Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Research Division: Asia
Deputy Head of Research Division


January until April 2019 Guest Researcher at the National Defense Academy Japan and Keio University

2012-2017 Senior Fellow with the Robert Bosch Stiftung for the topic 'Japan in the international system'
2009-2011 Research fellow, Institute for East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen
2011 Ph.D, political science, University of Trier
2008-2009 Visiting lecturer, University of Trier and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
2007-2008 Visiting researcher, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo
2005 Master (M. Phil.), International Relations, University of Cambridge, England
2002-2004 Management consultant, McKinsey & Co., Munich
2002 Bachelor (B.A.), East Asian Studies, Princeton University, USA

Areas of Expertise:

Japan, The Koreas, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, Regional and interstate conflicts

Japan's role in the international system, especially as a security actor in North-East Asia

SWP Publications (selection):

Alexandra Sakaki

Japan-South Korea Relations – A Downward Spiral

More than “Just” Historical Issues

SWP Comment 2019/C 35, August 2019, 7 Pages


Alexandra Sakaki, Gudrun Wacker

China – Japan – South Korea

A Tense Ménage à Trois

SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 05, April 2017, 34 Pages
Alexandra Sakaki

Breakthrough in the Kuril Islands Dispute between Japan and Russia

in: Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages, S. 30-34

Christian Becker, Hanns Günther Hilpert, Hanns Maull, Alexandra Sakaki

Asia-Pacific: Earthquake Shatters Geopolitical Balance

in: Lars Brozus (ed.)
Unexpected, Unforeseen, Unplanned

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 01, January 2016, 56 Pages, S. 17-20

Alexandra Sakaki

Japan’s Security Policy: A Shift in Direction under Abe?

SWP Research Paper 2015/RP 02, March 2015, 35 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Alexandra Sakaki

Strategic Convergence: Towards a New Chapter in Germany–Japan Ties

A recently-constituted German–Japanese strategic dialogue signifies an important departure for both countries.

in: The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Commentary, 20.04.2021, (online)
Alexandra Sakaki

The Japan-South Korea Rift: “Inside” and “Outside” Pressures on Relations

in: Robert J. Pekkanen and Saadia M. Pekkanen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Politics, Oxford Handbooks Online, December 2020
Alexandra Sakaki, Sebastian Maslow

Japan’s New Arms Export Policies: Strategic Aspirations and Domestic Constraints

in: Australian Journal of International Affairs, 22.06.2020 (online)
Alexandra Sakaki, Hanns Maull, Ellis S. Krauss, Kerstin Lukner, Thomas U. Berger

Reluctant Warriors

Germany, Japan, and Their U.S. Alliance Dilemma

Brookings Institution Press, 26.11.2019, 314 Pages

SWP Comments

Lars Brozus
(Not) Lost in Foresight

Structuring Futures Complexity in a Politically Meaningful Way

Kirsten Westphal
Nord Stream 2 – Germany’s Dilemma

SWP Research Papers

Daniel Voelsen
Internet from Space

How New Satellite Connections Could Affect Global Internet Governance

Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert
Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics