Mr. Erik Isaksson is Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Free University of Berlin. He worked at ISDP from 2017-2020 at both the Institute’s Japan and China Centers, and as the Outreach Coordinator. Mr. Isaksson holds a Master of Arts in Asian Languages and Cultures (with a specialization in Japanese) from Stockholm University, having also studied at Nihon University and Hokkaido University. He is particularly interested in policy processes, influence in politics and on foreign and security policies, and the role of identity in East Asian international relations.
Publications by Erik Isaksson
Pacifist Identity, Civics Textbooks, and the Opposition to Japan’s Security Legislation
Summary: This article looks at how Japanese national identity is constructed in Japanese junior high school civics textbooks and how that narrative relates to recent Japanese security policy. The article […]
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
The last year has seen sharp turns in the relationships between North Korea and its neighbors. After tough rhetoric back and forth between the United States and North Korea, we […]
Japan and North Korea: Toward Engagement for Regional Security
The current situation on the Korean Peninsula has invited debate on Japan’s perennial issue of constitutional revision. While this is a high-profile issue, other measures are needed to reduce tensions. […]