Dr. Eric J. Ballbach

Eric J. Ballbach

Institut für Koreastudien

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

Freie Universität Berlin

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Director of Research Unit II 'North Korea and International Security'

Adresse
Otto-von-Simson Straße 11
Raum DG04 (1. OG)
14195 Berlin
Telefon
IKS (Mo, Do, Fr): 030 - 838 56893 / SWP (Di, Mi): 030 - 88007 418
Fax
030 - 838 456 898
E-Mail
eric.ballbach[at]fu-berlin.de

Sprechstunde

Institut für Koreastudien: Mo, Do & Fr. nach vorheriger Vereinbarung

SWP: Di & Mi

Current and Past Affiliations

since 10/2017 Visiting fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik [German Institute for International and Security Affairs]
since 04/2015 Post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
04/2009-03/2015 Research Fellow and Lecturer, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
2008 Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Contract for services (e.g. drafting of MA and PhD study and examination regulations, drafting of applications for two research projects, etc.)


Doctorate

 

Doctorate at the University of Trier; Doctoral Adviser: Prof. Dr. Hanns W. Maull; Dissertation: “Producing Boundaries: Identity and North Korean Foreign Policy”; Doctoral viva (Rigorosum) on the political systems of North and South Korea, the changing security architecture in East Asia and the concepts of power and regimen in the works of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler

05/2008– 09/2008

Research stay at the “Korea Institute for National Unification” (KINU) in Seoul, ROK


Acquired third party funds, scholarships & grants

Stipendium from the Korea Foundation, Korean language training program, Sogang University, Seoul, September 2015-March 2016

Travel grant from the “Center for International Cooperation,” Freie Universität Berlin, North Korea, May 2015

“Volkswagen Foundation grant” for the international conference “Moving Beyond Description: Identity, Power, and the Theory and Methodology of North Korean Studies”, July 3-4, 2014, Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany

Travel grant from the “Center for International Cooperation,” Freie Universität Berlin, North Korea, September 2012

Assistance in preparing the successful application for the establishment of the “Graduate School of East Asian Studies” at Freie Universität Berlin, Excellence Initiative, German Research Council

Assistance in preparing the successful application for the Institution Grant of the "Academy of Korean Studies" for the joint research project "The Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation" (in cooperation with Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Assistance in preparing the successful application for the research project “Reunification Processes after formal Unification. The German Example and its relevance to Korea,” Remittance work on behalf of the Ministry for Unification, South Korea

Assistance in preparing the successful application for the Advanced Training Program for Social Science Teachers on Korea, Korea Foundation (held annually since 2012)

Main Research Interest

  • Foreign and Security Policies of North and South Korea
  • Inter-Korean Relations
  • Identity Politics on the Korean peninsula
  • Regionalization Processes and Multiliteralism in East Asia
  • Critical International Relations Theory

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS & MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Monographs


    2014. Producing Boundaries: Identity and North Korean Foreign Policy, Ph.D.-Thesis

    2005. The Political Dynamics of Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation. The Case of the Kaesŏng Industrial Complex, M.A.-Thesis (in German)

 

Articles


   2018.   Über die Herausforderungen des Dialogs mit Nordkorea [On the Challenges of Dialogue with North Korea] (accepted for publication), to be  
              published in: ASIEN, No. 144 (January 2018)

   ____    Das Sanktionsregime des UNO Sicherheitsrates gegen Nordkorea: Merkmale und Leistungsdefizite [The Sanctions Regime of the U.N.
              Security Council on North Korea: Characteristics and Leistungsdefizite], to be published in: Journal of the German Association for United      
              Nations (April 2018)

   2017.   Nordkorea und die Bombe [North Korea and the Bomb], in: WeltTrends – Journal for International Politics, No. 134, pp. 46-52

   ____    Engaging North Korea in International Institutions: The Case of the ASEAN Regional Forum, to be published in: International Journal for Korean
              Unification Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 35-65

   2016. North Korea´s Emerging Nuclear State Identity: Discursive Construction and Performative Enactment", in: The Korean Journal of International
            Studies, (accepted for publication)

    2015. Constructions of Identity and Threat in North Korea’s “Diplomatic War” Discourse, in: Tiempo Devorado: Revista de Historia Actual [Consumed
             Time: Journal of Contemporary History], Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015): Corea del Norte, la transición invisible [North Korea, the invisible transition], pp.
             27-49

    ____The History of the Present: Meta-Narratives in North Korean Political and Cultural Discourses, in: S/N Korean Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.
           78-100

   2013. Beyond the Arcane Other? On the Current Status of Research on North Korea, Expert Paper written for the DFG-funded research project
            “Knowledge Transfer as Intercultural Translation” jointly conducted by the University of Halle and Freie Universität Berlin

    ____Perspektiven der innerkoreanischen Beziehungen nach den Machtwechseln in Nord- und Südkorea [Perspectives on inter-Korean Relations after
           the Transitions of Power in North and South Korea], in: Kultur Korea, 2-2013 (with Hannes B. Mosler), S. 53-55

   2012. Der König ist tot, es lebe der König? Nordkorea nach Kim Jong Il [The king is dead, long live the king? North Korea after Kim Jong-Il], in:
            WeltTrends. Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik, Nr. 83 (März/April 2012), S. 17-21

   ____  Same, same, but different? North Korea in the post-Kim Jong-Il era (mit Prof. Dr. Eun-Jeung Lee & Dr. Werner Pfennig), in: OAG-NOTIZEN,
            02/2012, S. 10-16

   2009. Südkorea in Nordostasien - Die Frage von Krieg und Frieden [South Korea in Northeast Asia – The Question of War and Peace] (mit Prof. Dr. Lee
            Eun-Jeung), in: JDZB-Echo, Mitteilungen des Japanisch-Deutschen Zentrums Berlin, Nr. 88, S. 1-2

    ____ Währungsreform in Nordkorea [Currency Reform in North Korea], in: Korea Forum, Vol. 19, No. 1+2, 2009, pp. 85-86

    ____ Kims Machtspiele [Kim’s Power Games], in: „Publik Forum“, Nr. 8 (2009), pp. 12-13 (German)

   2006. Der „Kaesong Industrial Complex“, in: Korea Forum, Vol. 16, No. 1+2/2006, S. 60-65

  

Chapters in edited volumes


    2017.   Authoritarian Continuity or Democratic Change? Assessing the Democratic Quality of South Korea’s North Korea Policymaking, to be published 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, pp. 277-304

    2016. Framing an Enemy? A Comparative Analysis of the Media Framing of North Korea, in: Marion Eggert and Eun-Jeung Lee (eds.): The Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation, to be published by Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 79-109

    2015. Identität/Macht/Politik: Die Nuklearkrise und Nordkoreas Außenpolitik [Identity/Power/Politics: The Nuclear Crisis and North Korea’s Foreign Policy], in: Eun-Jeung Lee, Hannes B. Mosler (eds.): Länderbericht Korea [Country Report Korea], Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, pp. 508-523

    ____Chuch'e: Nordkoreas Staatsideologie [Chuch’e: North Korea’s State Ideology], in: Eun-Jeung Lee, Hannes B. Mosler (eds.): Länderbericht Korea [Country Report Korea], Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, pp. 453-468

    2013. Between Autonomy and Influence? Multilateralism and North Korean Foreign Policy vis-à-vis the Six-Party Talks, in: Patrick Köllner, Rüdiger Frank, James Hoare and Susan Pares (eds.): Korea Yearbook 2013. Politics, Economy, Society, Leiden & Boston: Brill, pp. 215-239

    2010. Frightened of an Independent Stance? The Role of the European Union in the North Korea Question (Co-author: Eun-Jeung Lee), in: Peace and Democracy Institute (ed.): Can the Korean Peninsula be reunified to be a Reunified Germany? Lessons from the 20 Years’ Anniversary of the Collapse of the Berlin Wall for the Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul, Songjung (in Korean), pp. 367-400

 

Media contributions


    2014. Alle für Einen [All for one], in: Focus, No. 20 (2014), pp. 12-13

    2007. „Die großen politischen Figuren sind verschwunden…“ [“The Great Political Figures Disappeared…”], Interview mit Dr. Jong, Bum-goo, in: Korea Forum, Vol. 17, No. 1+2, 2007, pp. 7-10

    2004. Ein Tag der die Nation schockierte. Die Amtsenthebung Roh Moo-hyuns [A Day that shocked the Nation. The Impeachment of Roh Moo-Hyun], in: Korea Forum, Vol. 14, No. 2/04, pp. 7-8

    2003. Quo Vadis Nordkorea? [Quo Vadis North Korea?], in: Korea Forum, Vol. 13, No. 1/03, p. 58

 

Short Papers/Analysis


   

    Entspannung in Korea? Zur jüngsten Annäherung zwischen Seoul und Pjöngjang, SWP Aktuell 14, Februar 2018, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

    Fortschritt ohne Wandel? Ein Kommentar zu den jüngsten Entwicklungen in Nordkorea [Progress without Change? A Commentary on the latest Developments in North Korea], 15. Januar 2013, http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/publikationen/kommentare/2013/kommentarFortschrittOhneWandel.html

    The Nuclear Rationale: A Commentary on North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, 12. Februar 2013, http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/publikationen/kommentare/2013/kommentarNuclearRationale.html

    North Korea after Kim Jong-Il...what we (don't) know. Commentary on the Death of Kim Jong Il, http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/files/North_Korea_after_Kim_Jong-Il___where_to_go_from_here.pdf

    Erneute militärische Konfrontation im Gelben Meer. Kommentar zu den jüngsten Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Nord- und Südkorea [Renewed military confrontations in the Yellow Sea: A Commentary on the most recent altercations between North and South Korea], verfügbar unter: http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/forschung/Kommentare/Kommentar_zu_den_j__ngsten_NK-SK-Konfrontationen.pdf

    Zwischen internem Druck und externer Öffnung? Eine Analyse des gemeinsamen Neujahrseditorials der Rodong Sinmun, der Chosŏninmingun und der Ch’ŏngnyŏnchŏnwi [Between internal pressure and external opening? An analysis of the joint new year‘s editorial of the Rodong Sinmun, Chosŏninmingun and Ch’ŏngnyŏnchŏnwi, http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/forschung/Kommentare/Kommentar_Neujahrseditorial1.html

    Kommentar zur Währungsreform in Nordkorea [Commentary on the currency reform in North Korea], 3.12.2009, http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/forschung/Kommentare/Kommentar_W__hrungsreform_Nordkorea.html

    Provokation mit Kalkül - Kommentar zum jüngsten Raketentest Nordkoreas [Provocation with calculus – Commentary on North Korea’s latest missile tests], http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/korea-studien/institut/news/Kommentar_Raketentest.html

    Ein Prozess der kleinen Schritte – Die „Sechs-Parteien-Gespräche“ stehen vor dem Eintritt in ihre schwierigste Phase [A Process of Little Steps – The Six-Party Talks are about to enter their most difficult phase], in: KOKOFO-Analysen, No.1-2008, http://koreaverband.ahkorea.com/_board8/bbs/board.php?bo_table=pro_komm&wr_id=10

    Gipfelstimmung auf der koreanischen Halbinsel [Summit Spirit on the Korean Peninsula], http://www.koreaverband.de/news/artikel.php?index=68

    Summit Spirit on the Korean Peninsula, http://www.nautilus.org/fora/security/07071Ballbach.html

    Implikationen des nordkoreanischen Atomtests [Implications of North Korea’s Nuclear Test], http://www.koreaverband.de/news/artikel.php?index=65

 

Selected (Conference) Presentations and Lectures


     2016. North Korea: Stability between Isolation and Opening? Theodor-Heuss Academy, Köln-Gummersbach, April 2, 2016

    ____. North Korea in international Organizations: Introducing the Role Concept of the Engaged Independent, Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Atlanta, Hilton Hotel, March 19, 2016

    2015. Korea Studies in the Content of Divided Nation – A View from Germany, Presentations at the International Conference “Reconsidering Korean Studies,” Yonsei University, Seoul, December 3-4, 2015

    ____How Democratic is the Formulation of South Korea’s North Korea Policy?, Presentation at the International Graduate School of East Asian Studies Workshop “Korea in East Asia and the World,” Berlin, June 27, 2015

    ____From Nordpolitik to Trust Policy: How Democratic is the Formulation of South Korea’s North Korea Policy?, Presentation at the 2015 International Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) Workshop “Quality of Democracy in Korea - Three Decades after Democratization,” Berlin, May 22-23, 2015

    2014. North Korea: Between Continuity and Change, Presentation at the fourth Workshop for Social Science Teachers in Germany, Berlin, November 21, 2014

    ____Staging a Purge: Textual Representations and Visual Imagery in the Purge of Jang Song Thaek, Presentation at the 7th World Congress of Korean Studies, Hawaii, November 5, 2014 

    ____Constructing Threat, Performing Security – Danger and North Korean Foreign Policy, Presentation at the 1st World Congress of North Korean Studies, Seoul, October 29, 2014 

    ____Diplomacy without Public(ity)? Approaching North Korea’s Public Diplomacy, Presentation at the 2nd FU-KoreaNet International Conference, Seoul, Ewha Womens University, July 8, 2014 

    ____Producing Boundaries, Performing Difference: Identity and North Korean Foreign Policy, Presentation at the International Workshop „Moving Beyond Description – Identity, Power, and the Theory and Methodology of North Korean Studies, Hannover, Schloss Herrenhausen, July 4, 2014

    ____Framing an Enemy – The Media Representation of North Korea in Selected International Newspapers, Presentation at the International Conference “The Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation”, Academy of Korean Studies Closing Conference, February 28, 2014

    2013. Multilateralism and the Role of the EU in Facilitating Korean Unification, Presentation at the International Conference ‚Korean Unification and International Cooperation,‘ Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, July 8, 2013

    ____The Logic of Continuity: Escalation and Deescalation of the Conflict between North and South Korea, Bundeswehruniversität Hamburg, Organized by Prof. Dr. August Pradetto, Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, May 3, 2013

    ____Participant at the Podium Discussion ‚Just Another Crisis?‘, organized by the Institute of Korean Studies, Weiterbildungszentrum, Freie Universität Berlin, April 17, 2013

    ____Teaching Introductory Courses on Korean Politics, Annual Joint Workshop of the Institute of Korean Studies, Yonsei University, and the Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, July 12, 2013

    ____North Korea – Between Continuity and Change, presentation at the third Workshop for Social Science Teachers in Germany, Berlin, November 12, 2013

    2012. Performativity and North Korean Foreign Policy, presentation accepted at the 5th Korea Foundation Workshop „Koreastudien im deutschsprachigen Raum“, Berlin, November 2012

    ____A Rogue is a Rogue? North Korea in international Politics, presentation at the Korea Foundation Workshop for German Social Science Teachers, Seminaris Hotel Dahlem, Berlin, November 24, 2012

    ____North Korea’s National Role Conception and P’yŏngyang’s U.S. Policy in the First and Second Nuclear Crisis, accepted at the 22nd World Congress of Political Science of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Madrid, July 8 - 12, 2012

    ____Analyzing North Korea - New Approaches and Perspectives, presentation at the EPEL Workshop 2012, Ruhr Universiy Bochum, June 2012

    2011. On the Chances and Limits of a Lasting Regional Security Mechanism in Northeast Asia - A Realist and Constructivist Perspective, presentation at the First International Symposium of the Kim Il-Sung University, P'yŏngyang, September 2011

    ____Explaining the Kaesŏng Paradox, presentation will be given at the 4th Korea Foundation Workshop „Koreastudien im deutschsprachigen Raum“, November 2011

    ____Die mediale Konstruktion eines Feindbildes, presentation at the "Special Lectures Series North Korea", Freie Universität Berlin, June 2011

    ____Framing an Enemy - A comparative analysis of the representation of North Korea in the international media, presentation at the international conference "Social Networks and Location in the Circulation of Knowledge", Ruhr-University Bochum, May 2011

    2010. Zwischen Autonomie und Einfluss? Nordkoreas außenpolitisches Verhalten in den "Six-Party Talks" und die neorealistische Außenpolitiktheorie, presentation at the 3rd Korea Foundation Workshop „Koreastudien im deutschsprachigen Raum“, November 2010

    ____Between Autonomy and Influence? North Korea's Foreign Policy Behavior vis-à-vis the "Six-Party Talks" and the Neorealist Foreign Policy Theory, presentation at the 5th World Congress of Korean Studies, Taipei, Taiwan, October 2010

    ____Discutant at the podium discussion "Afrikas Adler vs. Asiens Tiger - Fußball und Entwicklung in Nigeria und Südkorea", Diskussionsreihe „Eine Welt – Eine Zukunft“, Berlin, June 2010

    2009. Was können Deutschland und die EU für Frieden und Wiedervereinigung in Korea tun?, joint presentation with Prof. Dr. Lee Eun-Jeung at the international conference "20 Jahre Mauerfall in Berlin und die Lehren für die Wiedervereinigung in Korea", Seoul, ROK, September 2009

    ____Die politische Dynamik der innerkoreanischen Wirtschaftskooperation [The Political Dynamics of inter-Korean Economic Cooperation], presentation at the research colloquium of the Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, December 2009

    ____Multilateralismus in der Außenpolitik Nordkoreas [Multilateralism in North Korea’s Foreign Policy], presentation at the second doctoral candidates‘ colloquium of the Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, July 2009

    ____Wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Umbrüche in Nordkorea [Economic and Societal Changes in North Korea], presentation at the conference, 20 Jahre Massaker auf dem Platz des Himmlischen Friedens – Kommunismus in Asien“, Stiftung Gedenkstätten Sachsen-Anhalt, Magdeburg, May 2009

    ____Multilateralismus in der Außenpolitik Nordkoreas [Multilateralism in North Korea’s Foreign Policy], presentation at the first doctoral candidates’ colloquium of the Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, February 2009

    2008. Neue Entwicklungen in der innerkoreanischen Wirtschaftskooperation [New Developments in inter-Korean Economic Cooperation], presentation at the international symposium „Korea – Friede, Wiedervereinigung, soziale Entwicklung“, Arnoldshein, February 2008

 

Media appearances


 More than 80 interviews in newspapers, radio and TV since 2009,