A Year of Significance?


South Korea's Leadership Changes in 2012 and Foreign Policy Implications

Luncheon Presentation by Jae Ho Chung, Professor of International Relations, Seoul National University

Presidential elections will take place in South Korea on December 19. Once incumbent President Lee Myung-bak's term ends in February, what will a possible leadership change mean for international relations in East Asia? What do the results of this April’s parliamentary elections imply for the upcoming presidential election? More importantly, what are the various scenarios that could play out for South Korea's foreign policy in 2013 and thereafter?

Jae Ho Chung is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University. He is also the former Director of the Institute for China Studies and the Center for International Studies at the university. Prior to returning to Korea in 1996, Professor Chung taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and was a CNAPS Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Professor Chung has served on the advisory committee for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Reunification, and the National Security Council. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including Central Control and Local Discretion in China; Charting China’s Future; and Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States. Professor Chung is a graduate of Seoul National University, Brown University and the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in 1993.


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Tue 24 Jul 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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