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.