Senior Policy Group Roundtable with Governor Kim Moon-soo

March 25, 2014 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

On March 25, the CSIS Office of the Korea Chair hosted a special Korea Chair Senior Policy Group roundtable featuring special guest:

Mr. Kim Moon-soo
Governor, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

Moderated by
Dr. Michael Jonathan Green
Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS

Governor Kim Moon-soo is a long-time politician of the ruling Saenuri Party. He has served as the governor of Gyeonggi Province for the past eight years. Before becoming governor, he served in the National Assembly as a three-term lawmaker representing Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province. Being a former labor and democratic activist, Governor Kim is regarded as one of the few leaders in Korea who stresses the importance of both inter-Korean exchange and North Korean human rights issue. In 2012, Governor Kim ran in the ruling party's presidential primary to challenge then party leader and now current President Park Geun-hye, ultimately placing second in that race. Governor Kim earned his B.A. in business administration from Seoul National University.

Dr. Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an assistant professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet. Dr. Green is also currently a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a distinguished scholar at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation in Tokyo.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the advisory board of the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He is also an associate of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security. His current research includes a book project on the history of U.S. strategy in Asia; a survey of elite views of norms, power, and regional institutions in Asia; and a monograph on Japanese strategic culture. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors. He holds a black belt in Iaido (sword) and has won international prizes on the great highland bagpipe.