Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Research Division: Asia



Since January 2012 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, 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

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

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

Scenarios of International Foreign and Security Policy. Foresight Contributions 2015

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, Junya Nishino

Japan's South Korea predicament

in: International Affairs 94 (4), 6 July 2018, p. 735–754
Kerstin Lukner, Alexandra Sakaki

Japan's uncertain security environment and changes in its legislative‒executive relations

In: West European Politics 40 (1), Routledge 2016, S. 139–160.
Kerstin Lukner, Alexandra Sakaki

Japan's political trust deficit

in: Japan Forum 29 (1), 2017, S. 1–18
Alexandra Sakaki

Keeping the Dragon at Bay: The South China Sea Dispute in Japan's Security Strategy

in: Enrico Fels/Truong-Minh Vu (eds.), Power Politics in Asia's Contested Waters, Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea, Springer 2016, pp. 425-440.
Alexandra Sakaki

Japan and Germany as Regional Actors: Evaluating Change and Continuity after the Cold War

Politics and East Asia Series, London: Routledge, 2012, 210 pages

SWP Comments

Chum Chandarin, Felix Heiduk
Cambodia: The Winner Takes It All

2018 Elections Set Country Firmly on Path towards Authoritarianism

Paul Joscha Kohlenberg, Nadine Godehardt
China’s Global Connectivity Politics

On Confidently Dealing with Chinese Initiatives

SWP Research Papers

Lars Brozus (ed.)
While We Were Planning

Unexpected Developments in International Politics. Foresight Contributions 2018

Felix Heiduk
An Arms Race in Southeast Asia?

Changing Arms Dynamics, Regional Security and the Role of European Arms Exports