Maximilian Ernst is a PhD Researcher at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB). In his PhD project, Maximilian focuses on Chinese statecraft in the Asia-Pacific region in the context of the Sino-American strategic competition.
He obtained an M.A. in International Security and Foreign Policy from Yonsei University and a B.A. in Chinese Studies from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Since 2022, Maximilian assumes the position of a social scientist at the Cyber and Information Domain Service Command (KdoCIR) of the German Armed Forces in Bonn.
Previously, Maximilian worked as Investment Consultant for KOTRA in Hamburg and as Political Affairs trainee at the European Delegation to the Republic of Korea. In 2020, Maximilian was a Research Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University. His work has been published in Journals such as North Korean Review, Asian Perspective, Asian Journal for Peacebuilding, and the Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies.
Control Through Cooperation? Assessing China's Economic and Military-Strategic Interests in the South China Sea
The Foreign Policy of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol: What to Expect
South Korea’s Foreign Policy after the March 2022 Election: Between Washington, Beijing, Tokyo, and Pyongyang
Connecting Northeast Asia: Renewable Energy and Prospects for Cooperation
The EU's Indo-Pacific Strategy: Prospects for Cooperation with South Korea
Limits of Public Diplomacy and Soft Power: Lessons from the THAAD Dispute for South Korea's Foreign Policy
Double Down on Liberalism: A Transatlantic Response to Chinese Economic Coercion
On Shifting a Nation’s Collective Memory: The Role of Ahn Jung-geun in South Korea’s Foreign Policy
Beyond traditional security: South Korea’s positioning towards the cyber, energy, maritime and trade security domains
Mapping Out EU-South Korea Relations: Key Member States’ Perspectives
Moon Jae-in’s Policy Towards Multilateral Institutions: Continuity and Change in South Korea’s Global Strategy
One year after the Singapore summit: an analysis of the views of the publics of the US, China, Japan and Russia about the situation in the Korean Peninsula
Korea Chair Explains – Hanoi Summit Explained: the Key Players’ Views
EU-ROK Relations: Putting the strategic partnership to work
Korea Chair Explains – Inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang Explained: The Key Players’ Views
Support for the KF-VUB Korea Chair
Embassy of the Republic of Korea