Choi Hyeonjung

Choi Hyeonjung

Senior Fellow

Center for Foreign Policy and National Security

Areas of Expertise  : Climate change, green growth and sustainable development, new growth engines, East Asian developmental state model and industrial policy, national future strategy.


Dr. CHOI Hyeonjung is a Senior Fellow of Center for Foreign Policy and National Security concurrently serves as the Director of the Publication and Communications Department at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He is also an adjunct professor of sustainable development and cooperation at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. Previously, Dr. Choi was the Deputy Secretary for Green Growth and the Assistant Secretary for National Agenda at the Presidential Office of ROK. Dr. Choi also worked as a policy research fellow in the 17th Presidential Transition Committee. Prior to the public service positions, he was a research scholar at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, Japan, and full-time instructor at the Korean Air Force Academy. Dr. Choi’s areas of research interest include national future strategy; climate change and sustainable development; renewable energy and green economy; international development assistance and cooperation; and non-traditional threats and human security. Dr. Choi received his B.A. and M.A. from Yonsei University and his Ph.D. in political economy from Purdue University, and he has been the recipient of the Order of National Service Merit and two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards.

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Political Science, Purdue University (1998-2005)
M.A. in Political Science, Yonsei University (1992-1994)
B.A. in Political Science & Diplomacy, Yonsei University (1988-1992)

Professional Background

Research Fellow, Woori Finance Research Institute (2013)
Deputy Secretary to the President for Green Growth, Office of the ROK President (2010-2013)
Assistant Secretary to the President for National Agenda, Office of the ROK President (2008-2010)
Policy Research Fellow, the 17th Presidential Transition Committee (2008)
Research Fellow, Future Thinknet (2007)
Research Scholar, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo (2003-2004)
Full-time Instructor, Department of National Security, Korea Air Force Academy (1995-1998)