© Korea Chair – Vrije Universiteit Brussel – 2018



KF-VUB Korea Chair Holder

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo is the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies (IES-VUB) and Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations at King’s College London.

He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Dr Pacheco Pardo is also Committee Member at CSCAP EU and Korea Foundation Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert alumnus. He has held visiting positions at Korea University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Melbourne University. Dr Pacheco Pardo has been editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and currently sits in the editorial board of EU-China Observer and Global Studies Journal.

His publications include the book North Korea-US Relations under Kim Jong Il: The Quest for Normalization? published in 2014 and translated into Korean in 2016. He has participated in track 1.5 or 2 dialogues with South Korea, North Korea, China and Japan, given testimony before the European Parliament, and is a frequent media commentator on Northeast Asian affairs and EU-East Asia relations.



KF-VUB Korea Chair Senior Researcher

Dr Tongfi Kim is an assistant professor of international affairs at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University and previously worked at Purdue University, Griffith University, and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. His research centers on security studies and the international relations of East Asia. He is the author of The Supply Side of Security: A Market Theory of Military Alliances(Stanford University Press, 2016). In addition, he has published on topics such as military entanglement, U.S.-South Korea alliance, U.S.-Japan alliance, maritime disputes, the role of leaders in intra-alliance bargaining, nuclear non-proliferation, middle-powers, China’s rise, and political effects of demographics.



KF-VUB Korea Chair PhD Candidate

Linde Desmaele joined the IES in April 2017 as a PhD researcher in the International Security cluster. Her PhD project is embedded within the KF-VUB Korea Chair and focuses the changing role of Europe in American grand strategy as Washington rebalances to the Asia-Pacific region.

Linde obtained a M.A with high honors in European Studies (specialization: EU-Asia Relations) from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), and a M.A. in International Studies with high honors from Seoul National University’s Graduate School of International Studies.

She previously worked as an intern at the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.



KF-VUB Korea Chair Project Assistant

Paula Cantero Dieguez joined in March 2018 as the Project & Events Assistant for the KF-VUB Korea Chair. Paula previously worked as a Political Affairs trainee at the European External Action Service, European Delegation to the Republic for Korea, where she drafted intelligence briefs on Korean domestic affairs, security affairs on the Korean peninsula and EU-Korea relations.

Paula obtained a M.A. in International Studies from Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. From 2013 to 2017, she lived in South Korea where she completed a Korean language training in Gwangju and a Master program in Seoul as part of a scholarship program sponsored by the Korean government.



KF-VUB Korea Chair PhD Candidate

Maximilian Ernst joined the IES in October 2018 as a PhD researcher in the International Security cluster. His PhD project is embedded within the KF-VUB Korea Chair and focuses on the intercorrelation between political and economic cooperation among Northeast Asian states and the implications for European CSDP towards the region.

Max obtained his M.A. in International Security and Foreign Policy from Yonsei University and his B.A. in Chinese Studies from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He has lived, worked, and studied in China, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Before joining the KF-VUB Korea Chair, Max worked as Investment Consultant for KOTRA in Hamburg and as Political Affairs trainee at the European Delegation to the Republic of Korea.

Max is the Managing Editor of the Global Politics Review, Journal of International Studies.


KF-VUB Korea Chair Visiting Fellow

Young-hun Kim joined the Institute for European Studies in August 2018 as a Visiting Fellow. His research focus is ‘A Case Study on the Integration of the EU for the economic unification of North and South Korea’.

He is currently working at the South Korean Ministry of Unification and has visited North Korea several times during his career.