S. Paul Choi

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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.

Raymond Yamamoto

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Raymond Yamamoto is an Associate Professor at the Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, where he teaches courses on contemporary Japanese politics and international relations of the Asia-Pacific. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Hamburg University in 2015. His doctoral dissertation project on the “normalization” of Japan’s foreign policy received funding from Japan Foundation and German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). Before being appointed by Aarhus University in 2017, Raymond Yamamoto spent several years at Osaka University working as a specially appointed researcher. He spent his research semester as a visiting fellow at the Pacific Forum and an affiliate scholar at the East-West Center in spring 2019. His recent research project focuses on the critical role of Japan’s Official Development Assistance in Japan’s post-war foreign policy.

Please refer to his homepage for his latest publications and research activities.

Elina Noor

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Elina Noor is Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Kristi Govella

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Dr. Kristi Govella is the inaugural Director of the Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs and an Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She specializes in the intersection of economics and security in international relations, with a particular focus on the Indo-Pacific region and Japan. Dr. Govella’s research has examined topics such as economic statecraft, trade war, trade agreements, foreign investment, government-business relations, defense capacity building, regional institutional architecture, and the governance of the global commons. In addition to her publications in journals and edited volumes, she is the editor of two books: Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions in Asia, Europe, and the United States and Responding to a Resurgent Russia: Russian Policy and Responses from the European Union and the United States. She also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center and Pacific Forum and as Editor of the journal Asia Policy. Dr. Govella was previously Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and an Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Website: https://www.kristigovella.com

Sungmin Cho

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Dr. Sungmin Cho is a professor of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, an academic institute of the US Department of Defense, based in Hawaii. His area of expertise covers China-Korean Peninsula relations, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the US alliance in East Asia. Dr. Cho has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including World PoliticsThe China JournalAsian SecurityJournal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, and Korea Observer. His commentaries also appeared in Foreign AffairsWar on the RocksThe Diplomat, and Defense One, among others. Prior to the academic career, Dr. Cho served in the Korean Army as an intelligence officer for three years, including a seven-month deployment to Iraq. He received his PhD in Government from Georgetown University, his Master’s degree in International Relations from Peking University, and his B.A. in Political Science from Korea University.

David S. Lee

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David is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong Business School, where he works broadly in the areas of ethics, corporate governance, fintech, leadership, and the economics and politics of the Korean peninsula. He is a UGC Teaching Award recipient, the highest university teaching honor in Hong Kong, and was the first teacher from a business school to ever receive a UCG Teaching Award.

Combining his interests in ethics, finance, and technology, David is a co-instructor for a unique massive online open course titled, Fintech Ethics and Risks, which has thousands of students enrolled globally. He is also a co-author of the first Asia focused business ethics textbook, Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, An Asia Edition (Cengage Learning Asia). His writing and commentary have appeared in outlets like the Harvard Business Review, Arirang TVHandelsblatt, the Nikkei Asian ReviewNK NewsThe Korea Times, and the South China Morning Post.

David remains engaged with industry by advising and training companies (including Global Fortune 500 firms), board members, and executives on ethics, corporate governance, leadership, and strategic matters. Additionally, he regularly works with entrepreneurs, particularly those at the intersection of finance and technology (“fintech”), as well as with both public and private market investors.

David was formerly a Young Leader and a James A. Kelly Fellow (non-resident) at Pacific Forum as well as a POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center. He is also a Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellow and a Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong.

David worked in investment management in Hong Kong and London before joining the University of Hong Kong. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and has experience in law, consulting, and entrepreneurial ventures.

David earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, his M.A. from Harvard University, post-graduate training at Cambridge, and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

James Jongsoo Lee

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A finance professional and business consultant, James Lee is a scholar and expert in national security, foreign policy, and Indo-Pacific, Eurasian and global affairs.  Trained as a historian and a political scientist, James is passionate about contributing creative policy solutions to challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region and the wider world.  

A Partner and Senior Managing Director at Brock Group, a boutique investment bank and business advisory firm, James is a Center Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and held research appointments at Harvard’s Korea Institute and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.  He also served as a Senior Research Fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, where he coordinated Track II trilateral policy dialogues on nuclear and national security issues co-organized with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.) and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tokyo).

Author of The Partition of Korea After World War II: A Global History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and other published works, James served as the Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Asia Quarterly.  A regular contributor to American Historical Review (Oxford University Press) and Journal of Cold War Studies (MIT Press), James leads the National Security Group at Harvard Club of New York.  His opinion pieces have been published by Financial Times, Newsweek, The National Interest, Council on Foreign Relations, and Center for Strategic and International Studies, among others.

A graduate of Williams College (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.), James also studied at Beijing University, Moscow State University, and International Christian University (Tokyo).

Jang Mook Kang

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Dr. Kang received his Ph.D. in Information Security Engineering at Korea University in 2005. In 2009, he received a Ph.D. in Political Science as a major in Political Law. Since then, he has been carrying out interdisciplinary research in social science and engineering. Recently, his interests have led him to explore modeling that solves social problems based on data analysis or deep learning. As a scholar who understands the history and cultural background of the Republic of Korea, he endeavors to lend his insights in cyber security, inter-Korean affairs, political issues in Japan and Korea, and nuclear missile issues in North Korea to the Pacific Forum. He is eager to share his knowledge and experience with Fellows who dream of social innovation with technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

Lami Kim

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Dr. Lami Kim is a lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong.  A nuclear specialist and a Korea expert, she has served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, Pacific Forum CSIS and Stimson Center, and also as a South Korean diplomat.  Her work has appeared in The Washington Quarterly, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and The Diplomat amongst others.  She holds a PhD degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Jeffrey Ordaniel

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Jeffrey ORDANIEL is non-resident Adjunct Fellow and Director of Maritime Programs at the Pacific Forum. Concurrently, he is also Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at Tokyo International University (TIU) in Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and specializes in the study of offshore territorial and maritime entitlement disputes in Asia. His teaching and research revolve around maritime security and ocean governance, ASEAN regionalism, and broadly, US alliances and engagements in the Indo-Pacific. From 2016 to 2019, he was based in Honolulu and was the holder of the endowed Admiral Joe Vasey Fellowship at the Pacific Forum.

Since 2019, Dr. Ordaniel has been convening the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Expert Working Group, an informal network of select experts and scholars from Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and North America, with the aim of generating sound, pragmatic and actionable policy prescriptions for the region. His current research on maritime security in Asia is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2020-2022. He is author of the forthcoming Routledge book, Coping with ‘China Threat’⁠—The Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia in the South China Sea, scheduled for release in early 2021.