Institute for Asian Studies

Institute for Asian Studies (IAS, Belgrade, Serbia) is think-tank that pursues research, educational, publishing and consulting activities aimed to promote knowledge about Asia and supports cooperation between Central and South-Eastern Europe and Asian countries. Its geographical focus is PR China, Japan, India, Republic of Korea, PDR of Korea, Russian Federation, Central Asian and Caspian states, Turkey, ASEAN countries, Australia.


IAS conducts researches on each countries internal political, economic and social development, foreign policy, foreign economic relations, regional economic integrations, political, security, infrastructural, interpersonal and other cooperation, issues and structures that define the present of Asia and determines its future development. 


IAS publishes annual magazine “Asian Issues” and is focused on building a network with partner institutions from Asia and other parts of the world.


Research Team

Professor Dragana Mitrović, PhD
IAS Founder and Director

Dragana Mitrović, founder and director of IAS is full time professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences is a leading Serbian expert for economy, politics and security of modern China and the East Asia. She is the founder and head of the Centre for Asian and Far Eastern Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences She is founder and chief editor of the academic journal Asian Issues. Prof. Mitrovic has a full university career from an assistant position to the current one. She also served one term in Foreign Service at the Embassy of the FR Yugoslavia in Beijing, as Counsellor for Political Affairs (2001, 2002) and at the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro as Minister Counsellor for Economic and Political Affairs (2003, 2004). Professor Mitrovic teaches Political Economy, International Political Economy, Political Economy of the PR China and East Asia, Geopolitics and Geo-economics. She is the head of the Regional Asian Studies master course. Prof. Mitrovic is the author of five books and more than sixty papers. She took part in more than forty international scientific conferences as an invited speaker. From 2008 she is a member of the Board of Economic Science of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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MA (Lund), MA (UGM)

PhD (Yale University, USA)

Frank Dhont is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, National Cheng Kung University. He previously worked as Senior Lecturer in FASS-IAS, the University of Brunei Darussalam, has been Visiting Fellow at TU Dortmund University and at City University of Hong Kong. He works on Indonesia and the broader Malay world. As a historian of the 20th century his major research interests include the reactions of both indigenous rulers and ordinary people to Japanese colonialism in the Netherlands Indies and the Malay world during World War II. He is also interested in the history of both World Wars in Asia and the spread of ideologies such as nationalism and Islam, especially in the context of colonial empires in Asia. After he came to Brunei his research interests also extended to the Japanese Occupation of Brunei and Borneo in the 20th Century. As an Indonesianist and a historian of Southeast Asia, he is regularly involved in multidisciplinary research initiatives and is founder and chair of the International Indonesia Forum.



Giovanni Nicotera

BA in Law

IAS member

Mr. Nicotera served with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) from 1997 to 2012. At the UN headquarters in Vienna he held several positions, including servicing the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the Operations Branch. Later, from 2005 to 2012, he was the Head of the UNODC Office in the People’s Republic of China. Before joining the UN he worked in the Russian Federation and, previous to that, in Italy as a lawyer.


Mr. Nicotera graduated in Law at the University of Modena (Italy) and later qualified as an Attorney at Law. He has pursued postgraduate studies in international law, contemporary history, political economy, negotiations and diplomacy with a scholarship granted by the Ministry of Foreign Trade. He is interested in developments related to criminal justice reform in the P.R.China.



Srđan Perišić, PhD

IAS member

Srđan Perišić, PhD, graduated at the Military Academy in Belgrade. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in two scientific realms – Political Theory and Methodology of Political Sciences. The title of his dissertation was: “Liberalism as a Constraint to Modern Democracy.” Geopolitics, especially Geopolitics of Russia, stood out as another area of his interest. He also completed his PhD studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences. He did his PhD dissertation in the field of Political Theory. His doctoral dissertation was devoted to postmodern transformation of liberalism in the context of global phenomena, international relations and alternations of modern categories. His fields of interest are Political Theory, International Relations and Geopolitical Theory. His scientific engagement is primarily dedicated to research into the new era (postmodernism) and the meaning of liberalism, post politics, and post philosophy in the postmodern context; with the focus being on exploring post political practice in society, international relations and geopolitics. He teaches International Politics and Geopolitics, as well as Foreign Policy of Serbia. His works have been published in scientific and theoretical journals issued by the leading scientific institutes in Serbia.




Ivan Zarić, PhD

IAS member

Ivan Zarić, PhD, graduated at the Military Academy, Naval Department. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, International Relations Department, in the area of Geopolitics and Geostrategy. His PhD thesis was “Thalassocratic dimension of contemporary Chinese geopolitics”.


The focus of his scientific research is primarily on the geopolitical issues, especially the military power, sea power, strategy, as well as energy security. He has published several articles and texts related to geopolitical phenomena and processes, covering topics ranging from the classical theories to contemporary trends. He is also engaged as a visiting lecturer in the field of Geopolitics and International relations in several institutions in the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska.


Marko Tmušić, PhD

IAS member


Marko Tmusic, PhD, is an assistant professor at Department of Political Economy and Finance at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. He graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade in 2007. Master academic studies Political violence and the state ended in 2008 at the same faculty. He also attended the specialized academic studies - Regional Asian Studies. His PhD thesis was "The impact of institutional quality on economic development and the effects of privatization in Serbia." He is also a member of the editorial board of "Asian Issues" whose publisher is IAS. His areas of research are: institutional economics, institutions and economic growth, privatization, political and economic transition, public finances. He has authored several scientific papers in these areas of research.

Dragan Trailović

MA in Regional Asian Studies

IAS member

Dragan Trailović was born on June 4, 1983 in Zajecar, Serbia. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade in 2008. He holds Master degree in Regional Studies – Asia. Currently, he is enrolled in doctoral studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, final year. Dragan Trailovic works as a Research Associate at the Institute for Political Studies in Belgrade. He is one of the editorial boards' secretaries of the scientific journal “Serbian Political Thought” published by Institute for Political Studies and journal “Asian issues” published by Institute for Asian Studies, Belgrade. His fields of research are political, economic and social processes in Central Asia; Ethnic conflicts in China – Xinjiang, Tibet; Eurasian geopolitics. He is the author of several articles related to Asian issues, China and other topics.




IAS Associates 

Bojan Stanković

BA in Political Science


Saša Šašaroga

MA in Regional Asian Studies