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Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations at King's College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB). He is also the Co-director of the London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science. 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 boards 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.


  • East Asia’s international relations and political economy, especially the Korean Peninsula
  • EU-East Asia relations, especially South Korea, North Korea and China
  • Regional governance in East Asia
  • Political economy of finance

Dr Pacheco Pardo is currently working on three research projects. The first project focuses on the evolving security situation in the Korean Peninsula. Using a mixed methods approach and expanding on Dr Pacheco Pardo’s first book, a substantial part of this project involves the analysis of North Korea’s foreign policy and bargaining behaviour towards the US during the Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-il years. In addition, this project also involves work on South Korea’s foreign policy. The project aims to explain South Korea’s policy towards North Korea in the context of the strengthening and consolidation of its role as an autonomous middle power with policy interests beyond the Korean Peninsula.

The second research project centres on the design and implementation of entrepreneurial ecosystem-supportive policies across East Asia. Using a comparative political economy approach, this project involves the analysis of government policies designed to support entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital in order to create strong entrepreneurial ecosystems. The focus of this project has been on South Korea, Japan and China hitherto. This project is being developed in cooperation with Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra from King’s Department of International Development.

The final project Dr Pacheco Pardo is working on focuses on East Asia’s financial regionalism post-Global Financial Crisis. Its ultimate objective is to understand how regional cooperation can foster financial stability. The project examines the evolving role of the CMIM, AMRO and key East Asian countries (with particular focus on South Korea and China) in the development of a regional financial safety net among ASEAN+3 countries, as well as the relationship between this regional mechanism and global institutions such as the IMF.

For more information on any of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Pacheco Pardo directly.


  • ‘Complementarity between Regional and Global Financial Governance Institutions: The Case of ASEAN+3 and the Global Financial Safety Net’, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism 21:3 (2015), pp. 413-433. (co-authored with Pradumna B. Rana)
  • North Korea-US Relations under Kim Jong Il: The Quest for Normalization? (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014). Translated into Korean in 2016.
  • ‘The Bush Administration and North Korea: Explaining Policy Change through Soft Balancing’, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 26:3 (2014), pp. 333-349.
  • ‘Weak Power Bargaining with China: Mongolia and North Korea in Comparative Perspective’, Journal of Contemporary China 23:90 (2014), pp. 1152-1173. (co-authored with Jeffrey Reeves)
  • ‘EU-China Relations in Financial Governance: Cooperation, Convergence or Competition?’, Asia Europe Journal 12:1-2 (2014), pp. 63-77.

For a complete list of publications, please see Ramon's full research profile.


Dr Pacheco Pardo currently teaches modules on EU-Asia relations and the political economy of finance and crises. In the past he has also taught courses on international political economy, the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, introduction to politics and Spanish politics, among others.

Expertise and public engagement

Dr Pacheco Pardo is a Committee Member of CSCAP EU, a group of European experts on contemporary Asia-Pacific affairs drawn from academia and research institutions, together with relevant officials from the EEAS. The role of CSCAP EU is to provide informed expertise on the region to CSCAP, the Asia-Pacific’s premier track II forum, and for European scholars and policy practitioners to collaborate. Dr Pacheco Pardo also is an alumnus of the Korea Foundation Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert programme. Co-managed by Chatham House and the Korea Foundation, the programme identifies European experts with knowledge and expertise about East Asian and Korean affairs. It is part of a wider global network. Dr Pacheco Pardo has also been part of EU and UK delegations to track II dialogues with China, Japan and South Korea. He has also testified on EU-North Korea engagement at the European Parliament. In addition, Dr Pacheco Pardo is a frequent media contributor, having been interviewed by Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera English, Asharq Al-Awsat, Associated Press, BBC, Cadena SER, CNN, Folha de Sao Paulo, France 24, Los Angeles Times, Radio Nacional de España, Sky News, The Australian, The Times, The Times of India, Thomson Reuters, Voice of America (radio & TV), Voice of Russia (radio & TV), and Xinhua (print & TV), among many others. He is also a regular contributor to CNN en Español and Monocle. He is happy to talk about East Asian, EU and global economic and political affairs.

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