Latest Activities

From May 27 to June 4, 2016, scholars from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies participated in several forums held in Iran and Lebanon.

On May 29, 2016, Drs. JANG Ji-Hyang, GO Myong-Hyun, and LEE Ki Beom participated in the panel, “New Opportunities and Challenges for Cooperation between Korea and Iran in the Post-Sanctions Era,” at the 4th Korea-Iran Cooperation Forum The Forum was co-organized by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and Iran’s Institute for Trade Studies and Research, and held in Tehran, Iran.

On May 31, 2016, Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang presented on “Comparing the Sanctions Regime of Iran and North Korea” and Dr. GO Myong-Hyun presented on “The Korean Peninsula and Iran after the 2016 Iran Elections,” at the IPIS Roundtable, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and the Jeju Peace Institute in Tehran, Iran.

Dr. Jang also participated in two roundtable events in Lebanon. On June 2, 2016, Dr. Jang joined discussions on “The Arab Spring and Korea,” at The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Jounieh, Lebanon. On June 3, 2016, Dr. Jang participated in a Roundtable on “Low Oil Price and Economy in the Middle East” with the UN Economic Commission for Western Asia (UNECWA) in Beirut, Lebanon.

Date / Time: Friday May 27, 2016 – Saturday June 4, 2016
Venues: Iran and Lebanon

About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Essential Guide to the Middle East (Sigongsa 2023 in Korean), The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008) and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Go Myong-Hyun
Go Myong-Hyun

Center for Foreign Policy and National Security

Dr. GO Myong-Hyun is a senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Go was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatry Institute. His research applies quantitative perspectives to traditional and non-traditional security issues, with special focus on North Korea, sanctions enforcement, and security and strategic dimensions of technology. Dr. Go’s latest publications include “Not Under Pressure: How Pressure Leaked of North Korea Sanctions” (2020) and “The Rise of Phantom Traders: Russian Oil Exports to North Korea” (2018). Dr. Go received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University in the City of New York, and the Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California. He was a Munich Young Leader of the Munich Security Conference 2015, and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the ROK Ministry of National Defense, a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Lee Ki Beom
Lee Ki Beom

Center for Public International Law, Publication Department

Dr. LEE Ki Beom is a research fellow of the Center for Public International Law at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He obtained his LL.B. degree at the College of Law, Yonsei University, his LL.M. degree at The Graduate School, Yonsei University and his Ph.D. degree at the School of Law, The University of Edinburgh. Dr. Lee had taught public international law at Yonsei University, Seoul National University, The Catholic University of Korea, Kwangwoon University and Chonbuk National University. His research interests include maritime boundary delimitation, international dispute settlement, territorial issues, international institutional law and sanctions in international law. The title of his Ph.D. thesis is “The Demise of Equitable Principles and the Rise of Relevant Circumstances in Maritime Boundary Delimitation”.