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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 King's Regional Envoy for East and South East Asia, helping to shape and implement the university's strategy for the region. 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. 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 East Asia: An International Quarterly, EU-China Observer and Global Studies Journal. His publications include the book North Korea-US Relations from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un, published in 2019. He has participated in track 1.5 and 2 dialogues with South Korea, North Korea, China and Japan. Dr Pacheco Pardo has testified before the European Parliament and advised the OECD, the European External Action Service, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United Kingdom’s Cabinet and Foreign & Commonwealth offices. He is a frequent media commentator on North East 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

For more information on specific research projects, contact Dr Pacheco Pardo directly.


Dr Pacheco Pardo currently teaches modules on EU-Asia relations and the political economy of East Asia. 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-2 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 dialogues with South Korea, North Korea, China and Japan. He has also testified on North Korean affairs before the European Parliament on several occasions. 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 (radio and TV), Bloomberg, Cadena SER, Chosun Ilbo, CNN, El País, France 24, JoongAng Ilbo, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nikkei Asian Review, Radio Nacional de España, Reuters, Sky News, South China Morning Post, The Hankyoreh, The Strait Times, The Times, Voice of America (radio and TV), Wall Street Journal, and Xinhua (print and TV), among many others. He is also a regular contributor to Arirang TV. He is happy to talk about East Asian, Europe-East Asian, and global economic and political affairs.