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May-Britt U. Stumbaum

EVF Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019, 2018-19 on parental leave))

May-Britt U. Stumbaum, PhD, directs the NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU" at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is also Team Leader for the EU funded "Asia Pacific Research and Advice Network (#APRAN)". Previous positions included Senior Research Fellow and Executive Director of the China and Global Security Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Fritz Thyssen Fellow at WCFIA, Harvard University, Head of the International Forum on Strategic Thinking/Senior Researcher, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Head of Asia Department, Berlin Partner and Seminar Leader for the Robert Bosch Foundation. May-Britt U. Stumbaum worked as a Visiting Fellow at renowned think tanks in Europe, China and New Zealand and as a "Scholar in Residence" at the Political Section/EU Delegation to China. She is a co-founder and former president of Women in International Security Deutschland (WIIS.de) and a reserve Major of the German Air force. She serves as President of the Tönissteiner Kreis e.V. and as a full member at the CSCAP EU of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). 

May-Britt U. Stumbaum graduated with an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin on "Decision-Making in EU Foreign and Security Policy towards the PR China". Aiming to bridge academia and policy, she has published widely on EU security affairs towards Asia and China, provided studies e.g. to the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the German Ministry of Defence, appears in print and TV such as CNN, Al-Jazeera and N24, testified in 2012 to the US Congress' US-China Economic and Security Committee on EU-China security issues (testimony) and addressed the 2013 Asia Pacific Roundtable and the 2014 Jakarta International Defence Dialogue. She also acts as an Associate Editor to European Geostrategy.

Main Fields of Interest

Security policy in Asia-Pacific and US/European security policies towards Asia (particularly India and China); transfer, diffusion and the role of perceptions in EU-Asia Pacific security relations; maritime security; non-traditional security challenges; export controls and peacekeeping; defence industrial issues and dual-use technology.


Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2009) "The EU and China. EU Decision-Making in Foreign and Security Policy toward the People’s Republic of China", Nomos: Baden-Baden

Journal Arcticles

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2015): The diffusion of norms in security-related fields: views from China, India and the EU. In: Asia Europe Journal, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, May 2015.

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2013)  '‘Apples and oranges’? Comparing Chinese and European Perspectives on the EU as a Security Actor' (2013) 18 European Foreign Affairs Review, Issue 3, pp. 355–371

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2010a), Europe must get inside the mind of the dragon, Europe’s World, Summer 2010

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2010b), Toward a Transatlantic Approach to Technology Transfers to China, Policy Brief, Asia Programme, German Marshall Fund of the United States, 9 July 2010

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2008) "The invisible ban. EU maintains weapons embargo on China." Jane's Intelligence Review: Chinawatch, December 2008, p. 52-3

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2008) "Vom Schmutzfink zum Streber. Peking kann nicht nur auf Kohle setzen - eine Chance für Deutschland", Internationale Politik, Oktober 2008, p. 48 - 51

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2007) "Limits and Opportunities of Europe - China Security Cooperation", The International Spectator, Vol. XLII, No. 3

Working Papers and Policy Papers

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2014) Transatlantic Cooperation on China: More Than an Ocean Between, Transatlantic Perspectives, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), 8 Dec 2014, http://www.aicgs.org/publication/transatlantic-cooperation-on-china-more-than-an-ocean-between/

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2014) How Europe Matters in Asian Security- Addressing non-traditional security threats under climate change conditions: towards a new research agenda on norm diffusion in EU-Asia security relations, NFG Working Paper Series, No. 9, June 2014, www.asianperceptions.eu/system/files/private/wp914-europe-asia-nontraditional-security-threats.pdf

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2013) Responding to Change in Asia-Pacific, NFG Policy Paper Series, No. 1, June 2013, https://asianperceptions.eu/system/files/private/NFG_Policy_Paper_01_2013_May-Britt_0.pdf

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2012) “How Asia views the EU. Security in an interpolar world”, NFG Working Paper Series, 1, NFG Research Group “Asian Perception of the EU”, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2012) “Security and EU-China Relations”,Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 19 April 2012: http://www.uscc.gov/hearings/2012hearings/written_testimonies/12_4_19/Stumbaum.pdf

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2012) "How to Make the Strategic Partnership Work: EU Cooperation with China in Security Affairs", Clingendael Asia Forum, 12 July 2012:

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. and Oliver Bräuner (2010c) "The Current State of EU-China High-Tech Cooperation with a special focus on the aerospace industry and the arms embargo debate.", in Tai Ming Cheung (ed) The Rise of the Chinese Defense Economy. Innovation Potential, industrial performance, and regional comparisons. Policy Brief No. 15, IGCC University of California San Diego, September 2010

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2009), "Risky Business? The EU, China and Dual-Use Technology", Occasional Paper No.80, EU Institute for Security Studies: Paris, October 2009

Stumbaum, May-Britt U., Sandschneider, Eberhard (2008) "Ein Erdbeben als Chance für die westliche Welt? Leitlinien für die deutsche Chinapolitik", DGAPStandpunkt, No. 6, May 2008 (ins Chinesische übersetzt und publiziert durch Xinhua; abgedruckt in chinesischen Zeitungen)

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. / Maulny, Jean Pierre et al. (2007) "Lessons learned from European defence equipment programmes", Auftragsstudie für die Europäische Verteidigungsagentur (EDA), veröffentlicht als Occasional Paper No. 69, October 2007, Paris: EU ISS

Edited Volumes

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2015): "Drivers and Barriers to Regional Integration in Traditional Security fields- Europe and Asia-­Pacific in Comparison and the Role of Great Powers", in:  Philomena Murray and Louis Brennan (eds.) "Drivers of Regionalism and Integration in
Europe and Asia. Comparative Perspectives", London: Routledge, 2015

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. and Sun, Xuefeng (2014) "China" in Mary Kaldor and Iavor Rangelov (ed) Handbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley-Blackwell Handbooks of Global Policy Series, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2014) "Asian Views on Venus: Perceptions of the EU in Security Policy Fields", in Natalia Chaban and Martin Holland (eds) Communicating Europe in Times of Crisis: External Perceptions of the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan.

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. and Xiong, Wei (2012) “Conceptual Differences of Strategic Partnership in EU-China Relations” in Zhongqi Pan (ed) Conceptual Gaps in EU-China Relations, London: Routledge

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2010a), "How to deal with China’s military rise? Differing Responses of the European Union and the United States and the Case of Dual-use Technology Transfer", in Munevver Cebeci, Issues in European Union and US Foreign Policy, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2010b), "Europe's Views on China's Role in International Security", Chu Shulong/Frans-Paul van der Putten (eds.) China and Europe in International Security, Routledge.

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2008) "The strategic partnership of EU and China; Rhetoric vs. Political Realities" in Shanghai Institute for European Studies, Orientation of the European Integration and China-EU Relations, Shanghai, 359 – 388 (in Mandarin)

Stumbaum, May-Britt U. (2007A) "Engaging China - Uniting Europe? The EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy towards China", in Costanza Musu and Nicola Casarini (eds.) 'The Road Towards Convergence: European Foreign Policy in an Evolving International System', London: Palgrave MacMillan

Stumbaum, May-Britt (2007b) "Sino-European Strategic Partnership: Retrospect, Vision and Suggestions from a European perspective", in Current situation and future prospects of Asia-Europe security co-operation : proceedings of the fifth Shanghai Workshop on Global Governance, January 23-24, 2007, FES China / Shanghai Institute for International Studies, June 2007

Stumbaum, May-Britt U., Christiansson, Magnus (2007) (eds.) "Security Challenges in Times of Change", DGAPBericht, No. 5, 22 October 2007

Stumbaum, May-Britt (2006) "Current status of cooperative and collective security mechanisms in Europe" in Fort, Bertrand (ed.) New Security Challenges for Asia and Europe, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish

Stumbaum, May-Britt (2004) "European Integration in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy - a Model for Asia?", in Fort, B (ed.) 'One Year of Cultures & Civilisations Dialogue 2003/2004', Singapore: ASEF, p. 264 - 281