Sebastian Biba

DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. Sebastian Biba is a DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) currently on leave from his position as a lecturer and research fellow at the Institute of Political Science of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. His research interests lie in the areas of China’s foreign relations, Asia-Pacific security, and U.S.-China-Europe triangular relations. At SAIS, he focuses on analyzing processes of great power responsibilization in connection with non-proliferation and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. 

Dr. Biba has earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, and his M.A. in Chinese Studies, Political Science and Law from the same institution. He also holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria. In the past, he was a visiting fellow at the School of International Studies of Peking University in Beijing, China, and at the Institute of Asian Studies of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany.

Prior to and during his Ph.D., Dr. Biba lived and studied in Greater China (mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) for more than three years. He has also conducted numerous research trips to China, the Mekong countries and Singapore. In addition, he has been interviewed on topics related to China’s foreign policy and East Asian international relations in German television and radio broadcast. His major publications have appeared in various high-ranking peer-reviewed journals from the fields of international relations, area studies, development studies, and water resources management.