Christian Wagner is Head of the Asia Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin which he joined in 2003. He studied Political Science, History and Sociology at the University of Freiburg where he got his doctoral degree in 1989. After various positions at the universities of Freiburg and Mainz, he was Assistant Professor for Political Science at Rostock University from 1996 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002 he was senior research fellow at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn. His main areas of interest include international relations and comparative politics in South Asia.