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, 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


Christian Wagner

India’s Africa Policy

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 09, July 2019, 27 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

Eric J. Ballbach, Laura Morazzini
A Restrained Embrace

South Korea’s Response to Germany’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

Moritz Rudolf
China’s Health Diplomacy during Covid‑19

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Action

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