Voters in Europe and the G7 still lack a clear idea of what Chinese action against Taiwan could mean for their own lives. Political leaders should start to remedy this.
Programme Coordinator, Asia programme
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Alexander Lipke is the Asia programme coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations, based in the Berlin office.
Prior to joining ECFR in 2022, Lipke worked as a research associate at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s regional Asia office in Singapore. Previously, he gained work experience with the Mercator European Dialogue project at the German Marshall Fund and in Bundestag member Michael Roth’s office in Berlin as well as the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Seoul, South Korea.
Lipke holds a BA in European studies jointly from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Seoul National University in South Korea. He also holds an MA in international politics and east Asia from the University of Warwick and an MSc in international political economy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His main research interest is east Asian international relations, with a focus on the Korean Peninsula, South Korean foreign policy, and Indo-Pacific affairs.
A recent thaw in ties between the EU’s two most important partners in East Asia is a potential game-changer for a region fraught with geopolitical danger – but complex domestic politics in both countries may yet derail a truly long-lasting rapprochement