Mag. Dr. Alfred Gerstl, MIR

Project position: External Researcher
Discipline: Political science and international relations
Research field(s): Southeast Asia, South China Sea dispute, Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese foreign policy, 17+1
Area(s) of study:East and SouthEast Asia

Alfred (@AlfredGerstl) is a specialist on International Relations in East Asia, in particular Southeast Asia. He has held a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) since 2019. As part of this fellowship he researches on the strategic and economic impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Southeast Asia and the South China Sea dispute. He focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. His research also includes the effects of the BRI on the European Union and Central Eastern Europe (17+1).

From July to December 2018 Alfred was employed as key and excellent researcher in the EU-funded project “Sinophone Borderlands — Interaction at the Edges” at Palacký University. During this period, he was also member of the management board of the project, responsible for three dialogue units: Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Civil Society in China.

In 2018/19, Alfred was an Associate Professor at Novosibirsk State University and Visiting Professor at Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg (both in Russia). In addition, he has previously lectured on international relations and East Asian politics at universities in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Alfred is also Adjunct Professor (“Privatdozent”) at the University of Vienna and President of the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS). CEIAS is a trans-national think tank, established by Sinophone Borderlands/Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University, the Institute of Asian Studies and Comenius University (both in Bratislava), and the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES, Vienna).

He can express himself on cross-societal topics and comment on:

  • Current events in the region of East and South-East Asia;
  • The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative and its impact on the world;
  • Security issues in Asia;
  • Socio-economic changes in Asian countries;
  • ASEAN and other groupings.


  1. (upcoming), together with Wallenböck, Ute (eds.): The Belt and Road Initiative: Strategic and Economic Impacts on Central Asia, Southeast Asian and Central Eastern Europe. Milton Park: Routledge.
  2. (2020): “Governance along the New Silk Roads in Southeast Asia and Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparison of ASEAN and 16(17)+1 .” Jebat 47(1), 121 – 129, link.
  3. (2019), together with Pankratz, Thomas: Einführung in die Theorien der Internationalen Beziehungen. Österreichische Landesverteidigungsakademie: Wien. 
  4. (2019), together with Fürst, Rudolf: “The South China Sea – `The Status Quo is not the Worst Situation´”. Interview with Bill Hayton. Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS), 29 October, link
  5. (2019), together with Turcsányi, Richard: “ASEAN’s and Singapore’s delicate Balancing Act towards China. Interview with Alan Chong.” CEIAS, 15 October, link
  6. (2018): “Südchinesisches Meer, `neue Seidenstraßen´ und Terrorismus. Aktuelle Konflikte in Südostasien im Kontext der internationalen Geopolitik”. In Husa, Karl/Korff, Rüdiger und Wohlschlägl, Helmut (Eds.): Südostasien – Gesellschaften, Räume und Entwicklung vom 19. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert. Wien: Promedia, pp. 33–54. 
  7. (2018): “Japan, Australia and China´s New Silk Roads: From Hesitant to Pragmatic Cooperation.” Conference Reader: Current Issues in Studying Eastern History, International Relations and Culture. Novosibirsk State University, Humanities Institute. Novosibirsk: Novosibirsk State University Press, pp. 72–79. 
  8. (2018): “China´s New Silk Roads. Categorizing and Grouping the World: Beijing´s 16+1+X European Formula.” Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, 10, 31–58, link
  9. (2018): “Theorien der Internationalen Beziehungen in China und Südostasien.” In Ulrich, Teresa und Pankratz, Thomas (Hrsg.): Neue Ansätze der Sicherheitsstudien. Entwicklungen in Lehre und Forschung. Schriftenreihe der Landesverteidigungsakademie, Band 5/2018. Wien, pp. 39–52. 
  10. (2018): “The EU´s Interests and Policy towards East Asian Maritime Security.” Maritime Issues, link
  11. (2017), together with Strašáková, Mária (eds.): Unresolved Border, Land, and Maritime Disputes in Southeast Asia. Bi- and Multilateral Conflict Resolution Approaches and ASEAN’s Centrality. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 
  12. (2017): “The South China Sea Dispute: A Shift to a more proactive Role in ASEAN´s declamatory Policy and concrete Policies since 2012?” In Gerstl, Alfred and Strašáková, Mária (eds.): Unresolved Border, Land, and Maritime Disputes in Southeast Asia. Bi- and Multilateral Conflict Resolution Approaches and ASEAN’s Centrality. Leiden and