GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Thierry KELLNER

Political & Social Sciences Faculty

Political Science Department - International Relations

(Professor - Potential PhD Supervisor)

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Academic Degrees & Titles

Professor at ULB Departement of Political Science

Research Unit : REPI 

  • Ph.D in International Studies, Graduate Institute of International Studies (Graduate Institute)/Geneva University
  • Diplôme d'Études supérieures (DES) in History and International Politics, (GIIS)
  • Licence spéciale en Droit international, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Licence en sciences politiques et relations internationales, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Study at the Language Center (Mandarin Studies Programme), National Chengchi University (NCCU) (Taipeh, Taiwan)
  • Study at the Chinese Language Center, Tunghai University, (Taichung, Taiwan)
  • Free auditor, Unit of Chinese Studies, Geneva University 

Research Area(s)

Chinese Foreign Policy (especially relations with the Central Asian Republics, Afghanistan, Turkey, and the Gulf States), the new intra-asiatic relations (post 11-september relations), Foreign Policy of Iran (especially the relations with the Asian Countries) and on the evolution of the Eurasian Geopolitics (Central Asian Republics, Caspian). 

Specific Research Interest(s)

  • The Foreign Policy of China
  • Chinese relations with the Central Asian Republics, Afghanistan, Turkey and the Persian Gulf (Iran, Saudi Arabia, GCC)
  • Central Asian and Caspian Geopolitics
  • Intra-Asian Relations (China-Persian Gulf, China-Iran, Iran-Japan, ...)
  • Xinjiang/Eastern Turkestan
  • Chinese energy policy and its geopolitical consequences
  • Iran geopolitics and Iranian Foreign Policy regarding Asia (especially India, China and Japan)
  • Geopolitics 

Teaching(s)

  • COMM-D-170 Connaissances de l'actualité
  • POLI-D-308 Exercices d'histoire des relations internationales
  • POLI-D-509  La Chine et le monde : la politique étrangère chinoise depuis 1949 

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

  • Chinese Foreign Policy (relations with CAR, Persian Gulf States, Western Asia, Turkey, Caucasus region...)
  • Consequences of the Arab Spring for China
  • Consequences of the Arab Spring for Iran
  • Iran relations with Asian countries (South, East and South-East Asia) 

Overview of Publications

Selected Books

  • L'Iran et la Turquie face au « printemps arabe ». Vers une nouvelle rivalité stratégique au Moyen-Orient ?, (with M.-R. Djalili) Bruxelles, Grip, collection Les livres du GRIP, n°304, 2012, 120p. (translated in Turkish)
  • La Chine et la « Grande Asie centrale » dans la période post-11 septembre dans La Chine sur la scène internationale. Vers une puissance responsable ?, Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, Peter Lang, collection Géopolitique et résolution des conflits / Geopolitics and Conflict Resolution, vol. 14, 2012, 241-270
  • Histoire de l'Iran contemporain (A History of Contemporary Iran), (with M.-R. Djalili), Paris, La découverte, collection Repères, n°559, 2010, 127p. (translated in Turkish)
  • L'Occident de la Chine. Pékin et la nouvelle Asie centrale (1991-2001) (The Occident of China. Beijing and the New Central Asia 1991-2001), Paris, PUF, 2008, x-622p.
  • Géopolitique de la nouvelle Asie centrale, De la fin de l'URSS à l'après-11 septembre, (with M.-R. Djalili), Paris, PUF, 4e édition, 2006, 585p. (translated in Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish)

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