Ambassador (ret.) Dr. phil. Volker Stanzel

Ambassador (ret.) Dr. phil. Volker Stanzel

Research Division: Asia
Senior Distinguished Fellow


Since 2018 Vicepresident of the German Council on Foreign Relations

Since 2017 Visiting Professor at the Hertie School of Governance

2016 Visiting Professor at the Dokkyo-University, Japan

2015 Visiting Professor at the FU Berlin

2014 Visiting Professor at Claremont McKenna College and at the University of California, Santa Cruz

2009–2013 Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan

2007–2009 Federal Foreign Office; Political Director

2004–2007 Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the People's Republic of China

Areas of Expertise:

China, Japan, United States

Euro-Atlantic security, transatlantic relations

SWP Publications (selection):

Volker Stanzel

Diplomacy: Going Round and Round in Circles?

in: Hanns Günther Hilpert, Oliver Meier (eds.)
Facets of the North Korea Conflict

Actors, Problems and Europe’s Interests

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 12, December 2018, 85 Pages, S. 51-56

Volker Stanzel (ed.)

New Realities in Foreign Affairs: Diplomacy in the 21st Century

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 11, November 2018, 69 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Volker Stanzel

Reinforce the International Liberal Institutional Order

in: Daniel Twining (eds.) Defending a Fraying Order: The Imperative of Closer U.S.-Europe-Japan Cooperation, GMF Asia Policy Paper, 2016/No. 16, pp. 31-35

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Volker Stanzel

Digitisation and Government Responsibility

Working Paper, Project “Diplomacy in the 21st Century”, No 03, January 2017, 7 Pages
Volker Stanzel

Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Working Paper, Project "Diplomacy in the 21st Century", No 01, October 2016, 10 Pages

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

Volker Stanzel, Shoichi Watanabe


In: Gentosha, Tokyo 2017

SWP Comments

P. R. Kumaraswamy
India’s New Israel Policy

How the Decline of the Palestinian Issue and Economic Reorientation Accelerate Indo-Israeli Cooperation

Christian Wagner, Siddharth Tripathi
New Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal

Opportunities and Perspectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)