Rounding up this year of election, Americans will choose a new president in November. Although it is too early to predict the outcome of the election, it appears that the new American president, he or she, will confront a different Asia, different from what it has been so far. Beyond the immediate issues of North Koreas nuclear program and the Taiwan Straits, the uninterrupted rise of China after the Beijing Olympics in August this year will present both challenges and opportunities for the new American president. The implications of these to Asia and America will be explored.
Chong Wook Chung is an Asian specialist with an emphasis on China who has taught both in Korea and the United States. He also served in the Korean government as national security adviser to President Kim Young Sam in the early 1990s and later as Korean Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).
Dr. Chung has an undergraduate degree in international relations from Seoul National University (1965) and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University (1975). He has taught at Yale University, American University in Washington, D.C. and Seoul National University.
He has written extensively on foreign policy and national security, particularly on matters related to China and the Korean peninsula. His book-length English publications include Maoism and Development (1980), Major Powers and Peace in Korea (1979) (co-editor), and Korea's Option in a Changing International Order (1993) (co-editor). He is currently a visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to host Chong Wook Chung's visit to CMC as a Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor in Asian Affairs.