S. Paul CHOI (최석훈) is Managing Director and Principal Advisor at StratWays Group, a geopolitical risk and security consultancy with a focus on Northeast Asia and the United States. His expertise is in political-military affairs, international security, and strategy design.
From 2013-2018, he worked as a Strategist and International Relations Specialist at the United Nations Command / Republic of Korea (ROK) – U.S. Combined Forces Command / U.S. Forces Korea–in both the Commander’s Strategic Initiatives Group and in the Directorate for Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Strategic Communications.
Previously, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, Visiting Scholar at Fudan University, a Consultant to the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy at the Asia Foundation, a Faculty Lecturer at the Korea Military Academy, and an officer in the ROK Army.
Mr. CHOI is active in track 1.5 dialogues on Allied Integration for Deterrence, Regional Security Architectures, and Extended Deterrence. He has been an invited speaker at various academic institutions, government agencies, and think-tanks around the world–to include the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) campuses in DC and Nanjing; Renmin University in Beijing; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the United States, the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Executive Agency Wilton Park, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris, and Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid.
He is currently affiliated with the War Studies Department at King’s College London, has an M.A. in International Cooperation from Seoul National University GSIS, and has a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.