Upcoming Events

Asan Seminar

The ROK-US Alliance:
Facing Missile and Nuclear Threats on the Korean Peninsula

 Hosted by
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC Office

Date / Time: Monday, June 8, 2015 / 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW-8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036
Contact: Ms. Eileen Block (asaninstdc@asaninst.org)

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Choi Kang
Vice President for Research
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Thomas Karako
Senior Fellow, International Security Program
Director, Missile Defense Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Woo Jung-Yeop
Research Fellow and Director, Washington, D.C. Office
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies


Speaker Biographies

Choi Kang is the Vice President for Research and the Director of the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, he was the Dean of Planning and Assessment at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, Professor and Director General for American Studies at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security, Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, and Senior Director for Policy Planning and Coordination on the National Security Council Secretariat. Dr. Choi was also a South Korean delegate to the Four-Party Talks. Dr. Choi writes extensively on the ROK-US alliance, North Korean military affairs, inter-Korean relations, crisis management, and multilateral security cooperation. He received his B.A. from Kyung Hee University, M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University.

Thomas Karako is a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he arrived in 2014 as a fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues. His research focuses on national security, U.S. nuclear forces, missile defense, and public law. He is also an assistant professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College, where he arrived in 2009. For 2010–2011, he was selected to be an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, during which time he worked with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO. Karako received his Ph.D. in politics and policy from Claremont Graduate University and his B.A. from the University of Dallas. He previously taught national security policy, American government, and constitutional law at Claremont McKenna College and California State University, San Bernardino. He has also written on executive-congressional relations, the thought of Niccolo Machiavelli, and international executive agreements.

Woo Jung-Yeop is a research fellow and director of the Washington, D.C. Office at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Woo was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California and an Associate Analyst for Gallup Korea and the Korea Research Company. His research focuses on foreign military intervention in civil wars and the relationship between foreign policy-making and public opinion. He received a B.A. from Seoul National University, M.P.P. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.