Dr. Bong is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Center for Foreign Policy at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Before joining the Asan Institute, Dr. Bong was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service; a Freeman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College; and an Assistant Professor of Korean Studies at Williams College. His research focuses on the interplay between nationalism and security issues including island disputes in Asia, anti-Americanism, and the ROK-U.S. alliance. His most recent publications include “In Search of the Perfect Apology: Korea’s Responses to the Murayama Statement,” in Japan and Reconciliation in Post-war Asia: The Murayama Statement and Its Implications (Kazuhiko Togo, ed., New York: Palgrave Pivot, 2012), and “Past Is Still Present: The San Francisco System and a Multilateral Security Regime in East Asia,” Korea Observer (2010). He is also a co-editor of Japan in Crisis: What It Will Take for Japan to Rise Again? (with T. J. Pempel, Seoul, Korea: The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, 2012). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies