Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Research Division: Asia
Senior Associate


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, 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
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 political trust deficit

in: Japan Forum 29 (1), 2017, S. 1–18

SWP Comments

Moritz Rudolf
The Hong Kong National Security Law

A Harbinger of China’s Emerging International Legal Discourse Power

Christian Wagner, Angela Stanzel
Redrawing the Maps in Kashmir

New Geopolitical Realities in the Conflict between China, India, and Pakistan

SWP Research Papers

Felix Heiduk, Gudrun Wacker
From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

Significance, Implementation and Challenges

Barbara Lippert, Volker Perthes (eds.)
Strategic Rivalry between United States and China

Causes, Trajectories, and Implications for Europe