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    BALLABIO, Roberta

    Roberta Ballabio is Programme Officer at the Landau network –Centro Volta, an Italian think tank based in Como. She holds an MA degree in Political Sciences (international relations) at the Statale University of Milan and an MA in Analysis and Management of Development Projects. She worked in international cooperation on the field in Africa, Latin America and Asia on projects concerning capacity building, local empowerment and integrated development and carried out research programs on social and economic issues. At Landau she is responsible for projects with special focus on resources management, water and food security in the Middle East region. Since 2007 she follows the Korean peninsula security program. She collaborates with some Italian magazines of geopolitics and is consultant on short missions for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She can be reached at roberta.ballabio@centrovolta.it

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    CHUN, Chaesung

    Chaesung Chun is an associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, and an associate dean of College of Social Sciences in Seoul National University. He is a director of Asian Security Initiative of East Asian Institute. He is also a member of Advisory Committee for Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and National Security, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is one of the members of Presidential Council of Future and Planning. He received his MA degree from the Seoul National University, and Ph.D degree from Northwestern University in the field of International Relations Theory. Major articles include “Theoretical Approaches to Alliance: Implications on the R.O.K.-U.S. Alliance,” “The Cold War and Its Transition for Koreans: Their Meaning from A Constructivist Viewpoint,” and “Hans Morgenthau on Realist Normative theory, Cold War Structure, and some implications on inter-Korean Relations”

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    EASLEY, Leif-Eric

    Leif-Eric Easley is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in East Asia international relations at the Harvard University Department of Government. His dissertation presents a theory of national identity, government-to-government trust, and security cooperation applied to relations among Japan, Korea, China and the United States. Mr. Easley's research includes extensive fieldwork in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California's Korean Studies Institute, and a Kelly Fellow with the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and Inter- national Studies (CSIS). Mr. Easley completed his BA in Political Science with a minor in mathematics at UCLA where he graduated summa cum laude and senior of the year with a thesis on Theater Missile Defense in East Asia. He was a long-time affiliate of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and was Japan area editor for the Harvard Asia Quarterly. He served as a teaching fellow at Harvard in the subjects of East Asia International Relations and American Foreign Policy and received an outstanding teaching award.

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    FOOT, Rosemary

    Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia, St Antony's College, University of Oxford where she teaches predominantly on the International Relations postgraduate programme. Foot is also an elected Fellow of the British Academy. She is the author or co-editor of several books, most of which are reflected in her primary research interests which include, security relations in the Asia-Pacific, aspects of US-China relations, as well as the relationship between human rights and human security policies in Asia and beyond. In press with a co-author (Andrew Walter from the LSE) is a book entitled, China, the United States, and Global Order, (Cambridge University Press).


    © Barbara Mair

    Rudiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Vice Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Korea University and the University of North Korean Studies (Kyungnam University) in Seoul. He holds an M.A. in Korean Studies, Economics and International Relations and a Ph.D. in Economics. In 1991/1992, he spent one semester as a language student at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang and has been researching North Korea ever since. Visiting Professorships included Columbia University New York and Korea University Seoul. He is a Council member and for the 2011-2013 period the Secretary of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE). He is Deputy Chief Editor of the A-ranked European Journal of East Asian Studies, co-editor of the annual book “Korea: Politics, Economy and Society” (Brill), Member of the Editorial Board for the book series “Brill’s Korean Studies Library”, an Associate at “The Asia Pacific Journal”, Member of the Editorial Board of “Korea Review of International Studies”, Co-Founder and Member of the Editorial Board, “Vienna Graduate Journal of East Asian Studies” and “Vienna Studies on East Asia”. His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds.) “Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia” (Vienna: Praesens 2010) and (ed.): “Exploring North Korean Arts” (Nuremberg: Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst). Prof. Frank is regularly consulted by governments, media and businesses on North Korea and East Asia. Most recently, this included consultancy work and a background policy paper for The Elders in preparation for the visit by President Martti Ahtisaari, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, President Jimmy Carter and President Mary Robinson to the Korean Peninsula and China. In June 2011, he joined the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Korea. 


    GILSON, Julie

    Julie Gilson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. She has worked on Japanese foreign policy, East Asian regionalism, and Asia-Europe relations, and her current interest is in civil society and transnational advocacy in East Asia. Her publications include Asia Meets Europe (Edward Elgar) and the co- authored Japan's International Relations (Routledge).



    HOARE, Jim

    Dr J E (Jim) Hoare (b.1943), has a PhD in Japanese history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and joined the Research Analysts of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969. He worked mainly on China and Korea, and was posted to the British Embassy Seoul (1981-95) and Beijing (1988-91). Following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) in December 2000, he became the first British representative in Pyongyang from May 2001- October 2002. Since his retirement in January 2003, he has regularly written and broadcast about North Korea, and is currently teaching a course on the subject at SOAS. Among his books are Uninvited Guests in Japan (1994) and Embassies in the East (1999), and several books on Korea with his wife, Susan Pares. He is also one of the co-editors of the Korea Yearbook, published by Brill.


    JIN Canrong

    Dr. Jin Canrong is a professor and Associate Dean with the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China. He is also a visiting professor at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and the “Weilun” Chair Professor at Tsinghua University. His edu- cation background includes a BA from Shanghai Fudan University in political science, a MA from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and a PhD from the School of International Studies at Peking University. Before joining Renmin University, he worked for the Institute of American Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) from 1987 to 2002. He has travelled to over 20 countries or regions so far. His studies focus on American politics (US Congress in particular), American foreign policy, Sino-US relations and China’s foreign policy and his main publications include 50 academic papers, 7 books and 5 translated books, including Lib- eral Tradition in America by Louis Hart; Between Hope and History by President Bill Clinton and Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger. As the first columnist in international politics in the mainland China, Dr. Jin wrote for the column of “Focusing on America” on World Affairs (a half- monthly), from 1995 to 1998. His social positions include: Vice President of China National Asso- ciation of International Studies; Vice President, the Pacific Society of China; Adviser of the policy planning office at the National People’s Congress; Standing Councillor of China Reform Forum, etc.

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    KANG, David C.

    David C. Kang is Professor at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. His latest book, East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute, will be published by Columbia University Press in October 2010. Kang is also author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003). Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, as well as opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous Korean and Chinese newspapers. Kang is also a regular consultant for both multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies. Professor Kang was previously Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Yale University, Seoul National University, Korea University, and the University of Geneva. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.

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    MOON Chung-in

    Chung-in Moon is Professor of political science at Yonsei University and editor-in-chief of Global Asia, a quarterly magazine in English. He served as Dean of Yonsei’s Graduate School of International Studies, Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post. He has published over 40 books and 230 articles in edited volumes and such scholarly journals as World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and the World Development. His recent publications include The United States and Northeast Asia: Issues, Debates, and New Order (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), co-edited with John Ikenberry, Handbook of Korean Unification, Arms Control on the Korean Peninsula, War and Peace in Asia, and Ending the Cold War in Korea. He attended the 2000 and 2007 North-South Korean summit as a special delegate. Dr. Moon served as a long-time policy advisor to South Korean government agencies such as the National Security Council of the Office of the President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Unification, and the National Intelligence Service. He was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. He served as Vice President of the International Studies Association (ISA) of North America and president of the Korea Peace Research Association. He is currently a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), the Institute of International Strategic Studies (London), and fellow of the Club of Madrid. He is an ARF-EEP representing South Korea and served as co-chair of the first and second AFR-EEPs meetings in June 2006 and February 2007. He is a board member of the Korea Foundation, the Sejong Foundation, the East Asia Foundation, and the International Peace Foundation.


    MUNRO, Colin A.

    Colin A. Munro, former Ambassador and currently free lance international affairs consultant, served as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) (2003-08). He was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh University (Modern languages) and King's College London (International Studies). His former posts include First Secretary of the Defence Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) (1977-79) where he was responsible for defence policy outside the NATO area, Private Secretary to Minister of State (Peter, later Lord Blaker) 1979-80, and Head of Chancery in Bucharest (1981-82). He also served as Deputy Head of Mission in East Berlin (1987-90) and as HM Consul General in Frankfurt am Main/Germany (1990-93). In 1993-97, he was Head of OSCE/Council of Europe Department at FCO. He led the OSCE Election Observation Mission in Bulgaria in 2009 and was observer/analyst at elections in Croatia, Armenia, and Montenegro, 2007-08. He is specialized in countries in transition in central, eastern and south eastern Europe and the FSU, human rights, and security policy. Colin A. Munro is the author of several articles published by the Prince Albert Society, Vienna University Peace Research Institute, and the German Historical Institute in London.

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    NOESSELT, Nele

    Dr. Nele Noesselt is assistant professor at the Department of East Asian Studies / Sinology at the University of Göttingen (Germany). She studied Sinology, Political Science and Japanese in Heidelberg, Beijing and Vienna. Recent publications include a study on Sino-EU relations (The EU's relations to China and Taiwan, 2008) and a monograph on Chinese models of world order and theories of international politics (Alternative models of world order: IR debates in China, 2010). Her current research projects focus on modes of post-socialist transitions in East Asia, transformation and adaption of the Chinese party-state, as well as governance issues in China. She can be reached at nele.noesselt@phil.uni-goettingen.de.

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    PAIK Haksoon

    Dr. Haksoon Paik is a Senior Fellow, the Director of Inter-Korean Relations Studies Program, and the Director of the Centre for North Korean Studies at the Sejong Institute in Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He is currently a member of the South Korean Unification Ministry’s Committee for the Development of Inter-Korean Relations, a policy advisor to South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a policy advisor to South Korea’s National Assembly's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification, and also an advisor to the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center. He is the Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC), and the Vice President of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies. He was formerly the Chairman of the Unification Policy Committee of South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, and the Chairman of the Ministry’s Policy Evaluation Committee. He also served as the Executive Director of the Seoul-Washington Forum, a news commentator for the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), and the Vice President of the Korean Political Science Association. He has written extensively on North Korean politics, inter-Korean relations, Korean unification, and North Korea-U.S. relations. He is author of The History of Power in North Korea: Ideas, Identities, and Structure (forthcoming) (in Korean) and co-author and co-editor of North Korea in Distress: Confronting Domestic and External Challenges (2008). He can be reached at hspaik@sejong.org.

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    PARK Sung-Hoon

    Dr. Sung-Hoon Park is Professor of Economics and International Trade at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University since 1997. He has served Vice President for Planning and Budget of Korea University during the period of March 2007 – January 2008, as well. He has held a number visiting professorships at renowned universities around the world, such as Macau Institute of European Studies (2000 – now), Ritsumeikan University (2003) and ASEF University (2000, 2004), etc. For 2003/2004 academic year, Professor Park was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholarship to the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at University of California, San Diego, United States. For the entire year of 2007, Professor Park was President of Korea Association of Trade and Industry Studies (KATIS), and has served President of EU Studies Association of Korea (EUSA) for 2009. Since January 2007, he has been working as Director of the EU Research Center, Korea University, as well.

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    SMITH, Hazel

    Hazel Smith is Professor of Security and Resilience and Head of the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University. She was previously Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick (1998- 2009) and prior to that worked at the University of Kent as Director of the London centre of International Relations. Prof. Smith received her PhD from the London School of Economics in 1992 and was a Fulbright scholar and visiting fellow at Stanford University in 1994/95. Between 2000 and 2001 she was on research leave in the DPR Korea (North Korea) working for the United Nations World Food Programme. She was awarded the internationally competitive Jennings Randolph Visiting Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Her most recent works on the DPRK include Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in North Korea (Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2005) and Reconstituting Korean Security: A Policy Primer (Tokyo/ New York, United Nations University press, 2007).


    SNYDER, Scott

    Scott Snyder is Director of the Centre for U.S.-Korea Policy at The Asia Foundation and a Senior Associate at Pacific Forum CSIS. He is also the Adjunct Senior Fellow for Korean Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is based in Washington, DC. He lived in Seoul, South Korea as Korea Representative of The Asia Foundation during 2000-2004. Previously, he served as a Program Officer in the Research and Studies Program of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and as Acting Director of The Asia Society's Contemporary Affairs Program. His latest book, China’s Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security, was published by Lynne Rienner in 2009. His publications include Paved With Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea (2003), co-edited with L. Gordon Flake and Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behaviour (1999). Snyder received his B.A. from Rice University and an M.A. from the Regional Studies East Asia Program at Harvard University. He was the recipient of a Pantech Visiting Fellowship at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Centre during 2005-2006, received an Abe Fellowship, administered by the Social Sciences Research Council, in 1998-99, and was a Thomas G. Watson Fellow at Yonsei University in South Korea in 1987-88.

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    John Swenson-Wright is the Fuji Bank University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. A graduate of Oxford University and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC, he has a D.Phil. in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His early research focused on early Cold War US-Japan foreign and security relations and was published as Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Towards Japan, 1945-1960 by Stanford University Press in March 2005. In addition, he is the editor of a translation of the memoirs of Wakaizumi Kei, detailing the politics and diplomacy surrounding the reversion of Okinawa to Japan from the United States, entitled, The Best Course Available. A Personal Account of the Secret US- Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations (University of Hawai Press, 2002). His current interest focuses on contemporary political and security interests in Northeast Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. He writes and comments regularly on East Asian affairs, and has been a visiting research fellow at Yonsei University, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) in Seoul, Tohoku University, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo, and most recently at Seoul National University (SNU). In addition to his work at Cambridge, he is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, where he convenes a research and discussion group on contemporary Korea.


    TOLORAYA, Georgy

    Georgy Toloraya is Director of Korean Research programs at the Institute of Economy of the Russian Academy of Science. He is a diplomat (rank of Minister) with decades-long experience in Korean affairs, serving two postings in North Korea (1977-80 and 1984-7), then in South Korea as a Deputy Chief of the Russian Embassy (1993-8) and later as the senior Russian Foreign Ministry official (Deputy Director-General) in charge of the Korean Peninsula (1998-2003). He also worked as Consul General of Russia in Australia (2003-2007). Before he had worked for trade promotion agencies related to Korea. He also pursued a successful scholarly career, having graduated from MGIMO (Moscow University of International Relations in 1978) earning a Doctor of Economy in 1984 and Full Professor degree in Oriental studies in 2002. He has published many articles and books on East Asia, collaborated as a part-time researcher with noted Russian academic institutes, including the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) and taught at the MGIMO. In 2007-2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. He now also works for the “Russkiy Mir” (Russian World) Presidential Foundation in Moscow as department chief in charge of Asia and is the national coordinator for CSCAP Russia.




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