Ing. Mgr. Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D.

He has been a member of the Sinophone Borderlands — Interactions at the Edges project at the Palacky University in Olomouc since 2018 and currently he works as a key researcher in politics and international relations. In addition to this, he works as an assistant professor at Mendel University in Brno and as a program director in the international think-tank Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS).

A convinced Central European, he focuses on political, economic, and societal issues in China, Asia, and elsewhere. He often travels, and visits conferences and workshops to verify his arguments. He is not fond of narrow-mindedness and discussion with people who are not willing to change their opinions.

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

  • Chinese foreign policy and domestic affairs — the study of different approaches of China towards foreign countries and interpretations of Chinese political actions, e.g. on the basis of internal policies, strategic culture, international situation, the personality of the leader, etc. Richard has been working on understanding Chinese perspectives because he believes that in that way we can both predict and create effective policies against China. The study of Chinese politics, economics, culture, and frequent interaction with not only Chinese researchers but also ordinary people are parts of this approach;

  • The international relations of East Asia – from economic and security point of view, the East Asian region has become the centre of the world’s affairs. At the same time, it provides a broad scale of political systems and cultures. These facts then create a highly complex situation which needs to be studied not only through the lens of general international relations theories, but also by a deep understanding of regional facts. Richard has visited (or lived in) almost all relevant actors, including China, Japan, Taiwan, the majority of the ASEAN countries, but also the “external players” — India, the USA, and Canada;

  • China-Central and Eastern Europe relations (including the Czech-China relations) — since the founding of the diplomatic platform 16+1 between China and CEE, Richard has been observing the interesting and dynamic development of political, economical, and societal relations among involved states. He has published many comments in different media platforms on this topic and is currently working on his second book in English, which is also related to it. The Czech Republic constitutes a very interesting and rather specific circumstance, and that’s why it receives his special attention.

Curriculum vitae

07/2018–present: Senior Researcher/Key Researcher: Sinophone Borderlands: Interactions at the Edges

09/2016–present: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno

12/2012–present: Program Director, Central European Institute of Asian Studies, Bratislava-Olomouc-Vienna

2017–2019: Director, Strategic Policy Institute – STRATPOL, Bratislava

2016–2018: External Associate, Institute of International Relations, Prague

2005–2012: studies at Masarky University, Brno (International Relations, Economy, Politology)

Long-term research stays: University of Toronto, Peking University, Fudan University, National Chengchi University (Taipei), European Institute for Asian Studies (Brusel), University of Malta.


  1. No, China Has Not Bought Central and Eastern Europe, Foreign Policy (with David Hutt)

  2. China and the Frustrated Region: Central and Eastern Europe’s Repeating Troubles with Great Powers, China Report

  3. Friends or foes? How diverging views of communist past undermine the China-CEE‘16+1 platform’. Asia Europe Journal (with Runya Qiaoan)

  4. It’s the politics, stupid: China’s relations with Muslim countries on the background of Xinjiang crackdown. Asian Ethnicity (with Barbara Kelemen)