Dr. GO Myong-Hyun is a research fellow in the Risk, Information & Social Policy Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Go was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatry Institute, where he analyzed social networks, complex social interactions over space, and geospatial modeling of disease. His research applies these statistical perspectives to issues of national security to examine the role of mass protests and collective action in South Korean society and the structural stability of North Korea in the face of its failing economy. Dr. Go’s latest publications include “Beyond the UN COI Report on North Korean Human Rights,” (2014), “North Korea as Iran’s Counterfactual: a Comparison of Iran and North Korea Sanctions,” (2013), and “Economic Improvement in North Korea,” (2013). Dr. Go received a B.A. in economics-mathematics and M.A. in statistics from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Dr. BONG Youngshik is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Bong was an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He was also a Freeman Post-doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College and an assistant professor of Korean Studies at Williams College. His research interests include the interplay between nationalism and security issues such as historical and territorial issues in East Asia, anti-Americanism, and the ROK-US Alliance. He is the author of “Past Is Still Present: The San Francisco System and a Multilateral Security Regime in East Asia,” Korea Observer (2010) and co-editor of Japan in Crisis: What It Will Take for Japan to Rise Again? (with T.J. Pempel, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, 2012). Dr. Bong received his B.A. in political science from Yonsei University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.