Areas of Teaching and Research
- Japanese Foreign and Security Policy
- Alignments and major power relations in Asia and the Indo-Pacific
- Regional security cooperation in Asia
- Europe-Asia relations
- International relations, strategic and security studies
- Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Antwerp (UA)
- Professeur, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
- Japan Chair, International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), Tallinn, Estonia
- Adjunct Professor, Brussels School of Governance (BSoG), Free University of Brussels (VUB)
- Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland
- Visiting Professor, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), The University of Kent at Brussels (2013-2023)
- Visiting Professor, Lille Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Lille), France (2010-2012)
- Visiting Professor, Department of South and East Asia, Ghent University (2008-2009)
- Ph.D. Researcher, Faculty of Arts, K.U.Leuven (2001-2006): Ph.D. in Japanese Studies, specialisation in international relations and security, K.U.Leuven (2007)
- Conflict and security in East Asia
- Geostrategy and security in the Indo-Pacific
- Diplomatic and security issues in the Indo-Pacific
- Japanese Foreign Policy
- Contemporary Japanese Politics and Society
EXECUTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
- Clingendael - the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague, The Netherlands
- Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Geneva, Switzerland
- Royal High Institute for Defence (RHID), Brussels, Belgium
- Royal Military Academy (RMA), Brussels, Belgium
- Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP), CSCAP-EU
- European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
- European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Standing Group on Security Issues
- European International Studies Association (EISA)
- International Association for Asia-Pacific Studies (IAAPS)
- International Political Science Association (IPSA)
- International Studies Association (ISA)
- Political Studies Association (PSA)
- Bulgarian, Russian: native
- English: fluent
- Dutch and French: professional working languages
- Japanese: proficient
- Polish, German: reading knowledge
MAJOR PUBLICATIONS (selection)
NEW EDITED BOOK (COMING SOON)
Alliances in Asia and Europe: The Evolving Indo-Pacific Strategic Context and Inter-Regional Alignments
Edited By Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, Yoichiro Sato and Tom Sauer (Routledge, 2024)
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Frans-Paul van der Putten, eds., (2014). “Changing security dynamics in East Asia: A post-US regional order in the making?”, Palgrave Macmillan, Series: Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific.
About the book: LINK https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137364173
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2022). "Reshaping the San Francisco System Through Alignment Cooperation: Japan’s Security Partnerships in the Asia-Indo-Pacific." In, Rethinking the San Francisco System in Indo-Pacific Security: Enduring Legacies, Structural Contradictions and Geopolitical Rivalry, Eds. Yoneyuki Sugita and Victor Teo. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 241-262.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Singh, Bhubhindar (2021). "Security relations between the EU and Japan." In, The European Union's Security Relations with Asian Partners, Eds., Thomas Christiansen, Emil Kirchner and See Seng Tan. Palgrave Macmillan, The European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) Series, pp. 369-389.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2021). "Japan, China and the territorial disputes in the China Seas: the uncertain dynamics of Asian-Pacific geopolitics." In, Maritime and Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea: Faces of Power and Law in the Age of China’s Rise, Eds., Yih-Jye Hwang and Edmund Frettingham. Routledge, Rethinking Asia and International Relations Book Series, pp. 116-136.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Hellendorff, Bruno (2021). "The EU’s strategic partnerships with Japan and South Korea: A comparative analysis of the drivers, outcomes and limitations.", In, The EU’s Strategic Partnerships: Global Diplomacy in a Contested World, Eds., Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira and Michael Smith. Palgrave Macmillan, The European Union in International Affairs (EUIS) Series, pp. 289-310.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2019). "Shifting constraints, evolving opportunities and the search for the 'strategic' in the EU-Japan bilateral partnership". In, The European Union in the Asia Pacific: Rethinking Europe’s Strategies and Policies, Eds., Weiqing Song & Jianwei Wang. Manchester University Press, pp. 164-183.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2019). "Competition and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Why major powers hedge and what does this mean for regional order." In, The State between Interdependence and Power in Contemporary World: a Reassessment, Ed., Pierre Vercauteren. P.IE. Peter Lang, pp. 101-119.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2017). “Evolving Japanese security strategy.” In, Developing EU-Japan Relations in a Changing Regional Context, Eds., Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Takao Suami, Takako Ueta, Nicholas Peeters and Frederik Ponjaert. Routledge, pp. 71-85.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2017). "Northeast Asia's evolving security order: Power politics, trust building and the role of the EU." In: Promoting Security Cooperation and Trust Building in Northeast Asia: The Role of the European Union, Ed., Nicola Casarini, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, Rome, pp. 39-50.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2015). “How important is Northeast Asia for China and the EU? Economic convergence, geopolitical divergence.” In, China, the EU and the Developing World, eds., Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay. Edward Elgar, pp. 63-88.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Frans-Paul van der Putten (2014). “Introduction: Why strategic uncertainty?”, In: Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia: A Post-US Regional Order in the Making?, eds., Elena Atanassova-Cornelis and Frans- Paul van der Putten. Palgrave Macmillan, Series: Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific, pp. 1-5.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2012). "The US-Japan alliance and the rise of China: implications for the East Asian security order and the EU's regional role". In, China, the European Union and Global Governance , eds., Jan Wouters, Tanguy de Wilde, Pierre Defraigne and Jean-Christophe Defraigne. Edward Elgar, pp. 267-282.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2012). "La dimension politique et sécuritaire des relations Japon - Chine. Méfiance stratégique et stabilité fragile". In, La Chine sur la Scène Internationale. Vers une Puissance Responsable? , eds., Tanguy de Wilde d'Estmael and Tanguy Struye de Swielande. Peter Lang, pp. 191-216.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2010). “Stability and instability in East Asia’s major power relations: Japan’s security ‘normalization’, China and the US.” In, Problems and Issues in International Relations, ed., Tina Mavrikos-Adamou. Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), pp. 83-94.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2009). “Redefining national interest: Japanese security policy and the challenge of global governance.” In, Explorations in Contemporary Global Governance: Multipolarity and New Views, eds., Dries Lesage and Pierre Vercauteren. Peter Lang, pp. 81-102.
Van der Putten, Frans-Paul and Elena Atanassova-Cornelis (2014). “Conclusion. A post-US regional order in the making: East Asia's security futures.” In: Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia: A Post-US Regional Order in the Making?, eds., Elena Atanassova-Cornelis and Frans-Paul van der Putten. Palgrave Macmillan, Series: Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific, pp. 211-215.
Alliances and Alignments in Europe and the Asia-Pacific
Special Journal Section in Asian Affairs (July 2022). Co-editor with Tom Sauer and Yoichiro Sato.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Sato, Yoichiro (2022). "Asia and Europe in Japan's Alignment Policies: Drivers, Strategic Expectations and Future Outlook". Asian Affairs, July 08. LINK: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03068374.2022.2093049
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2020). "Alignment Cooperation and Regional Security Architecture in the Indo-Pacific."The International Spectator, 55(1): 18-33. LINK: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03932729.2020.1712132
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Sato, Yoichiro (2019). "The US-Japan Alliance Dilemma in the Asia-Pacific: Changing Rationales and Scope."The International Spectator, 54(4): 78-93. LINK: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03932729.2019.1665272
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2018). "Reconceptualising the Asia-Pacific order: Japan’s response to strategic uncertainties in the era of Trump." Interdisciplinary Political Studies, 4(1), pp. 153-183.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2015). "Constraining or encouraging? US and EU responses to China’s rise in East Asia." Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 9(4), pp.6-27.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2013). “Shifting domestic politics and security policy in Japan and Taiwan: The search for a balancing strategy between China and the US.” Asia-Pacific Review, 20 (1), pp. 55-78.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2012). “Chinese nation building and foreign policy: Japan and the US as the significant 'Others' in national identity construction.” Special Issue on Nation Building in China and Vietnam, East Asia: An International Quarterly, 29 (1), pp. 95-108.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2011). “Reshaping the East Asian security order: US-China hedging and the EU’s strategic choices.” Ritsumeikan International Affairs Journal, vol. 10, pp. 219-242.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2011). “The political and security dimension of Japan-China relations: Strategic mistrust and fragile stability.” Pacific Focus: Inha Journal of International Studies, 26 (2), pp. 165-187.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2011). “Modernity and the domestic context of Japanese foreign and security policy: Koizumi, Abe and Fukuda.” Japon Pluriel 8, pp. 449-456. Société Française des Études Japonaises (SFEJ).
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2010). “The EU-Japan strategic partnership in the 21st century: Motivations, constraints and practice.” Special Issue on EU-Asia Relations, Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), 6 (4), pp. 478-495.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena & Mendes, Carmen Amado (2010). “Dynamics of Japanese and Chinese security policies in East Asia, and implications for regional stability.” Asian Politics & Policy, 2 (3), pp. 395-414.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2010). “Foreign policy instruments and factors for policy change: Japan’s security ‘normalisation’ reconsidered.”Asian Journal of Social Science, 38 (2), pp. 279-306.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2008). “From ‘responding’ to ‘pro-acting’: Japanese national security policy and the role of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF).”Studia Diplomatica: The Brussels Journal of International Relations, LXI (2), pp. 153-172.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2008). “The redefinition of Japan’s national security policy: Security threats, domestic interests and a realist-liberal approach.”Asia Pacific: Perspectives, 8 (1), pp. 17-29.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2007). “From Koizumi to Abe: Strengthening Japan’s post-Cold War security activism.” Political Thought, 18 (June), pp. 61-67. Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2007). “Security threats, domestic interests and anti-militarism in Japanese national security policy after 1989.”Cahiers: International Relations and Peace Research, Jg. 25, Vol. 81, 36 pages. Centre for Peace Research and Strategic Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2006). “Defining and implementing human security: The case of Japan.” In, Human Security on Foreign Policy Agendas. Changes, Concepts and Cases, eds. Tobias Debiel and Sascha Werthes. Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), Report 80, pp. 39-51. Duisburg-Essen.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2005). “Japan and the ‘human security’ debate: History, norms and pro-active foreign policy.”Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 3 (2), pp. 58-74.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2005). “Pursuing a major power role: Realism with the US and idealism with Europe in Japan’s post-Cold War foreign policy.”Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies (EJCJS), October. Available from: http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2005/Atanassova.html.
BRIEFING PAPERS AND REPORTS
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena and Pejsova, Eva (2021). Minilateralism: an opportunity for the EU’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific. Center for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS), Free University of Brussels, Policy Brief 22/2021.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2021). The EU's Indo-Pacific strategy: A roadmap for making a difference. Economic Policy Institute (Sofia, Bulgaria) & Korea Foundation Discussion Paper Series 2_2021.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2020). Why the “Indo-Pacific” Concept is Not in Competition with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
In: East Asia Security in Flux. What Regional Order Ahead? Eds., Céline PAJON and Masashi NISHIHARA. French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) Centre for Asian Studies, Paris, and the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2017), "Asia-Pacific: The regional order," In: Chinese Furtures: Horizon 2025, Ed. by Eva Pejsova, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Report No.35, pp.63-69.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2017), Northeast Asia's evolving security order: Power politics, trust building and the role of the EU, Working Paper 17/04, The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena, Pardo Pacheco, Ramon and Pejsova, Eva (2015). “Pride and prejudice: maritime disputes in Northeast Asia”, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) Report. Paris.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2014). "Japan’s new approach to national security", Policy Brief, January, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris.
Atanassova-Cornelis, Elena (2013). "The sources of security tensions and the opportunities for cooperation in Northeast Asia." EU-Koreaa@50: Bilateral cooperation and security challenges in Northeast Asia, Brussels, July 2013, pp. 93-99.
Grevi, Giovanni and Elena Atanassova-Cornelis (2011). “Japan”, In: Mapping EU Strategic Partnerships, ed., Giovanni Grevi with Gauri Khandekar. Fride, pp. 26-29
Unpacking the Security Cooperation Puzzle in EU-Japan Relations
EU-Japan security cooperation: Trends and Prospects, Emil Kirchner and Han Dorussen (eds.) - London ; New York : Routledge, 2019. - xxiii, 222 p. : ill. - (Routledge studies in European security and strategy). -
The International Spectator (2020), pp. 137-139.
The Diplomatic History of Postwar Japan, Makoto Iokibe (ed.). Routledge, 2011. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 7 (2012), pp. 243-244.
Strategic Stability in Asia, Amit Gupta (ed.). Hampshire, Ashgate, 2008.East Asian Integration website of the Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations and Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea, January 2009. Available from: http://asianintegration.org/index.php?option=com_joomlib&task=view&id=14&Itemid=75.
CONFERENCES and TALKS (selection)
European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference, Politics and IR Section Convenor
Ghent University (August)
International Workshop "Alliances and Alignments in Times of Strategic Uncertainty" (co-organiser)
The University of Antwerp in collaboration with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Beppu, Japan)
Antwerp, Belgium (December)
International Conference Beyond Europe: Globalization in the Age of Strategic Competition (invited presentation)
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
International Workshop "Alliances and Alignments in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, and the Evolving Regional Security Architecture" (co-organiser)
The University of Antwerp, in collaboration with Egmont – The Royal Institute for International Relations (Brussels), and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Beppu, Japan)
Reshaping the San Francisco System through Alignment Cooperation: Japan’s Security Partnerships in the Asia-Indo-Pacific (paper presentation)
16th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
Ghent University, Belgium
Strategic Convergence in the Indo-Pacific: How Japan’s Intra- and Inter-Regional Alignments Reshape Asia’s Security Architecture (paper presentation)
26th International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress of Political Science
Japan’s Strategic Alignment with India and France, and the Emerging Indo-Pacific Security Order (paper presentation)
International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference
“Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics”
The competitive concepts: The Free and Open Indo-Pacific vs. the Belt and Road Initiative (invited paper presentation)
Ifri (French Institute for International Relations) Center for Asian Studies Symposium "East Asia Security in flux: What regional order ahead?"
Paris, France (February)
EU-Japan Security Relations (invited paper presentation)
Authors' Workshop "EU Security Relations with Asian Powers"
Jean Monnet Network on EU-Asia Security and Trade Relations (EAST)
Luiss University, Rome, Italy (December)
The “minilateralisation” of the US-Japan alliance in the Asia-Pacific: How Japan addresses its alliance dilemma through a new form of alignment (paper presentation)
European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), "The Next 100 Years of International Relations"
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (June)
Geopolitical Trends in the Asia-Pacific (invited presentation)
International Symposium "The Future of Australia-EU Relations: Synergies and Shared Concerns"
Brussels, Belgium (June)
Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Experts Study Tour and Academic Exchange (invited participation)
Seoul, South Korea (March)
Japan’s strategic uncertainties: Sources, responses and Japan’s partnership with the EU (invited presentation)
International Conference "The European Union and Japan in a Fluid Global Liberal Order"
Université Libre de Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels)
Brussels, Belgium (March)
EU-Japan Security Relations (invited paper presentation)
Conference of the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Asia Trade and Security
German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany (January)
The constraints & opportunities of the uncertain strategic order, and the EU-Japan security partnership (invited presentation)
21st Annual Japan-EU Conference: "The EU-Japan Partnership: Charting a strategic vision in uncertain times"
Egmont Palace, Brussels (October 2018)
The US-Japan Alliance as an Institution for Security: the Changing Rationales, Scope, and Dynamics (co-authored paper presentation)
European International Studies Association (EISA) 12th Pan-European Conference
Prague, The Czech Republic (September 2018)
Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert Network Workshop (invited participation)
Chatham House, London, the UK (May 2018)
Nuclear North Korea as Challenge to the US’s European and Asian Alliances (invited as a discussant)
European Union in International Affairs Conference
Brussels, Belgium (May 2018)
East Asian Political & Economic Security (invited participation)
European Institute for Asian Studies
Brussels, Belgium (January 2018)
Reconceptualising the strategic order: Japan's responses to strategic uncertainties in the Asia-Pacific (paper presentation)
ISA Asia-Pacific Conference, University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, PRC (June 2017)
Brussels-Seoul Security Forum (invited participation)
International Roundtable jointly organised by the Free University of Brussels and Hankuk University
Brussels, Belgium (May 2017)
Japan, China and regional strategic uncertainties in the Asia-Pacific: Security perceptions and responses in the East China Sea (invited presentation)
International Workshop "Maritime terriorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific region: A critical appraisal"
University of Ghent, Belgium (April 2017)
Trust-building in North East Asia and the role of the EU (invited participation)
International conference organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) with the kind support of the Korea Foundation (KF)
Rome, Italy (October 2016)
Strategic concerns of the US and China, regional hedging and the evolving security order in the Asia-Pacific (paper presentation)
ISA Asia-Pacific Conference, City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, PRC (June 2016)
Shifting Constraints, Evolving Opportunities and the Search for the “Strategic” in the EU-Japan Partnership (invited paper presentation)
International Workshop “The European Union in the Asia Pacific: Interests, Roles, and Policies”
University of Macau
Macau, People’s Republic of China (June 2016)
High-Level Conference: Japan-US-EU Trilateral Forum (invited participation)
Organised by The German Marshall Fund of the United States of America
Brussels, Belgium (March 2016)
Expert Seminar: Japan-Euro Strategic Partnership and the Future of Asia and Beyond (invited participation) Organised by The Japan Forum on International Relations and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Tokyo, Japan (November 2015)
Strategic Uncertainty in the Asia-Pacific: Drivers and Evolving Security Responses (paper presentation)
British International Studies Association (BISA) Conference "The Worlds of Inequality" London, the UK (June 2015)
Expert Seminar: The Future of EU-Republic of Korea Security Cooperation (invited participation) Brussels, Belgium (June 2015)
How does Asia view America and Europe? (invited lecture)
Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland (May 2015)
Maritime Security in East Asia (invited participation)
International Expert Seminar
Jakarta, Indonesia (March 2015)
Northeast Asia’s maritime disputes: sources of tension and prospects for cooperation
(workshop in the framework of CSCAP EU) Co-organiser
Brussels, Belgium (November 2014)
EU-Indonesia: 21st century partners?
Expert roundtable (invited participation) Brussels, Belgium (April 2014)
The complexity of the territorial disputes in the East China Sea (invited presentation)
Conference “Peace and security in the Asia-Pacific”
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (March 2014)
Regional perceptions about the future US security role in the Asia-Pacific (invited presentation)
Roundtable Meeting, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Hague, The Netherlands (November 2013)
The sources of security tensions and the opportunities for cooperation in Northeast Asia (invited presentation)
Expert seminar “EU-Korea @ 50: Security challenges in Northeast Asia and bilateral cooperation”
Brussels, Belgium (July 2013)
The rise of China and security in East Asia: implications for the EU and US strategies in the region (paper presentation)
International Conference “The EU and the Emerging Powers”
Brussels, Belgium (April 2013)
8th EU-China Think Tank Roundtable (invited participation)
Brussels, Belgium (October 2012)
Is the “hub” losing its “spokes”? Japan’s and Taiwan’s changing relations with China and the US (paper presentation)
International BISA-ISA Conference, Edinburgh, UK (June 2012)
EU-Japan Expert Roundtable on East Asian Security (invited presentation)
Brussels, Belgium (February 2012)
US and Chinese security policies in East Asia: objectives and practice (invited lecture)
Institut Européen des Relations Internationales (IERI), Academia Diplomatica Europaea
Brussels, Belgium (January 2012)
Re-engaging Europe with Asia (invited participation)
International Conference, Clingendael Institute of International Relations
The Hague, The Netherlands (December 2011)
Security challenges in Northeast Asia (invited presentation)
Briefing Seminar “Europe’s Position towards Dynamics of Security in Asia - Arms Race versus Arms Embargo?”
European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels, Belgium (May 2011)
Geopolitical and security dynamics in Northeast Asia: Japan and the two Koreas (invited lecture)
Royal Military Academy (RMA), Brussels, Belgium (March 2011)
ASEM Conference on Europe-Asia Inter-regional Relations (invited participation)
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (July 2010)
The US-Japan alliance and the rise of China: Implications for the East Asian security order and the EU’s regional role (invited paper presentation)
International Conference “China, the EU and the Restructuring of Global Governance”
Brussels, Belgium (May 2010)
Joint Symposium on the Future of EU-Japan Relations (invited participation)
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (February 2010)