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:

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 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