Dr. J. James KIM is the director of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and senior fellow of the Center for American Politics and Policy at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul). He is also a lecturer in the Executive Master of Public Administration program at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Kim was an assistant professor of political science at the California State Polytechnic University (Pomona). He also served as a summer research associate at the RAND Corporation and as a statistical consultant for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Planning at the School of International and Public Affairs in Columbia University. His primary research interests include political economy, energy, security, public opinion, democracy, methodology, and media. Dr. Kim received a B.S. and M.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Professor Park Won Gon is Visiting Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He completed courses at Yonsei University in Korea and received a bachelor's degree in political science from Southwest Baptist University in U.S. Then, he obtained a master's degree in political science from Boston College. He received a doctorate in the Department of International Relations from Seoul National University.
From 1995 to 2013, Professor Park worked as a research fellow of the Center for Security and Strategy at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses. He is currently a professor of International Studies of the School of International Studies, Languages, and Literature at Handong Global University, where he joined in 2013. Professor Park has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the National Intelligence Service, Ministry of National Unification, and Ministry of National Defense. Currently, he serves as a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His most recent publications in the past 3 years include "Changes in US-China Relations and Korea’s Strategy: Security Perspective," (2019); “Trump Administration’s External Policy and Indo-Pacific Strategy” (2019); “Carter’s Human Right Policy and ROK-US Relations” (2019); “Roadmap for Future ROK-US Alliance” (2018); co-author, “Analysis of Trump Administration’s Security and Defense Policy and its implication for ROK-US Alliance” (2017); co-author, “New US Administration’s Defense Strategy: 3rd Offset Strategy” (2017).