International Institute of Korean Studies

Working Papers

  • IKSU working papers publish online the results of research on Korea by global leaders in their field – including scholars, policy analysts and journalists. The first set of IKSU papers deals with Korean security – in the broadest sense – from nuclear matters to nutrition.

Tania Branigan

Institution: The Guardian

Tania Branigan has been The Guardian’s Beijing-based correspondent since 2008, covering China, North Korea and other countries in the region. She has worked for The Guardian for 14 years, previously as a national news correspondent and political correspondent. She began her career on the Manchester Evening News. She has also worked for The Australian and spent three months working for the Washington Post as the 2003 Laurence Stern Fellow.

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Frederick F. Carriere

Institution: Syracuse University

Frederick F. Carriere is Research Professor in the Department of Political Science, Syracuse University and Pacific Century Institute Senior Fellow. Fred Carriere’s professional experience is entirely Korea-related, including a 15 year (1994-2009) stint as executive vice president of The Korea Society in New York City. Previously, Carriere lived in South Korea for a period of over 20 years (1969-1993). During those years he was employed by the Korea Fulbright Commission (Korean-American Educational Commission), initially as its educational counselling officer (1979-1983) and later as its executive director (1984-1993). In the latter role, Carriere also facilitated the activities of the East West Center, the Humphrey Fellowship Program and the Educational Testing Service in Korea. Additionally, he was a councillor of the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch for over a decade and served as its president for two years (1989-1991). Other relevant professional activities from an earlier period in Korea included being an instructor in the overseas division of the University of Maryland (1980-1982) and a consultant/translator from Korean to English for the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (1977-1980). More recently, since 1994, Carriere has been involved in promoting engagement with North Korea in various capacities, including an appointment as a consulting professor in the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University from 2013. In his current position at Syracuse University, Carriere is managing the secretariat of the U.S.-D.P.R.K. Scientific Engagement Consortium.

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Dr. Danielle Chubb

Institution: Deakin University

Dr. Danielle Chubb lectures in International Relations at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). Previously, she has worked at the security studies think tank Pacific Forum CSIS, Hawaii Pacific University and The Australian National University. Danielle’s first book, Contentious activism and inter-Korean relations, was published in 2014 with Columbia University Press.

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Dr. Henry Em

Institution: Underwood International College, Yonsei University

Dr. Henry Em is Associate Professor of Korean history in the Asian Studies Division of Underwood International College, Yonsei University. He received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 1995. Before teaching at Yonsei in 2013, from 1995 through 2012, Dr. Em was Assistant Professor at UCLA and University of Michigan, and Associate Professor at NYU. Dr. Em was Fulbright Senior Scholar to Korea (1998-1999), and Visiting Professor at Centre de Recherches sur la Corée, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (2000). His recent publications include The Great Enterprise: Sovereignty and Historiography in Modern Korea (Duke University Press, 2013), and ‘Historians and History Writing in Modern Korea’, Oxford History of Historical Writing, Vol. 5, edited by Axel Schneider and Daniel Woolf (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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Professor Rüdiger Frank

Institution: University of Vienna

Professor Rüdiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna and Head of its Department of East Asian Studies. He holds a MA in Korean Studies, Economics and International Relations and a PhD in Economics. He has been researching North Korea ever since he spent one semester as a language student at Kim II Sung University in Pyongyang in 1991-1992.

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Dr. Kevin Gray

Institution: University of Sussex)

Dr. Kevin Gray is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalization (Routledge, 2008); Labour and Development in East Asia: Social Forces and Passive Revolution (Routledge, 2014); and co-editor of (with Barry Gills) People Power in an era of global crisis: rebellion, resistance and liberation (Routledge, 2012), and (with Craig N. Murphy) Rising Powers and the Future of Global Governance (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Gray is the Assistant Editor of the journal Globalizations and co-editor of Routledge’s Rethinking Globalization book series.

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Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk

Institution: Aston University

Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk is Lecturer of International Relations and the Postgraduate Programmes Director for Politics and International Relations at Aston University, having previously worked as Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, where she also led the MA International Relations course. Previously she was a tutor in Politics at the University of Surrey. Prior to coming to the United Kingdom, Virginie held appointments at George Washington University and Lafayette College in the United States, as well as at Victoria University in New Zealand. Her research agenda focuses on Northeast Asia and especially North Korea’s relationship with the international community and therefore bisects International Relations Theory, Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, International Negotiation, International Security, Foreign Policy, Non-Proliferation, Rogue States, Multilateral Security Institutions, and International Organization. Dr. Grzelczyk’s recent publications include ‘New Approaches to North Korean Politics after Reunification: The Search for a Common Korean Identity’, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 47, No. 2, 2014. She is currently writing a monograph for Palgrave entitled North Korea’s New Diplomacy: Challenging Political Isolation in the 21st Century, to be published in 2015.

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Dr. Suzy Kim

Institution: Rutgers University

Dr. Suzy Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Kim received her PhD in History from the University of Chicago. Her book Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 was published by Cornell University Press in 2013. Her teaching and research interests focus on modern Korean history with particular attention to social and cultural history, gender studies, and social theory.

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Professor Yong-Ho Kim

Institution: Yonsei University)

Professor Yong-Ho Kim holds a PhD from Columbia University (1992) and is Professor of Political Science at Yonsei University and the Director of Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies (YINKS). Before holding the directorship of YINKS, Dr. Kim was Director of Yonsei Leadership Center, Associate Dean for the College of Social Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science. Before joining Yonsei, he worked for the Korea Institute for National Unification and JoongangIlbo. Professor Kim was a regular commentator to KBS morning news. He is the author of North Korean Foreign Policy: Security Dilemma and Succession (Lexington Books, 2011), three books in Korean and many articles in journals including Asian Survey, Asian Perspective and Issues and Studies. Professor Kim is writing a book on National Security and the Media in South Korea. He is a member of the Presidential Committee on Unification Preparation and regularly advises the Minister of Unification.

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Jean H. Lee

Institution: Associated Press

Jean H. Lee is a Seoul-based foreign correspondent for the Associated Press (AP). Lee led the news agency’s coverage of the Korean peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. During her tenure, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau – the first Western text/photo news bureau based in the North Korean capital. An active user of social media in her North Korea reporting, Lee (@newsjean) has been included for two years on Foreign Policy magazine’s Twitterati 100 for tweeting from Pyongyang, and in 2013 was the first person to tweet and post an image to Instagram from Pyongyang using a smartphone.

AP’s coverage of Kim Jong II’s 2011 death earned an honourable mention in the deadline reporting category of the 2012 Associated Press Media Editors awards for journalism in the United States and Canada. Lee also won an Online Journalism Award in 2013 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature reporting in 2013. Lee continues to travel to North Korea, and currently is working on a North Korea reporting project as Fellow with the Alicia Patterson Foundation. During her career as a foreign correspondent, Lee has covered stories in Africa, Europe, South America, the United States and Asia. She is a native of Minneapolis - Minnesota, and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Columbia University in New York.

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Jungmin Lee

Ms Lee is an associate lecturer in Korean language and culture at UCLan. She has ten years of experience teaching Korean as a second language to university students. Prior to joining UCLan, she has taught at Kyoungin Women’s University and Yongin University. She has also worked to develop and modernise Korean language curricula. Her main interests include: bilingual education, student motivation in foreign languages and textbook design.

  • Job Application Task-based Teaching Design for Korean as a Second Language (.pdf, 1MB) 
    Task-based language teaching can be a useful approach to second language learners. It allows for students to integrate their learning through practical usage, as the tasks can illustrate learning outcomes. This paper shows an example of applying for a job in Korean Language modules. The tasks are arranged sequentially, over an eight week period, with time for student reflection. The students write their CVs and covering letters based on real job adverts. They then turn those in to the instructor to check for grammar, tone formality and word usage. During this time, the students write reflections on their potential careers and the application process. The instructor then hands back the assignment with feedback. The students then rework the assignment based on the feedback and their reflections. This allows for student engagement with the assignment. The language skills being taught through the lesson are enforced by the practical skills that students seem eager to learn.


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Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool


Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool was a Member of the House of Commons for over 18 years and since leaving party politics in 1997, Lord Alton has been an Independent member of the House of Lords. Lord Alton has served in British public life since his election in 1972, while still a student, to Liverpool City Council, and in 1979 became Britain’s youngest MP. He was elected President of the National League of Young Liberals and was his former party’s Chief Whip and Spokesman on Home Affairs, International Development and Northern Ireland.

An educationalist, Lord Alton taught for seven years and since 1997 has been Professor of Citizenship and Director of the Roscoe Foundation for Citizenship at Liverpool John Moore’s University. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of St. Andrews and is the author of 11 books, the most recent of which is Building Bridge: Is there hope for North Korea? For the past 10 years at Westminster, Lord Alton has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Committee on North Korea – which he has visited four times – and was a founder of the Jubilee Campaign. He is a Patron or Trustee of several charities and voluntary organisations. He has received international awards for his work on human rights. He is married to Lizzie and they have a daughter and three sons. His full biography is at


  • Conference Address (.pdf 144KB)
    Korea Security Conference, International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), 15-17 October 2014

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Dr. Alexandre Mansourov

Institution: Johns Hopkins University 

Dr. Alexandre Mansourov is Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., Visiting Scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, and founding member of U.S. National Committee on North Korea. He is an international relations specialist with broad expertise in military assessments, WMD proliferation, and national security research, leadership and political analysis, cross-national socio-economic trend analysis, research on religious and inter-faith issues, energy and human security in the Asia-Pacific region, Eurasia, Central Asia, Caucasus, and the Middle East. He is particularly interested in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian affairs. Dr. Mansourov is an accomplished research executive with broad experience in defining, managing, and executing the corporate research agenda for academic, non-governmental and corporate clients, as well as for military and other government agencies. He has significant experience in inter-agency coordination of post-conflict stabilisation programmes and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Mansourov led the North Korea programme at a United States government think tank (2008-2012) and was Full Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. Department of Defense, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Mansourov carried out policy-related research at the Brookings Institution and Harvard University and taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Mansourov studied at Kim ll Sung University in Pyongyang, DPRK, graduated from the Moscow State University of International Relations in Russia, and received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, New York. He edited three books; A Turning Point: Democratic Consolidation in the ROK and Strategic Readjustment in the US-ROK Alliance; Bytes and Bullets: Information Technology Revolution and National Security on the Korean Peninsula, and The North Korean Nuclear Program: Security, Strategy, and New Perspectives from Russia. He has published numerous book chapters and academic articles on Korean, Russian, Northeast and Central Asian affairs.

  • A Case for Re-Engaging North Korea (.pdf 174KB)
    Working paper for the Korea Security Conference, International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), 15-17 October 2014

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Dr. Kyung-Yon Moon

Institution: Yonsei University

Dr. Kyung-Yon Moon is Associate Research Fellow, Research Institute for North Korea Development, The Export-Import Bank of Korea. Dr. Moon served as Research Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University from March 2013 to April 2014 and was Professional Researcher at the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID) at Yonsei University, South Korea. Dr. Moon served as Administration Secretary at the Committee of International Development and Cooperation at the Korean Association of International Studies (KAIS) in 2013. Dr. Moon was Secretary General of the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC) from January 2013 to April 2014 and a Member of Policy Advisory Committee of the NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea.

Dr. Moon received his Master’s degree from the University of Oslo, Norway and Doctoral degree at Cranfield University, UK. His research interests include poverty reduction, official development assistance (ODA), famine in North Korea and international cooperation with a special focus on food aid. Dr. Moon’s recent publications include ‘Dilemma and Solutions for the Desirable Assistance to North Korea’, in Lee, Daewoo, North Korean Problems from the Perspectives of North Korean Defectors and Korean Scholars (Seoul: Orum, 2012); ‘British ODA’, in Kang, Myungse, Political Economy of Official Development Assistance (Seoul: The Sejong Institute, 2012); ‘International Development Cooperation and Development Finance: Discussion and Analysis of Major Actor’s Policies on Development Finance’, East and West Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2014; ‘Collaborating with NGOs for Korean Unification’, Journal of International Politics, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2014; ‘South Korean Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Norms, and North Korea’, Critical Asian Studies Vol. 46, No. 1, March 2014); ‘The Demographic Impact of the North Korean Economic Crisis and its Implications for the North Korean Economy’, Unification Policy Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013; ‘Financing for Development and Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Critical Study of Transnational Agenda Setting’, The Korean Journal of Area Studies, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2013; ‘Norm Internationalization and Political Environment’, The Korean Journal of Area Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012; ‘Reinterpretation of Humanitarian Assistance to North Korea from the Perspective of Human Security’, North Korean Studies Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2012.

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Chad O’Carroll 

Institution: CEO, NK News

Chad O’Carroll is the founder of NK News, a DPRK focused news, information and data portal that prioritises evidence based reporting and verifiable sourcing. O’Carroll set the website up in 2010 following a trip to North Korea the year before. Chad previously worked as Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C., and at the UN in New York City. He obtained a MA in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Security at Kings College London.

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John O’Dea

Institution:  Department for International Development (DFID)

John O’Dea attended the School of Oriental and African Studies where he studied Geography and Economics, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he obtained a MSc in Human Nutrition. Mr. O’Dea’s work in North Korea began in 1999, when he directed the Food Aid Liaison Unit in the UN World Food programme, Pyongyang. He was subsequently Emergency Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) in DPRK and until recently was located in North Korea as Nutrition Adviser for the EU Food Security Office, based in Pyongyang but with a remit that entailed wide travel and work throughout the DPRK. John has 28 years of international experience in food security, with a special interest in the link between nutrition and agriculture. As well as North Korea he has worked in Zambia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan and Mongolia. He is currently Humanitarian Adviser for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Lebanon.

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Dr. Hyeong-Jung Park

Institution: Korea Institute for National Unification

Dr. Hyeong-Jung Park is a senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). His main research covers the politics, economy and foreign relations of North Korea, East Asia policy of the United States, comparative dictatorships and development assistance. Dr. Park received his PhD in political science from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. He has been active as a policy adviser to the government as well as humanitarian and human rights NGOs and as a commentator for Korean and foreign media. Dr. Park was an Eisenhower Fellow in 2002 and a visiting fellow at the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings from 2006 to 2007. He has written a number of books and research papers in Korean and English. His recent articles in English include ‘Kim Jong-Un’s Renewal of Nuclear Strategy and South Korea Policy since 2012’, 2014; ‘The Demotion of Choe Ryong Hae’, 2014; ‘The Purge of Jang Song-taek and the Competition for Regency during the Power Succession’, 2013; ‘The Ups and Downs of the Military’s Influence during the Period of Kim Jong-un’s Power Consolidation’, 2013; ‘Fiscal Fragmentation and Economic Changes in North Korea’, 2013.


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Dr. James F. Person

Institution:  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dr. James F. Person is the Deputy Director for the History and Public Policy Program and Coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Person has authored a number of articles on North Korean history, including ‘”We Need Help from Outside”: The North Korean Opposition Movement of 1956’, Cold War International History Project Working Paper #52, and ‘North Korea in 1956’, Cold War International History Project Bulletin 16. Dr. Person is editor of the NKIDP Working Paper Series; and co-editor of the Cold War International History Project Bulletin and History and Public Policy Program Critical Oral History Conference Series. Dr. Person has worked as a consultant on historical documentaries and received his PhD in Modern Korean History from The George Washington University.

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Dr. Xiao Ren


Dr. Xiao Ren is currently a Professor of International Politics at the Institute of International Studies (IIS), Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy at IIS. Previously he was Senior Fellow and Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Department, Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). Before joining SIIS in 2002, he taught at Fudan University Department of International Politics from 1992 to 2002, as lecturer (1992-1996), associate professor (1996-2001) and professor (2001-2002). Dr. Ren studied in the University of Essex in England (1990-1991) and held research or visiting positions at the East Asian Policy University of Turku (Finland), Nagoya University (Japan), and The George Washington University (USA). His research concentrates on theory of international politics, international relations of the Asia-Pacific, Northeast Asian security, and Chinese foreign policy. His recent publications are, among others, New Frontiers of China’s Foreign Relations (co-editor with Allen Carlson) (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011), ‘Debating China’s Rise in China’ (book chapter, Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and ‘Between Adapting and Shaping: China’s Role in Asian Regional Cooperation’. His other publications (available in Chinese) include New Perspectives on International Relations Theory, (The Changzheng Press, 2001) and U.S.-China-Japan Triangular Relationship, (The Zhejiang People’s Publishing House, 2002). Dr. Ren serves on the editorial boards of international academic journals including Globalizations, Journal of Global Policy and Governance, and East Asia: An International Quarterly. He is a member of the China National Committee of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and he worked at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo in 2010 and 2011. He received his PhD in Political Science from Fudan University in 1992.

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Professor Sang-Hyup Shin

Institution: Graduate School of Pan-Pacific International Studies, Kyung Hee University

Professor Sang-Hyup Shin is Professor at the Graduate School of Pan-Pacific International Studies, Kyung Hee University, President of Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC) and was President of Korean Association of Contemporary European Studies in 2008. Professor Shin received his PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has published seven books, including European Integration and Foreign Direct Investment in the EU (London and New York: Routledge), and Economic Cooperation and Integration in Northeast Asia (Berlin, 2006).

Professor Shin was a member of Advisory Committee for Korea-EU FTA at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Korea and a member of Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Justice, Korea. Professor Shin has served as a registered director of BOM, an international NGO, since 2010, and as Director of the Daewoo Foundation since 2012. He was the moderator for “In Focus’, a weekly programme dealing with various current issues at Arirang TV and is resident commentator for ‘Prime Time’, the main evening news programme at TBS.


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Dr. Sarah A. Son

Institution: Academy of Korean Studies

Dr. Sarah A. Son is a recent PhD graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where she researched national identity and policy relating to unification and North Korean defector resettlement in South Korea. She is currently continuing her research agenda on identity and inter-Korean relations as a research fellow at Korea University’s Asiatic Research Institute in Seoul. Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked in advocacy and politics in Westminster in the UK and was co-director of a consulting business linking the UK and South Korea.

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Dr. Bo-Hyuk Suh

Institution: IPUS, Seoul National University 

Dr. Bo-Hyuk Suh is Humanities Korea research professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University. Dr. Suh was an expert adviser on North Korean human rights issue at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea during 2003-2006. He majors in North Korea and unification issues, international relations theory and peace building. His recent publications include Human Security and the Two Koreas’ Cooperation (2013, ed., In Korean), Peace of Europe and the Helsinki Process (2012, In Korean), The Helsinki Process and Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia (2012, coed., In Korean), Inter-Korean Relations and International Relations Theory (2011, coed., In Korean), Korean Human Rights (2011, In Korean), ‘Beyond Silence and Blaming: Revisiting South Korea’s Role in North Korean Human Rights’ in Asian Perspective, 37:1 (2013), and ‘The Militarization of Korean human rights: A Peninsula perspective’ in Critical Asian Studies 46:1 (2014). Dr. Suh is preparing to publish ‘Civilizing an Axis of Evil: A Reflection of North Korean Human Rights Issues and Its alternative’.

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Dr. Ki-Young Sung 

Institution: Korean Institute for National Unification

Dr. Ki-Young Sung is a Research Fellow at Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). Before joining KINU, Dr. Sung worked for Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies and University of Southern California (Korean Studies Institute) as a research fellow. He completed his PhD (International Relations) in 2011 at University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He also studied International Political Economy (MA, Warwick, 2006), International Economics (MA, Sogang University, South Korea, 2001) and Sociology (BA, Korea University, 1991). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Sung worked for leading news magazines in South Korea, including Shindong-A (monthly), Weekly Dong-A, and Sisa-Journal from 1995 to 2005, primarily focusing on political economy of South Korea.


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Dr. Georgy Toloraya

Institution: Institute of Economy of Russian Academy of Science

Dr. Georgy Toloraya is Director of the Department dealing with programmes in Asia and Africa at Russkiy Mir Presidential foundation. Dr. Toloraya is the East Asia section director at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and is Executive Director of Russian National Committee on BRICS studies, a legal entity created under the auspices of Russian government for Track 2 activities. Dr. Toloraya is a professional diplomat (rank of Minister) with decades-long experience in Asian affairs, having served two postings in North Korea (1977-1980 and 1984-1987), then in South Korea as a Deputy chief of the Russian Embassy (1993-1998) and later as the senior Russian Foreign Ministry official (Deputy director-general) in charge of the Korean Peninsula (1998-2003). Dr. Toloraya worked as the Consul General of Russia in Sydney, Australia (2003-2007). Prior to that he worked for trade promotion agencies related to Asia. He pursued a successful scholarly career, having graduated from the Moscow University of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1978, earning a PhD in 1984, Doctor of Economy degree in 1994 and a 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 teaches Asian politics at MGIMO. In 2007-2008 Dr. Toloraya was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

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Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters

Institution: Cambridge University, University of Leeds

Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters is a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Beyond the Korean War Project (Cambridge University/Academy of Korean Studies) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds’ School of Geography. He is also Director of Research and environmental analyst for ‘SINO: NK-China, North Korea Borderlands, Relations, History’. Dr. Winstanley-Chesters obtained his doctorate from the School of Geography, University of Leeds. His thesis was entitled ‘Ideology and the Production of Landscape in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’ and will be published by Rowman and Littlefield’s Lexington Press in autumn 2014 under the title Politics, Ideology and the Environment in North Korea: Landscape as Political Project. Dr. Winstanley-Chesters grew up in Edinburgh, Hamburg and New York and holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Divinity from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree from the School of Geography, University of Leeds.

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Dr. Alexander Zhebin

Institution: Director, Centre for Korean Studies, Institute of Far Eastern Studies

Dr. Alexander Zhebin is Director of the Center for Korean Studies (CKS) at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies (IFES) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1975. He joined IFES in 1992 and received his PhD in political science from the IFES in 1998. Dr. Zhebin spent 12 years in North Korea as a journalist and a diplomat - TASS News Agency (TASS) correspondent in Pyongyang (1978-1979), TASS Bureau Chief in Pyongyang (1983-1990). Dr. Zhebin was visiting research fellow at the Asiatic Research Center at Korea University in Seoul (1993-1994), visiting research fellow at Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) in Seoul (1997) and First Secretary and Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the DPRK, 1998-2001.

Dr. Zhebin resumed his work at the IFES and has been Director of the CKS since 2004. His research areas include political developments in the DPRK, Russia-North Korea relations, the security situation and nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula. Dr. Zhebin has authored three books: Pyongyang, Seoul, then Moscow (1991, in Korean), Luster and Misery of the Kim’s Empire (1992, in Japanese) and The DPRK Political System’s Evolution under Impact of Global Changes (2006, in Russian); several chapters in collective works published in the USA and Europe; and numerous articles on Korean affairs in academic journals and newspapers at home and abroad. Dr. Zhebin has been a member of the Moscow Journalist Associations since 1980, Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) since 1997, Russian Association for Political Science (RAPS) since 2003, and the International Political Science Association (IPSA) since 2006.