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Mikael Weissmann

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Director of studies

War Studies

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Department of War Studies and Military History

Land Operations Division

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Dr Mikael Weissmann is Associate Professor in War Studies and the Academic Head / Deputy Head of the Land Operations Division at the Swedish Defence University’s Department of War Studies and Military History. He is also the Director of Studies for the PhD program in War Studies and the co-convenor of the Land Warfare Research Group (LWRG) and the Hybrid Threats Research Group (HTRG). He is also a member of CSCAP-EU.

Weissmann has previously held positions at, among others, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Copenhagen University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He has been a visiting fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Peking University, Renmin University, and China Foreign Affairs University in China.

Weissmann holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg (2009) and is a docent in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University (2016). He also holds an M.Soc.Sci. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University (2003) and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia (2000).

Weissmann is the lead editor for the books Hybrid Warfare: Security and Asymmetric Conflict in International Relations (I.B. Tauris, 2021) and Advanced Land Warfare: Tactics and Operations (Oxford University Press, 2023), and for two Special Issues in Asian Perspective (2019) and Asian Survey (2015). He is also co-editor of the forthcoming book Russian Hybrid Warfare and Influence: Small States in the intersection between the East and West (Bloomsbury Academic). His work has appeared in journals like International Affairs, the Journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Washington Quarterly, Defence Studies, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Asian Survey, Asian Perspective and the Journal of Baltic Security. Weissmann is also the author of the monograph The East Asian Peace: Conflict Prevention and Informal Peacebuilding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Besides the Swedish Defence University, Weissmann has been teaching at Stockholm-, Uppsala-, Gothenburg- and Södertörn University and at Renmin-, Peking- and China Foreign Affairs University in China.

Weissmann’s research on security, strategy and warfare focus on four research themes:
1) Land Operations and Tactics, 2) Hybrid Warfare and Foreign Interference, 3) Intelligence Analysis, and 4) China and East Asian Security and Strategy.

He is also interested in Teaching & Learning with a special interest in practical and scenario-based exercises and examination as well as Professional Military Education (PME).

His expertise includes:

- Land Warfare
- Urban Warfare
- Hybrid threats- and warfare
- Intelligence analysis
- Russian warfare and influence (particular interest in the Balkans)
- Strategic Communication and Influence
- Military operations and tactics
- Military tactical thinking
- China and East Asian security and strategy broadly defined.
- Practical and scenario-based exercises and examination (including staff-rides, wargames, case-studies and simulations/roleplaying games)
- Professional Military Education (PME)

His research on China and East Asia focuses on

China’s foreign policy and role in the world
- the South China Sea
- the North Korean nuclear conflict
- the Taiwan Issue
- Regional and Global Power Shift
- the Belt and Road initiative

Weissmann has also pursued research on track-two diplomacy, conflict management and peacebuilding as well as Sino-Russian and Europe’s relations with China and East Asia.

Latest publications

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