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Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Professor Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Head of the Department of European & International Studies and Professor of International Relations

  • Regional Envoy for East and South East Asia

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Security

Biography

Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Professor of International Relations at King’s College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 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.

Prof Pacheco Pardo is also Adjunct Fellow (Non-Resident) with the Korea Chair at CSIS, Scientific Council Member at Elcano Royal Institute and Committee Member at CSCAP EU. He has held visiting positions at Korea University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Melbourne University.

His publications include the books Korea: A New History of South & North (Yale University Press, 2023; with Victor Cha), South Korea's Grand Strategy: Making Its Own Destiny (Columbia University Press, 2023), Shrimp to Whale: South Korea from the Forgotten War to K-Pop (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2022) and North Korea-US Relations from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un (Routledge, 2019). Prof Pacheco Pardo has been editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and currently sits in the editorial boards of East Asia: An International Quarterly and Korea-Europe Review.

He has participated in track 1.5 and 2 dialogues with South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan and the United States. Prof Pacheco Pardo has testified before the European Parliament and consulted and advised NATO, the OECD and the governments of Canada, the EU, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the United States, among others. He is a frequent media commentator on North East Asian affairs and EU-East Asia relations.

Research

  • International relations, security and political economy of the Korean Peninsula, East Asia and the Indo-Pacific
  • Diplomatic, security and economic relations between Europe and the Korean Peninsula and East Asia

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

Teaching

Prof Pacheco Pardo currently teaches modules on global politics and the political economy of East Asia.

In the past he has also taught courses on EU-Asia relations, international political economy, the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, introduction to politics, and Spanish politics, among others.

Expertise and public engagement

Prof 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.

Prof Pacheco Pardo has also been part of EU, Spain and UK delegations to dialogues with South Korea, North Korea, China and Japan. He has also testified on Korean and Asian affairs before the European Parliament on several occasions.

In addition, Prof 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 Pais, Financial Times, France 24, JoongAng Ilbo, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nikkei Asian Review, Reuters, Sky News, South China Morning Post, The Economist, The Korea Times, The Strait Times, The Times, TVE, Voice of America (radio and TV), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Yonhap, among many others. He is also a regular contributor to Arirang TV and a regular columnist for JoongAng Ilbo.

He is happy to talk about East Asian, Europe-East Asian, and global economic and political affairs.

Further details

See Ramon's research profile

    Research

    European Foreign resized
    The European Foreign Policy Research Group

    The European Foreign Policy group looks at both EU as well as state foreign policies within Europe and their interconnections.

    southkoreamainimage
    London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science

    A forum for inter-disciplinary, comparative social scientific research relating to the Asia-Pacific region

    Indo-pacific reefs
    Indo-Pacific research group

    Examining the geo-political strategy of the Indo-Pacific and its relationship with other states.

    News

    King's experts offer insights following death of Alexei Navalny

    The death of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has generated headlines around the globe.

    2019-11-21 Russian Language skills main

    King's celebrates launch of new academic partnership

    A unique academic partnership between King’s College London and Seoul National University has officially been launched.

    NewMA007

    Academic presents progress report to EU committee

    The prospects for closer co-operation between the European Union and Japan are “vast” and more work is needed to solidify existing ties, according to a report...

    EUParlRamon002

    Fellowship in memory of former King's student marks anniversary

    A fellowship set up in memory of a former King’s student is marking its 10th anniversary.

    Photo of a sign with the word NEWS on it

    King's hosts forum focussed on international peace efforts

    Efforts to bring peace and reunification to the Korean peninsula were in focus at a special forum which took place at King’s College London.

    SPE_stock

    Minister's visit to King's marks historic anniversary

    King’s College London welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea, Park Jin, for a roundtable discussion to mark the 140th anniversary...

    Three people sat at table in panel discussion

    Conference to examine growing divide between global superpowers

    An upcoming conference will examine the growing divide between China and the US and the emerging perception of a new Cold War.

    EuropePng

    Academic shares insights with global media amid political developments

    A King’s academic shared his views with global media on a busy month of diplomatic and political activity for South Korea.

    SPENewsStock

    Prestigious new appointment for King's academic

    A King’s College London academic has been appointed to one of the leading foreign policy think tanks in Europe.

    SPENewsStock

    Landmark anniversary for Department of European and International Studies

    The Department of European and International Studies is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of events that reflect its dynamic research and areas...

    30YearsLogo2

    Events

    16JunEuropePng

    The Demise of the Global Market Economy and the Rise of a Two-sphere World

    Are we seeing the demise of the global market economy?

    Please note: this event has passed.

    16FebEuropePng

    The Demise of the Global Market Economy and the Rise of a two-sphere World

    Are we seeing the demise of the global market economy?

    Please note: this event has passed.

    11NovLast year's Korea Global Forum for Peace event. Picture: KGFP

    King's to help host Korea Global Forum for Peace

    King’s College London is helping to organise a global forum focussed on peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    07OctThe global pandemic is in the spotlight for the first installment of the EIS seminar series

    Politics in Times of COVID-19 – Responding to Radical Uncertainty

    The first installment in the 2020/21 EIS seminar series puts the global pandemic in the spotlight

    Please note: this event has passed.

    08OctThe event is being hosted by the Centre for German Transnational Relations

    Two Countries Divided: Unpacking the Legacy of German and Korean Unification Policies

    Experts will discuss the impact of reunification on Germany and what lessons it may hold for attempts in future to reunify Korea.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    04JunWWGT Logo

    WORLD: we got this | East Asia in focus

    Join us for this discussion on how COVID-19 has impact East Asia and what lessons have been learned to prevent future pandemics.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    North Korea's Denuclearisation: Is There a Role for Europe?

    Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo outlines how the UK and France could support the dismantling process and the EU could support broader diplomacy in North Korea.

    North Korean flags hero size

    East Asia shows the way out of lockdown

    Technology and legal frameworks can help ease lockdown and prepare for a possible second wave

    Zebra crossing

    Informing the public debate on COVID-19

    Academics from across the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy are helping us all better understand the huge societal shifts created by the COVID-19...

    Newspapers Image

    Spotlight

    Helping to build bridges between East and West

    The rise to prominence of China and North Korea on the world stage has posed new problems for nations in the West, who are used to working with partners...

    The Korean peninsula has been the focus of research for King's academics.

    Spotlight on COVID: Prepare for the next pandemic now, Government urged

    Daniel Mansfield interviews Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, reader in international relations in the Department of European and International Studies, about how the...

    New research looks at the spread of COVID-19 in East Asia

      Research

      European Foreign resized
      The European Foreign Policy Research Group

      The European Foreign Policy group looks at both EU as well as state foreign policies within Europe and their interconnections.

      southkoreamainimage
      London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science

      A forum for inter-disciplinary, comparative social scientific research relating to the Asia-Pacific region

      Indo-pacific reefs
      Indo-Pacific research group

      Examining the geo-political strategy of the Indo-Pacific and its relationship with other states.

      News

      King's experts offer insights following death of Alexei Navalny

      The death of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has generated headlines around the globe.

      2019-11-21 Russian Language skills main

      King's celebrates launch of new academic partnership

      A unique academic partnership between King’s College London and Seoul National University has officially been launched.

      NewMA007

      Academic presents progress report to EU committee

      The prospects for closer co-operation between the European Union and Japan are “vast” and more work is needed to solidify existing ties, according to a report...

      EUParlRamon002

      Fellowship in memory of former King's student marks anniversary

      A fellowship set up in memory of a former King’s student is marking its 10th anniversary.

      Photo of a sign with the word NEWS on it

      King's hosts forum focussed on international peace efforts

      Efforts to bring peace and reunification to the Korean peninsula were in focus at a special forum which took place at King’s College London.

      SPE_stock

      Minister's visit to King's marks historic anniversary

      King’s College London welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea, Park Jin, for a roundtable discussion to mark the 140th anniversary...

      Three people sat at table in panel discussion

      Conference to examine growing divide between global superpowers

      An upcoming conference will examine the growing divide between China and the US and the emerging perception of a new Cold War.

      EuropePng

      Academic shares insights with global media amid political developments

      A King’s academic shared his views with global media on a busy month of diplomatic and political activity for South Korea.

      SPENewsStock

      Prestigious new appointment for King's academic

      A King’s College London academic has been appointed to one of the leading foreign policy think tanks in Europe.

      SPENewsStock

      Landmark anniversary for Department of European and International Studies

      The Department of European and International Studies is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of events that reflect its dynamic research and areas...

      30YearsLogo2

      Events

      16JunEuropePng

      The Demise of the Global Market Economy and the Rise of a Two-sphere World

      Are we seeing the demise of the global market economy?

      Please note: this event has passed.

      16FebEuropePng

      The Demise of the Global Market Economy and the Rise of a two-sphere World

      Are we seeing the demise of the global market economy?

      Please note: this event has passed.

      11NovLast year's Korea Global Forum for Peace event. Picture: KGFP

      King's to help host Korea Global Forum for Peace

      King’s College London is helping to organise a global forum focussed on peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      07OctThe global pandemic is in the spotlight for the first installment of the EIS seminar series

      Politics in Times of COVID-19 – Responding to Radical Uncertainty

      The first installment in the 2020/21 EIS seminar series puts the global pandemic in the spotlight

      Please note: this event has passed.

      08OctThe event is being hosted by the Centre for German Transnational Relations

      Two Countries Divided: Unpacking the Legacy of German and Korean Unification Policies

      Experts will discuss the impact of reunification on Germany and what lessons it may hold for attempts in future to reunify Korea.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      04JunWWGT Logo

      WORLD: we got this | East Asia in focus

      Join us for this discussion on how COVID-19 has impact East Asia and what lessons have been learned to prevent future pandemics.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      North Korea's Denuclearisation: Is There a Role for Europe?

      Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo outlines how the UK and France could support the dismantling process and the EU could support broader diplomacy in North Korea.

      North Korean flags hero size

      East Asia shows the way out of lockdown

      Technology and legal frameworks can help ease lockdown and prepare for a possible second wave

      Zebra crossing

      Informing the public debate on COVID-19

      Academics from across the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy are helping us all better understand the huge societal shifts created by the COVID-19...

      Newspapers Image

      Spotlight

      Helping to build bridges between East and West

      The rise to prominence of China and North Korea on the world stage has posed new problems for nations in the West, who are used to working with partners...

      The Korean peninsula has been the focus of research for King's academics.

      Spotlight on COVID: Prepare for the next pandemic now, Government urged

      Daniel Mansfield interviews Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, reader in international relations in the Department of European and International Studies, about how the...

      New research looks at the spread of COVID-19 in East Asia