Voices of Visiting Fellows
The Korea Chair regularly hosts visiting fellows and U.S.-Korea Policy Scholars. Voices of Visiting Fellows showcases the analysis and opinions of the Korea Chair’s former members of the visiting fellows and U.S.-Korea Policy Scholars on issues relevant to the Korean peninsula and East Asia.
Former Visiting Fellows
Mr. Tae Kon Kim began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in March 2015. His research topic is “Future development of ROK-U.S. alliance through defense industrial cooperation and U.S. policy for defense technology control, improvement of foreign military sales system and U.S. missile defense system.” Mr. Kim is the director of electronic warfare team at the Republic of Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). He held a number of key positions at DAPA: as director of International Policy and Cooperation Division, director of Financial Planning Division, director of Force Planning Division, director of Acquisition Policy Division, and director of Korea Defense Industry Trade Support Center. Mr. Kim holds an M.A. in public policy from Duke University and a B.A. in public administration from Sungkyunkwan University.
Mr. Taehyung Park began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in August 2014. His research topic is “South Korea’s approach to unification based on Trust-Building Process and the South Korean Strategy to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).” Mr. Park is the director of the Legislative Request and Petition Center at the South Korean National Assembly. He has served in a number of key posts at the National Assembly: as director of the Proceedings Division at the Proceedings Bureau; as director of the Bills Division at the Proceedings Bureau; and as legislative staff of the National Policy Committee and the National Assembly Steering Committee. Mr. Park holds a B.A. in business administration and an M.A. in public administration from Seoul National University. He also received an M.P.A. from the John. F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Mr. Eun Ho Gang began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in March 2014. His research topic is “ROK and U.S. cooperation in innovative weapon system acquisition strategies, defense technology, and R&D policies in response to current and future threats from North Korea.” Mr. Gang is Director General of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). He has previously served as Director General for Planning and Coordination, Director General of the Guided Weapon Program Department, and Director General for Defense Technology Control. In addition to his posts at DAPA, he served as Deputy Secretary to the President for National Defense in the ROK Presidential Office. Mr. Gang received a M.A. from Duke University and Yonsei University. He completed his doctorate at Yonsei University.
General Seung Jo Jung (ROK Army, Ret.) served as the 37th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Jung began his military career upon graduation and began his commission from the ROK Military Academy in 1976. During the span of over 37 years, he has led ROK and ROK-U.S. forces in multiple command posts: Deputy Commander, ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command; Commander, Ground Component Command; Commander, 1st ROK Army; Commander, 2nd Corps; Commander, 1st Infantry Division; and Chief of Operations, 3rd ROK Army. General Jung also served as Director of Civil and Psychological Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Director of the Policy Planning Bureau, Ministry of National Defense; and Commanding General, Peace and Reconstruction Division (“Zaytun”) in the Multi-National Division-Northeast in Irbil, Iraq. General Jung earned his M.S. in Management from the Graduate School of Yonsei University, and his B.A. from the ROK Military Academy. He also attended the ROK Army Staff College and United States Army War College.
Mr. Sung Jin Kim began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in August 2013. He is Assistant Editor of International News Desk IV for Yonhap News Agency. He has filed news articles in both Korean and English and has experience providing dispatches from North Korea and Jerusalem. He served as an editing member and columnist of the Weekly Journalists Association of Korea. He also served as an executive board member of the association. Mr. Kim contributed to the Saturday broadcast of Weekly International News on KBS 1 Radio from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Kim’s research interests include U.S.-North Korea relations and Northeast Asia. Mr. Kim holds a MBA in finance, banking/strategy, and global management from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management. Mr. Kim received his B.A. in English language and literature from Seoul National University.Publication
Mr. Kwangmook Kim began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in August 2012. Mr. Kim currently serves as Assistant Chief for Budget Analysis at the National Assembly Budget Office, a post he has held since 2014. Previously, he was Staff Director of the Strategy and Finance Committee (2009-2012). Mr. Kim also serves as International Affairs Director of the Korea Public Law Association. He has held a number of posts with the National Assembly Secretariat, serving as Vice Director General of the Inter-Parliamentary Affairs Bureau, Chief of the Protocol Division, and Chief of the Financial Legislation Division. In addition to his posts with the National Assembly, he served as a member of the Advisory Panel for Financial Legislation Research of the Korea Legislation Research Institute. Mr. Kim completed his doctorate at the Graduate School of Law at Seoul National University. He received his M.A. from the Graduate School of Law at Seoul National University and his B.A. in English literature from Sogang University.
Mr. Jae-Kyung Park began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in February 2012. He is a Korean diplomat by profession, with experience in overseas missions at the Korean embassies in Yangon, Myanmar, Belgrade, Serbia, and London, United Kingdom. From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Park was one of the key officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in designing ROK policies in East Asian multilateral diplomacy, including the ASEAN+3, the East Asia Summit, and the ASEAN Regional Forum. Mr. Park’s research interests include U.S.-China relations in East Asia. Mr. Park received his M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2001 and his B.A. from Seoul National University in 1992.Publications
- “China-U.S. Relations in East Asia: Strategic Rivalry and Korea’s Choice,” April, 2013
- “ASEAN Centrality: The Case of RCEP,” November 2012
- “Condemning the Missile Launch and Next Steps,” April 2012
Ambassador Ho-Jin Lee served as a foreign service officer of the ROK for over three decades, and his career has covered the United States, Europe, and East Asia, specializing in the ROK-U.S. alliance, East Asian security, arms control and nonproliferation, and nuclear energy policy. He was most recently the ROK ambassador to Finland (2008-2010), and he has also served as Ambassador to Hungary (2003-2006) and as ranking Ambassador to the United Nations (2001-2003). In a personal capacity, he worked for the UN secretary general as a member of the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament (2004-2008) and as its chairman (2007). Recently, he was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution (Foreign Policy, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies). Ambassador Lee is currently a senior advisor at Yulchon Law Firm in Seoul, Korea.Publication
General Sung-Chool Lee (ROK Army, Ret.) began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in March 2011. A retired general in the ROK, General Lee served as Deputy Commander of ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and Commander of the Ground Component Command following his promotion to Four-Star General in 2008. As the Commanding General, he planned and executed tasks in preparation for transfer of wartime operational control from the United States to the ROK. In 2010, General Lee served as Security Adviser to President Lee Myung-bak on the Presidential Special Security Review Team in the investigation of the March 29 sinking of the Cheonan. General Lee holds a B.A. from the ROK Military Academy and received a MBA from Chonbuk National University. He previously served as commander of the 5th Corps, ROK Army, and as chief director of strategy planning, J5 at ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff.Publication
- “The ROK-U.S. Joint Political and Military Response to North Korean Armed Provocations,” October, 2011
Mr. Ilkwon Kim began his fellowship with the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS in September 2010. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Kim has held numerous positions in the government of the ROK and most recently served as Director of the Program Evaluation Bureau of the National Assembly’s Budget Office and Director of the National Assembly’s Inter-Parliamentary Organization Division. Mr. Kim is the recipient of several awards and honors for his academic achievements and government service. He received a M.A.L.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (2007), an M.A. in national security policy from Korea National Defense University (2001), and a B.A. from Seoul National University (1993).Publications
- “한반도 통일을 향한 접근,” March, 2011
- “China’s Rise, the Changing Northeast Asian Security Environment, and the U.S.-ROK Strategic Response,” December, 2010
- “중국의 부상에 따른 동북아지역 안보환경의 변화와 한국과 미국의 대응 전략,” December, 2010
- “Properly Understanding the U.S.-South Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement,” September, 2010