More Cooperation?: How Non-traditional Security Issues Affect Sino-Indian Relations”, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (Special Issue), 45: 3, 3-30. https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/995/1002.
2016:

“Introduction: Perils of US-China Confrontation – Implications for Europe”, European Foreign Affairs Review, 21: 3/1 (October), (with Reinhard Wolf and Markus Liegl), 1-10, http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/abstract.php?area=Journals&id=EERR2016030.

2012: “Book Review: When a Billion Chinese Jump”, IDAS Asia-Pacific Newsletter, 4:2 (April), 49.
2012: “Economic Integration in East Asia and the Role of the State”, IDAS Asia-Pacific Newsletter, 4:2 (April), 35-36.
2009: “In Case of Peaceful Unification...”, IDAS Asia-Pacific Newsletter, 1:3 (November/ December), 15-16.

 

Contributions Online

2017: “China in the G20: A Narrow Corridor for Sino–European Cooperation” (with Heike Holbig) in: GIGA Focus,  Asia, Number 02,  May 2017, ISSN 1862-359X; https://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/publication/china-in-the-G20
2016: “China Drives Water Cooperation with Mekong Countries”, China Dialogue (1 February), https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/8577-China-drives-water-cooperation-with-Mekong-countries.
2014: “China Cooperates with Central Asia over Shared Rivers”, China Dialogue (24 February), https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/6741-China-cooperates-with-Central-Asia-over-shared-rivers-.
2010: “U.S.-China Relations after Obama’s Asian Trip”, Research Paper, MacArthur Center for Security Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, (10 February); http://www.mcsstw.org/www/research2.php?article_id=323&keyword=mcss_papers
2009: “Zwischen Bilateralismuns und Multilateralismus: Die Zentralasienpolitik der Volksrepublik China” [Between Bilateralism and Multilateralism: The Central Asia Policy of the People’s Republic of China], Master Thesis, University Publications, University of Frankfurt; http://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/volltexte/2009/6803/.

II. TALKS

 

Talks at Academic Conferences, Seminars, Workshops (selection of the last years)

2018/04:

"Germany and China under Trump: The New 'Dream Team' in International Relations?", International Studies Association, 59th Annual Convention, 4-7 April, San Francisco, USA.

2018/04:

"China's New River Politics: The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation", International Studies Association, 59th Annual Convention, 4-7 April, San Francisco, USA.

2017/04:

“The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC): A New Era in China’s International Hydro-politics?”, World International Studies Committee (WISC), 5th Global International Studies Conference, 1-3 April, Taipeh, Taiwan.

2017/04: “Germany-China Relations: Reaching a Tipping Point?”, World International Studies Committee (WISC), 5th Global International Studies Conference, 1-3 April, Taipeh, Taiwan.
2016/08: “The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC): China’s Move towards Proactive Hydro-politics?”, Fudan University, Institute of International Studies, International Symposium “Trans-boundary Water Resources Cooperation in Asia: Progress and Prospects”, 12-13 August, Shanghai, China.
2016/03: “Multilateral Inter-state Cooperation on Non-traditional Security Threats in Asia: The Cases of Natural Disasters and Freshwater Resources”, International Studies Association (ISA), 57th Annual Convention, 16-19 March, Atlanta, USA.
2016/03: “Is Patience Running Out? The Current State of China’s North Korea Dilemma” (co-authored with Markus Liegl), International Studies Association (ISA), 57th Annual Convention, 16-19 March, Atlanta, USA.
2016/03:

Participant in Roundtable “North Korea’s Fourth Nuclear Test and Regional Responses”, International Studies Association (ISA), 57th Annual Convention, 16-19 March, Atlanta, USA.

2015/11: “Global Governance in the Era of Growing US-China Rivalry: What Options for EUrope?”, Workshop “The Strategic Triangle China-United States-Europe: Europe’s Role in the Asian Century”, Goethe University, 26-28 November, Frankfurt, Germany.
2015/09: “Global Governance in the Era of Growing US-China Rivalry: What Consequences for the EU?”, European International Studies Association (EISA), 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 23-26 September, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy.
2015/02:

“Cooperation on Non-traditional Security Threats in East Asia: The Problem with Freshwater Resources”, International Studies Association (ISA), 56th Annual Convention, 18-21 February, New Orleans, USA.

 

Non-academic Talks (Invited)

2017/04

“The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism: Potentials and Pitfalls”, Talks at the Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University, 12 April and at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, 13 April, Seoul, South Korea.

2016/06:

“Global Governance in an Era of US-China Rivalry: What Options for EUrope?”, Talk at the Rotary Club Beijing, 21 June, Beijing, China.

2015/03:

“Understanding China’s International Hydro-politics and Its Impacts”, talk at the event “Water Management and Supply: The Biggest Threat to China and Asia’s Security?”, Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation, 19 March, Brussels, Belgium.

2013/03: “The Myth of Leverage?: China and the North Korean Nuclear Problem” (in German), talk at the preparatory seminar for a study tour to North Korea, South Korea and China, organized by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Encounter Korea from 2-14 April, 11-12 March, Frankfurt, Germany.
2012/12:

“Conducting Field Research in Southeast Asia: An Experiential Report”, talk at the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at National Chengchi University, 7 December, Taipei, Taiwan.

2012/06:

“China’s Water Scarcities Between National and Regional Priorities” (in German), talk at the Confucius Institute Frankfurt, 28 June, Frankfurt, Germany.

 

III. MEDIA APPEARANCES

2017/09: “North-Korea Conflict: It's All about Security Interests” (in German), guest contribution for Zeit Online, 23 September, http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-09/nordkorea-konflikt-china-usa-suedkorea
2017/06: “US president Trump and his foreign affairs and security policy” (in German), interview in radio broadcast “Aus Kultur und Sozialwissenschaften”, DLF (Deutschlandfunk) http://ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dradio/2017/06/01/us_praesident_trump_und_seine_aussen_und_dlf_20170601_2010_7b40134c.mp3, 1 June
2016/04: “China’s New Role: Demand and Promote” (in German), expert interview for ZDF heute.de and 3SAT Makro, 7 April.
2014/11: “The APEC Summit in Beijing” (in German), expert interview in radio broadcast “Der Mittag”, Domradio Köln, November 12.
2013/06: “China’s Vassals” (in German), expert interview in live TV show “Makro,” 3Sat, 7 June.