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New visiting researcher from Taiwan at the CGP

Taiwanese postdoctoral researcher Dr. Tony Lee has begun a one year placement at the CGP to study Chinese soft power.

News from Feb 04, 2016

Since the start of this year the Center for Global Politics (CGP) has played host to a new postdoctoral researcher at our office at Berlin Freie Universität. Hailing from Taiwan, Dr. Tony Lee has a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France. As well, he has considerable research experience from the University of Taipei, and was formerly employed as the adjunct director of the Office of International Affairs at National Ilan University.

At the CGP Dr. Lee will be working on a new project looking at Chinese soft power entitled: ‘The Tiger in Sheep’s Clothing—Is China’s Soft Power a Threat to the World? A comparative study across the Chinese Confucius Institute, the French Alliance Française, and the German Goethe Institute’. This project seeks to investigate the way China uses its Confucius Institutes to spread soft power on a global scale. It will compare the Confucius Institute to the French Alliance Française and the German Goethe Institute, in order to discover the differences in how China uses soft power.

Dr. Lee intends to make use of the extensive resources of the Berlin Freie Universität libraries, as well as the on-campus Confucius Institute in order to further his research. “Not only do its libraries offer more than a million books and electronic database in the field of political science, but it also hosts the biggest Confucius Institute in Germany. More importantly, CGP/FU offers a forum allowing me to exchange with many distinguished scholars on campus,” he said. According to Dr. Lee the research itself will be scheduled for presentation at several important international conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) held in July in Warsaw and the General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) held in September in Prague.