Michael Reiterer

Dr. Michael Reiterer

Distinguished Professor for International Security and Diplomacy
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Michael Reiterer pursued his academic career always in parallel to his diplomatic one at the Austrian and then European service. After graduating as Dr. jur. from the University of Innsbruck post-graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University/Bologna Centre and the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva were further stepping stones to his habilitation (PhD) in International Politics at the University of Innsbruck (2005) focussing on EU-Asia relations. EU foreign policy, EU-Asia relations in particular with Japan and Korea, inter-regionalism, security issues, new forms of diplomacy, human rights are nowadays the main focus of his research, having previously published extensively on international trade law and relations including WTO, trade and environment and ASEM. He has taught at various universities in Europe and Asia. In September 2020 he retired from the European Diplomatic Service as the EU-Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; previous posts included Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Deputy Head of Mission/Minister to Japan, Minister Counsellor at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU, Counsellor at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the GATT, deputy trade commissioner for West Africa and to Japan.



Distinguished Professor in International Security and Diplomacy, Institute for European Studies, Vrje Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Adjunct professor for international politics, University of Innsbruck

Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Senior Advisor, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS), Washington D.C.