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Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Ramon Pacheco PardoSenior Lecturer in International Relations

KF-VUB Korea Chair

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

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • East Asia’s international relations and political economy
  • Political economy of finance
  • EU-East Asia relations
  • Regional governance in East Asia and the EU

Dr Pacheco Pardo is currently working on three research projects. The first project 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 China and South Korea) 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. In addition, this project includes a comparative element insofar it also analyses the similarities and differences between ASEAN+3 and EU financial governance arrangements. Part of this project involves collaboration with Dr Pradumna B. Rana from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

The second research project Dr Pacheco Pardo is currently working on centres on the design and implementation of entrepreneurial ecosystem-supportive policies across East Asia. Using a comparative political economy approach, this project involves an 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 and China hitherto. The aim is for the project to cover other East Asian countries, as well as other parts of the world in which governments are implementing similar policies. This project is being developed in cooperation with Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra from King’s Department of International Development.

The final research project Dr Pacheco Pardo is working on examines relations between the EU and East Asia. This is a multifaceted project, analysing several aspects of this relationship with the goal of understanding how relations can strengthen and cooperation improve. One of the strands of the project focuses on renminbi internationalisation across key European countries and financial centres, including UK/London, Germany/Frankfurt and France/Paris. This project involves cooperation with Dr Jan Knoerich from King’s Lau China Institute and Dr Li Yuanfang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, among others. Another strand of this project focuses on the EU’s policy towards and relations with China and the Korean Peninsula. The main emphasis is on existing and potential Sino-European and South Korean-European cooperation, as well as EU policy towards North Korea.

For more information on any of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Pacheco Pardo directly. For more details, please see Ramon's full research profile.

Selected publications
  • ‘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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