Ambassador Volker Stanzel Joins GMF as a Senior Advisor
May 5, 2015
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to announce that Ambassador Volker Stanzel has joined GMF as a senior advisor. Based in Berlin, he will offer strategic advice and support for GMF’s work on transatlantic approaches to Asia.
Stanzel served in the German foreign service from 1979-2013, including tours as the German ambassador to Japan (2009-2013), political director of the German Foreign Service (2007-2009), and German ambassador to China (2004-2007). "Ambassador Stanzel is one of Europe’s foremost policy practitioners on Asia. He brings to GMF unparalleled expertise on Germany's relations rising and established Asian powers and we are excited to work with him," said Dr. Daniel Twining, GMF senior fellow for Asia. Stanzel was a visiting fellow with GMF in Washington, DC in 1998-99.
He is also a senior advisor to the European Council on Foreign Relations and is pursuing a research project on Japanese-Chinese relations at the Free University of Berlin. He writes on a variety of political topics, mainly concerning Asian affairs. He is fluent in Japanese and Chinese, and holds a Ph.D. in Japanese studies from Cologne University.
GMF’s Asia program addresses the economic, foreign policy, and security implications of Asia's rise for the United States and Europe through research, conferences, fellowships, study tours, and collaborations with other GMF programs. The program’s flagship initiatives include the Stockholm China Forum, India Trilateral Forum, the Young Strategists Forum, Trilateral Forum Tokyo, and the Japan Trilateral Forum-Brussels.