Founder & Honorary Chairman

Chung Mong Joon

Dr. M.J. Chung

Dr. M.J. CHUNG is the founder and honorary chairman of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.


He is also the chairman of the board of trustees of the Asan Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in Korea, and the honorary chairman of Ulsan University. In 2011, he launched the Asan Nanum (˝sharing˝) Foundation which seeks to foster entrepreneurship among young Koreans.


Dr. Chung served seven terms in the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. He was chairman of the Grand National Party (Ruling Party) from 2009-2010, and was a presidential candidate in 2002. He served as vice president of FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), and as co-chairman of the Korean Organizing Committee for the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup.


Dr. Chung received his B.A. in economics from Seoul National University, an M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University.



The Promise of Liberal Democracy, The Promise of Market Economy, The Promise of Fair Society (Midasbooks Publishers, 2012)
Conversations with Leaders (Prume Publishers, 2012)
My Challenges, My Passions (Gimm-Young Publishers, Inc., 2011)
This I Say To Japan (Gimm-Young Publishers, Inc., 2001)
The government-business relationship of Japan (The Korean Economy Daily, 1995)
Business ideology (University of Ulsan Press, 1982)



“Dealing with Nuclear North Korea: South Korea’s Option”, a Paper posted on M. J.’s blog January 31, 2016 and February 14, 2016
“East Asian Geopolitics: A Korean Perspective”, a Speech delivered at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, May 15, 2015
“Thinking the Unthinkable on the Korean Peninsula Ⅱ: Nuclear North Korea & Reunification, a Speech delivered at the Dean’s Forum, the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., January 30, 2014
“Nuclear North Korea and National Security”, a Speech delivered during an interpellation session on Foreign Affairs, Unification, and National Security at the National Assembly, November 20, 2013
“Thinking the Unthinkable on the Korean Peninsula”, a Keynote delivered at the 2013 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, Washington, D.C., April 9, 2013
“Korea’s New Security Paradigm”, a Lecture delivered at the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, March 29, 2011
“Issues on Korea – American Economic Cooperation”, a Paper presented at the Conference on Peace and Prosperity on North-East Asia, Center of Strategic and International Studies(CSIS), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., April, 1984



 Han Sung Joo

Han Sung-Joo

Han Sung-Joo is a Professor Emeritus at Korea University. Prof. Han previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-94), UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (1996-97), a member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide (1999), Chairman of the East Asia Vision Group (2000-2001), Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States (2003-2005), and Acting President of Korea University (2002, 2006-2007)


Prof. Han is a graduate of Seoul National University (1962) and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1970). Previously, he taught at City University of New York (1970-78) and was a visiting Professor at Columbia University (1986-87) and Stanford University (1992, 1995). He was also a Distinguished Fellow at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (1986-87).


His English publications include Korean Diplomacy in an Era of Globalization (1995), Korea in a Changing World (1995), Changing Values in Asia (1999), and ON THE BRINK (A Korean Diplomat’s Journey for Peace) (2018). He has many publications in Korean, including Nam Gwa Puk, kurigo Sekye (The Two Koreas and the World) (2000).


Board of Trustees

Lee Hong-Koo

Chairman, Seoul Forum for International Affairs; Former Prime Minister, Republic of Korea

Lee Joon-gyu

Chairman, Korean Council on Foreign Relations; Former Korean Ambassador to Japan

Wi Sung-lac

Former Korean Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Former Chief Nuclear Envoy to the Six-Party Talks, Republic of Korea

Jung Seung-Jo

Chairman, Korea-US Alliance Foundation; Former Chairman R.O.K joint Chiefs of Staff

Ahn Ho-Young

President, University of North Korean Studies, Former Korean Ambassador to the United States

Lee Sook Jong

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Sung Kyun Kwan University

Cheong Young-Rok

Professor of Economic Development, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

Kim Sung-han

Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University;
Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea

Lee Chulwoo

Professor of Law, Yonsei University

Park Cheol-Hee

Professor of Japanese Politics, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

Park Sung Hee

Professor, Department of Communications and Media, Ewha Womans University

Hong Yong Pyo

Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Hanyang University;
Former Minister, Ministry of Unification, Republic of Korea

Lee Keun-Gwan

Professor of International Law, Seoul National University

Kim Chunsoo (Auditor)

Executive Director, Samdo Accounting Firm

Oh Se heon (Auditor)

President, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering

International Advisory Board

Edwin J. Feulner

Heritage Foundation

George Packard

United States-Japan Foundation

Guy Sorman


John Chipman

International Institute for Strategic Studies

Karl Kaiser

Harvard University

Michael Armacost

Asia Foundation

Michael J. Sandel

Harvard University

Paul Wolfowitz

U.S.-Taiwan Business Council; American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Victoria Curzon-Price

University of Geneva

Wang Jisi

Peking University

Yoriko Kawaguchi

General Assembly of Liberal Democratic Party Members in the House of Councillors