PROFILE OF OUR SCIENTIST

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. He has also worked as a key researcher in politics and international relations since July 2019. Besides, 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 Middle-European, focuses on understanding political 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 attitude.

He can express himself on all-society topics and comment:

  • Chinese foreign policy and home affairs – study of different approaches of China towards foreign countries and the interpretation 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 the Chinese perspective because he believes that in that way, we can both predict and create effective politics against China. The study of
    Chinese politics, economics, culture and frequent interaction with not only Chinese researchers but also with ordinary people are parts of this approach.
  • The international relations of East Asia – from economics’ and security’s point of view, East Asia 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 high complex situation which need to be studied not only by general international relations’ theories, but also by deep understanding of regional facts. Richard visited (or lived in) almost all relevant actors, including China, Japan, Taiwan, majority of ASEAN countries, but also the “external
    players” – India, USA and Canada.
  • China-CEE relations (The Czech Republic included) – 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 for  different medias 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 instance and that’s why it deserves 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.

Publications:

  1. Turcsanyi, Richard and Runya Qiaoan (2019): “Friends or Foes? How Diverging Views of Communist Past Undermine the China-CEE ‘16+1 Platform’, Asia Europe Journal.
  2. Turcsanyi, Richard Q. (2018): Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea. Power Sources, Domestic Politics, and Reactive Foreign Policy. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  3. Turcsanyi, Richard Q. (2017), “Assessing the Power of China: Insights from the Conceptual Thinking about Power,” Journal of Chinese Political Science Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp: 473–486.
  4. Turcsanyi, Richard Q. (2017): “Central European Attitudes towards Chinese Energy Investments: The Cases of Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.” Energy Policy, Vol. 101, February, pp. 711–722.
  5. Turcsányi, Richard (2014): “Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy Thinking in People’s Republic of China.” Czech Journal of Political Science 1/2014: 60-75.