Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Dr. phil. Alexandra Sakaki

Research Division: Asia


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, 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.

SWP Comments

P. R. Kumaraswamy
India’s New Israel Policy

How the Decline of the Palestinian Issue and Economic Reorientation Accelerate Indo-Israeli Cooperation

Christian Wagner, Siddharth Tripathi
New Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal

Opportunities and Perspectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)