Jonathan Holslag

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Jonathan Holslag teaches international politics at the Free University Brussels. His work focuses on political economy regional security in Asia. His latest books, China and India: Prospects for Peace (Columbia University Press, 2010), Trapped Giant (IISS and Routledge, 2011), De Kracht van het Paradijs (De Bezige Bij, 2014) and China's Coming War with Asia (Polity, 2015) were widely reviewed and translated into different languages.

Jonathan has written over 40 academic papers that were published in journals like International Spectator, the Journal of International Trade, the Washington Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, etc. He is a frequently solicited referee for various international research commissions and has lectured at universities like Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, the London School of Economics, the Central Party School, Tsinghua, Peking University, Fudan University, Delhi University, Singapore National University, and NATO’s most senior training programme, the Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course in Rome.

Jonathan contributed to various study projects organized by European and international institutions. He briefed various European member states, intelligence services, senior officials from China, India, the United States, as well as the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, NATO, the Chiefs of European Navies (CHENS), the EU Political and Security Committee and the UN Human Rights Council.

Besides academic and policy related work, Jonathan regularly comments on current affairs in news media. Shorter pieces of his hand appeared in news outlets like the Financial Times, the Guardian, South China Morning Post, European Voice, Shanghai Daily, the Globalist, Foreign Policy, the Harvard International Review and EU Observer. He was interviewed by all major television channels – such as CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, CCTV, Al Jazeera – and newspapers – like the New York Times, the Financial Times and Time.

Jonathan is a Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission (2014), was nominated into the World Economic Forum (2012), is a European delegate at CSCAP (2014), was invited as a visiting a fellow of the Nobel Committee (2014), and participated in young leader programmes, including those of South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. He founded of the Friday Group, a reflection group of young Belgian leaders, supported by the King Baudouin Foundation. In 2015, he was appointed Special Advisor to the first Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Frans Timmermans, and a member of the wise men group of the Belgian Minister of Defence.

Jonathan studied political science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and completed additional programs on geopolitics and international security. He was a post-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

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Jonathan Holslag teaches history of international relations, theory of international relations and current issues in international relations to undergraduate students, as well as Asia in International Politics to graduate students.

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A full list of publications can be found here.