Volker Stanzel is a senior advisor to The German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he mainly focuses on GMF’s Asia-related work. He 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). He also worked as foreign policy advisor for the Social Democratic Party of Germany, and in 2014 taught at Claremont McKenna College and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Stanzel is also a senior advisor to the European Council on Foreign Relations and is working on a research project on Japanese-China relations at the Free University of Berlin. He holds a PhD in Japanese Studies from Cologne University and has studied in Frankfurt, Kyoto, and Cologne. He publishes on a variety of political topics, mainly concerning Asian affairs.