Dr. Eric J. Ballbach

Dr. Eric J. Ballbach


Research Division: Asia
Visiting Fellow

eric.ballbach(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-418

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:

The Koreas

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


SWP Publications (selection):

Eric J. Ballbach

North Korea: Between Autonomy-Seeking and the Pursuit of Influence

in: Hanns Günther Hilpert, Oliver Meier (eds.)
Facets of the North Korea Conflict

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 12, December 2018, 85 Pages, S. 11-16

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):

Niels Hegewisch

The Ulaanbaatar Dialogue – a “Helsinki” for peace in Northeast Asia?

in: fes-asia.org, 26.06.2018 (online)
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

Christian Wagner
Political Upheaval in Sri Lanka

Internal and External Consequences of the Parliamentary Elections on 5 August 2020


Andrea Frenzel, Nadine Godehardt
Improving Europe’s China Competence

On the Significance of China Competence for German and European Policy on China


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