Experts

Choi Kang

Choi Kang

Vice President, Research; Principle Fellow; Director of the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security

Areas of Expertise  : ROK-US alliance, North Korean military affairs, inter-Korean relations, crisis management, multilateral security cooperation.

Biography

Dr. CHOI Kang is the vice president for research, a principle follow 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. He holds several advisory board memberships including: the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification of the National Assembly; Ministry of National Defense; Ministry of Unification; Air Force Development Committee; and the National Unification Advisory Council. Dr. Choi was also a South Korean delegate to the Four-Party Talks. He writes extensively on the ROK-US alliance, North Korean military affairs, inter-Korean relations, crisis management, and multilateral security cooperation. Dr. Choi received his B.A. from Kyunghee University, M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University.

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Political Science, the Ohio State University (1985~1991)
M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984~1985)
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Kyunghee University (1979 ~ 1983)

Professional Background

Current Positions
Vice President for Research, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies (2013–Present)
Chairman, Non-proliferation Forum (2010–Present)
Member, The National Unification Advisory Council (2010–Present)
Member, Advisory Board, Ministry of Unification (2010–Present)
Member, Advisory Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013–Present)


Previous occupation
Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University (1987–1991)
Associate Research Fellow & Director of International Arms Control Studies, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (1992–1998)
Senior Director for Policy Planning, National Security Council Secretariat (1998–2000)
Senior Director for Policy Planning and Coordination, National Security Council Secretariat (2000–2002)
Chief Executive Officer for Task Force for Current Defense Issues, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (2002–2005)
Member, Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative (2003–2005)
Consultant, Secretariat for Inter-Korean Dialogue (2005–2006)
Member, Board of Directors, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP) Korea (2007–2010)
Member, Advisory Board, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification, National Assembly (2008–2010)
Member, Internal Evaluation Board, Ministry of National Defense (2009–2010)
Professor and Director-General for American Studies, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (2008–2012)
Chairman, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP) Korea (2010–2012)
President, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (2012)
Dean of Planning and Assessment, Korea National Diplomatic Academy (2012–2013)