Maximilian Ernst

PhD Researcher

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.

Featured publications

Economic Development Under Kim Jong-un

Published on 18.02.2021
Journal Articles

Korea Matters for Europe/Europe Matters for Korea

Published on 01.12.2020
Other Publications

Pride and Prosecution in the Korean Ministry of Justice

Published on 12.03.2020
Other Publications

Injuries in the DPRK: The Looming Epidemic

Published on 19.06.2019
Other Publications

Survey analysis: One year after the Singapore summit

Published on 12.06.2019
Other Publications

Doi moi and the February 2019 Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

Published on 12.02.2019
Other Publications

EU-ROK Relations: Putting the strategic partnership to work

Published on 15.10.2018
Other Publications


Support for the KF-VUB Korea Chair

Period March 2020 - December 2020
Funded By

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

KF-VUB Korea Chair

Period September 2017 - September 2017
Funded By

Korea Foundation