Dr. Sarah Kirchberger

Researcher, Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security

Holstenbrücke 8-10, 24103 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 979998-67
Telefax: +49 431 979998-59

Short CV and publications

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific
  • Development of China’s Armed Forces
  • Territorial conflict in East and Southeast Asia
  • Transnational arms production



Since 2017, Sarah Kirchberger is the head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security. She was previously a senior research associate with the Faculty of East Asian Studies, University of Bochum, and an assistant professor of Contemporary China Studies at the University of Hamburg, after serving for three years as a naval analyst with shipbuilding company Blohm + Voss. She completed her PhD degree in Sinology in 2003 and also holds an MA degree in Sinology, Political Science and Archaeology from the University of Hamburg.  


Select Publications (in English)


  • "Assessing China's Naval Power: Technological Change, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications". Berlin & Heidelberg: Springer 2015.


Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • „Military-Strategic Aspects of the South China Sea Issue" (with Patrick O'Keeffe), in: Seemann, Benedikt & Bersick, Sebastian (eds.): Traversing the Challenges: Political, Economic, and Environmental Dimensions of Maritime and Regional Security, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Philippines, Manila 2017, pp. 27-40, http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_50965-1522-2-30.pdf?171205154257.
  • "The end of a military-industrial triangle: arms-industrial co-operation between China, Russia and Ukraine after the Crimea crisis", in: SIRIUS 2017, Vol 1 No. 2, pp. 1-19. https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/sirius.2017.1.issue-2/sirius-2017-0053/sirius-2017-0053.xml
  • "China’s Maritime Interests in the Arctic Region: Military capabilities and possible intentions", in: Bruns, Sebastian / Neumann, Adrian J. (eds.) 2016: Maritime Security Challenges: Focus High North: Papers from the Kiel Conference 2016, Kiel: ISPK, pp. 34-45. https://www.kielseapowerseries.com/files/ispk/content/kc16/Proceedings_KC-16_Digitalversion.pdf
  • "Taiwan as Utopia? Mainland Chinese perceptions of Taiwan’s postwar transformation in the history monthly Yanhuang Chunqiu", in: Oriens Extremus 54 (2015), S.125-162, http://oriens-extremus.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OE-54-6.pdf
  • "Hu Yaobang", in: Brown, Kerry (ed.): Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Vol. IV, Great Barrington, Mass: Berkshire Publishing 2016, S. 191-198.
  • "Evaluating Maritime Power: The Example of China", in: Fels, Enrico / Kremer, Jan-Frederik / Kronenberg, Katharina (eds.): Power in the 21st century. International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World, Series: Global Power Shift, Berlin et al.: Springer 2012, S. 151-175.


Conference Papers and Policy Briefs

  • „The PLA Navy in the Baltic Sea: A View from Kiel“ (with Sebastian Bruns), CIMSEC, 16 August 2017, http://cimsec.org/pla-navy-baltic-sea-view-kiel/33526
  • "Who is encircling Whom? Security policy aspects of China's relationship with Japan", Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) Working Paper No. 8, 2017. PDF: https://www.baks.bund.de/sites/baks010/files/working_paper_2017_08.pdf
  • "Russia - China - Ukraine: A military-industrial triangle", paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention 2016 at Atlanta, USA, 16-19 March 2016. 28 S.
  • "Maritime Muscle in the South China Sea: What next after the Spratly islands sail-by?", Policyforum.net, 6 November 2015. http://www.policyforum.net/maritime-muscle-in-the-south-china-sea/ (1,032 Wörter).
  • "Sino-Pakistani Naval Shipbuilding Cooperation: India Concerned Over China-Pak Partnership" in: Indian Military Review 2015, Vol. 6, No. 9, Sept. 2015, S. 42-43.
  • "China's rising naval power and its impact on global power shift", paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention 2011 at Montreal, Canada, 16-19 March 2011, 31 S.



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