Dr. Eric J. Ballbach

Dr. Eric J. Ballbach


Research Division: Asia
Visiting Fellow

eric.ballbach(at)swp-berlin.org

Since 10/2017 Visiting Researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)

Since 04/2015 Post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 10/2015 Director Research Unit II: North Korea and International Security, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

04/2009-03/2015 Research Fellow and Lecturer, Insitute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Areas of Expertise:

Foreign and security policies of North and South Korea, inter-Korean relations, multilateralism in East Asia, identity politics in Korea, critical theories of International Relations


External Publications (selection):

Eric J. Ballbach

North Korea’s Engagement in International Institutions

The Case of the ASEAN Regional Forum

in: International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2017, pp. 35−65
Eric J. Ballbach

Authoritarian Continuity or Democratic Change? Assessing the Democratic Quality of South Korea’s North Korea Policymaking

in: Lee, Eun-Jeung, Mosler, Hannes B. and Kim Hak-jae (eds.): The Quality of Democracy in Korea: Three Decades after Democratization, Palgrave McMillan, London & New York, 16.11.2017, pp. 277-304

Media quotes (selection):

Esther Felden

Korea 2017: 'Rocketman' Kim vs. 'mentally deranged' Trump

Over 20 missile launches, one atomic test and a hefty verbal spat between North Korea and the United States – these events characterize the belligerent state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula in 2017.

in: dw.com, 26.12.2017 (online)

SWP Comments

Hanns Günther Hilpert
The Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Economic Potentials and Policy Perspectives


Christian Wagner
Rethinking South Asia

Scenarios for a Changing Geopolitical Landscape


SWP Research Papers

Felix Heiduk
An Arms Race in Southeast Asia?

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


Alexandra Sakaki, Gudrun Wacker
China – Japan – South Korea

A Tense Ménage à Trois