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Cheol-Hee Park

Cheol Hee Park is a dean and professor at the Graduate school of International Studies (GSIS) of Seoul National University. He was a director of Institute for Japanese Studies (IJS) at Seoul National University between 2012 and 2016. Before joining the faculty at Seoul National University in 2004, he was an assistant professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS). He also served as a visiting professor at Columbia University, Keio University and Kobe University. He received the First Nakasone Yasuhiro Award in 2005 in recognition of academic activities and practical contribution to the friendly ties between South Korea and Japan.

Dr. Park is a Japan specialist and widely covers the research areas of Korea-Japan relations and international relations in East Asia. He advises the Korean Foreign Ministry, Unification Ministry and Defense Ministry. He also plays advisory functions at the Korea-Japan Parliamentary League, Joint Committee for Korea-Japan Cooperation, and Korea-Japan Friendship Society. He is an executive member of Seoul forum for International Affairs. He serves as an executive secretary of the Korea-Japan forum, a government-sponsored opinion leaders’ forum. In his personal capacity, he serves as a board member of several think-tanks in Korea, including the Sejong Institute, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and East Asia Foundation.

Dr. Park has been a regular columnist at Chosun Ilbo and Tokyo Shimbun and is frequently interviewed by global media. He has authored two books: 代議士のつくられ方
―小選挙区の選挙戦略 (How Japanese Parliamentarians are Made: Election strategy for single-seat constituencies); and 자민당정권과 전후체제의 변용 (LDP Politics and the Transformation of Japan’s Postwar System), and co-authored several more. He has published articles on East Asian politics and international relations in Korean, Japanese, and English at various journals.

Dr. Park earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.