Dr. habil. Christian Wagner

Dr. habil. Christian Wagner

Research Division: Asia
Senior Fellow



2001 - 2002 Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research at University of Bonn

1996 - 2001 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Political Science and Administrative Studies, University of Rostock

1994 - 1995 Research Fellow at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin

1991 - 1994 Administrative Officer at University of Mainz

1990 - 1991 Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg

Areas of Expertise:

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, Regional cooperation and alliances

India's foreign policy, democracy/democratization, minority conflicts

SWP Publications (selection):

Christian Wagner, Jana Lemke

India: An Ambivalent Partner for the West

Growing Commonalities, Growing Differences

SWP Comment 2021/C 30, April 2021, 4 Pages


Christian Wagner, Angela Stanzel

Redrawing the Maps in Kashmir

New Geopolitical Realities in the Conflict between China, India, and Pakistan

SWP Comment 2020/C 52, November 2020, 8 Pages


Christian Wagner

Political Upheaval in Sri Lanka

Internal and External Consequences of the Parliamentary Elections on 5 August 2020

SWP Comment 2020/C 42, September 2020, 4 Pages


Christian Wagner

The Indian-Chinese Confrontation in the Himalayas

A Stress Test for India’s Strategic Autonomy

SWP Comment 2020/C 39, July 2020, 4 Pages


Christian Wagner, Tobias Scholz

South Asia in the Corona Crisis

Economic and Political Consequences

SWP Comment 2020/C 19, April 2020, 4 Pages


External Publications (selection):

Christian Wagner

BIMSTEC: Regionalism, Connectivity and Geopolitics

in: Rakhahari Chatterji and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury (eds.), Reimagining BIMSTEC: Strengthening Regional Solidarity Across the Bay of Bengal, New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation, 2021, pp. 296-303
Christian Wagner

India as a Regional Security Provider in South Asia

In: South Asia Scan – NUS Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore, 02.07.2020
Christian Wagner

Europe’s New Role in the Indo-Pacific

in: ICS Analysis, No. 93, March 2020 (online), 7 Pages
Christian Wagner

Democracy Promotion

in: Johannes Plagemann, Sandra Destradi and Amrita Narlikar (eds.), India Rising, A Multilayered Analysis of Ideas, Interests, and Institutions, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 195-218
Christian Wagner

Facing Global China: India and the Belt and Road Initiative

in: Ugo Tramballi/Nicola Missaglia (eds.), ISPI Report: India’s Global Challenge, Milan: June 2019, 18 Pages

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Christian Wagner

Emerging Powers in Regional Architecture

Working Paper FG 7, 2012/Nr. 01, August 2012, 10 Pages
Christian Wagner

Welcome to Interdependence

Energy, Security, and Foreign Policy in India

Working Paper FG 7, 2006/Nr 02, September 2006, 9 Pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Christian Wagner

The India-China Competition in the Himalayas: Nepal and Bhutan

Commentary, in: Instituto per gli studi di politica internazionale (ISPI), 15.11.2020 (online)
Christian Wagner

Nepal: Ethnic federalism counterproductive for diverse society

Interview by Ritu Raj Subedi, in: The Rising Nepal, e-paper, 06.04.2014, p. 3

SWP Comments

Christian Wagner, Jana Lemke
India: An Ambivalent Partner for the West

Growing Commonalities, Growing Differences

Moritz Rudolf
Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law

New Substance in the Conflict of Systems with China

SWP Research Papers

Felix Heiduk, Gudrun Wacker
From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

Significance, Implementation and Challenges

Barbara Lippert, Volker Perthes (eds.)
Strategic Rivalry between United States and China

Causes, Trajectories, and Implications for Europe