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WOO Jung-Yeop is a research fellow at the Sejong Institute since 2017. He studied at Seoul National University and Georgetown University and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before joining Sejong, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California and served as a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies from 2010 to 2017. While at Asan, he also served as director of its DC office from 2014 to 2016.
Chaesung Chun is a professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University. Currently, he is the President of the Korean Association of International Studies; Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; a member of the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Defense, ROK Army, and Navy; and Director of the National Security Center of the East Asian Institute. He was a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo from 2017-2018 and 2010-2011 and previously served as Director of the Center for International Studies and Vice President of the Institute of Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University. Dr. Chun received his BA and MA degree from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in the field of International Relations Theory.
Dr. Kuyoun Chung is an assistant professor of Political Science at Kangwon National University. Previously, she was a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at UCLA (2011–2012), visiting professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (2014–2015), and research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification (2015–2018). Currently, she serves on the Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Unification, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and ROK Navy. Dr. Chung is also Executive Director of the International Policy Studies Institute Korea (IpsiKor) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Maritime Security at the Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011.
Dr. Myong-Hyun Go is a senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea. He is also an adjunct professor at the Korea University School of Cybersecurity, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and a Munich Young Leader of the Munich Security Conference 2015. Dr. GO received his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Dr. Jina Kim is a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses and adjunct professor at Yonsei’s Graduate School of International Studies. She is on the Advisory Committee for the Blue House National Security Office, the Policy Evaluation Committee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Advisory Committee for the Ministry of National Unification, and the Public Information Committee of the Blue House. Previously, Dr. Kim served on the Advisory Committee for the ROK-US Combined Forces Command and Policy Evaluation Committee for the Prime Minister’s Office. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Jung Kim is an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Korean Studies (UNKS). Currently, he is also visiting professor at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies and Underwood International College, regional coordinator of the Asia Democracy Research Network, committee chair of the Unification and Security Research Unit of Korean Political Science Association, a research member at Social Science Korea Research, an editorial committee member of Asian Perspective and Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, and a member of the policy advisory committee of ROK’s Ministry of National Defense and Defense Intelligence Agency. Prior to joining UNKS, he was a senior research fellow at the East Asia Institute and the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University, a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo as a Fox International Fellow, research director of the Korean Political Science Association, and public relations director of the Korean Association of International Studies. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Korea University and graduated from Yale University with a doctoral degree in Political Science.
Before joining the Sejong Institute, Dr. Jungsup Kim served for 27 years as a civil servant at the Ministry of National Defense of the ROK government. During this time, he held directing positions for the defense budget, military organization, and international policy. In addition, he served as a staff member of the National Security Council in presidential office for 4 years. Most recently, Dr. Kim was Deputy Minister for Planning and Coordination at the Ministry of National Defense. He graduated from Seoul National University in 1993 and earned his Ph.D in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 2005.
Dr. Wooyeal Paik is an associate professor at Yonsei University’s Department of Political Science and International Studies, deputy director of the Yonsei Institute of North Korean Studies, and head of Yonsei’s BK “Interdisciplinary Political Science Lab” Program. Previously, he served as an assistant professor at the Academy of East Asian Studies and as vice director of Sungkyunkwan University’s Sungkyun Institute of China Studies. Professor PAIK received a B.A. in political science from Yonsei University, a M.Phil. in public and social administration from City University of Hong Kong, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Sungwon Lee is a visiting research fellow at the Sejong Institute. Previously, Dr. Lee served as a research associate at the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Korea (2013-2016). Dr. Lee received his M.A. in International Relations from King’s College London (U.K.) and his Ph.D. in Politics, Languages and International Studies from the University of Bath (U.K.).
Yoona Cho (Yonsei University, Underwood International College)
Jeehye Kim (Yonsei University, Underwood International College)
Minkyoung Kyeong (Seoul National University, Graduate School of International Studies)
Soeun Sim (Seoul National University, Graduate School of International Studies)
Jaiyoung Lee (Korea International School)
Jinyoung Lee (Korea International School)
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