Chung Min Lee

Korea/NE Asia security and intelligence

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Seoul, Korea
Afternoons, Monday-Friday


Chung Min Lee is Professor of InternationalRelations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), YonseiUniversity in Seoul, a non-resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowmentfor International Peace (Washington, D.C.), and a member of the council of theInternational Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Lee served as Ambassadorfor National Security Affairs (2013-2016) in the Park Geun-hye Administration andAmbassador for International Security Affairs (2010-2011) and member of thePresident’s Foreign Policy Advisory Council (2009-2011) during the LeeMyung-bak Administration.

His core specialty is in crisis management,intelligence assessments, and political risk management in East Asia, defenseplanning and conflict scenarios, and WMD proliferation. Lee is also columnistfor the “Global Opinions” section of the WashingtonPost.

Lee has served as Dean of the GSIS (2008-2012) andthe Underwood International College (2010-2012), a Visiting Professor at theLee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore(2005-2007), Visiting Professor at the Graduate Research Institute for PolicyStudies, Tokyo (2004-2005), Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation (1995-1998),Visiting Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo(1994-1995), Research Fellow at the Institute of East and West Studies, YonseiUniversity (1988-1989), Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute, Seoul(1989-1994) and a Research Associate at the Institute for Foreign PolicyAnalysis, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1985-1988).

He received his MALD and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School ofLaw and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1988 and his B.A. in political sciencefrom Yonsei University in 1982. Since the late 1980s, he has writtenextensively on Asian security, strategic developments in Northeast Asia, andthe political-military balance on the Korean Peninsula. His most recent book isentitled Fault Lines in a Rising Asia(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2016) and co-edited an earliervolume with T.J. Pempel on Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Architectureand Beyond (2012). Lee haswritten for the Wall Street Journaland the Washington Post and hasconducted numerous interviews for CNN, BBC and other major international news organizations.Lee has lived in ten countries including the United States, Mexico, Uganda,Indonesia, the Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and Korea.