Korea Chair

The Korea Chair is the premier independent platform in Washington, D.C. for the advancement of major policy issues of common importance to the people of the Republic of Korea and the United States


Through nonpartisan, expert analysis and cutting-edge research on ongoing policy opportunities and security challenges facing the region, the Korea Chair promotes a greater understanding of relations between the United States, Korea, and Asia. 

CSIS appointed Dr. Victor Cha, former White House official and Georgetown University professor and vice dean as the inaugural chair holder in 2009. 

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Putin’s Play in NK: The Truth of the Matter Crossover Episode

In a crossover episode with CSIS's The Truth of the Matter, Dr. Victor Cha discusses Vladimir Putin’s visit to Pyongyang and why he believes the “Mutual Defense Treaty” agreed to by  Russia and North Korea is the greatest threat to U.S. national security since the Korean War.  Also discussed—what this means for the U.S. and its allies and how it impacts China.

Podcast Episode by Victor Cha and H. Andrew Schwartz — June 21, 2024