I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. I specialize in U.S. foreign economic policymaking on export-oriented countries of Northeast Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea.
My research focuses on how domestic institutions influence foreign economic policy outcomes such as responses to trade disputes and currency appreciation pressures. I am currently working on my book project entitled, ‘Trade & Currency Conflict: Northeast Asian States Responses to U.S. Pressures’. I am also interested in intellectual property as global trade norms, technological innovation and trade secrets/cybersecurity.
I have also expanded my scope of research to incorporate the triangular trans-regional relationships among the US, Northeast Asia (NEA) and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. Combining my previous work experience at the UNSC sanctions committees on MENA – Somalia, Iraq, and Syria – and academic training in international security and international political economy, my ongoing research explores the nexus of economic and military interests between the US, the two Koreas, China, Japan and the countries of the Middle East (Iran, Israel, and the six countries Gulf Cooperation Council – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE). In particular, I examine the following:
- China’s geoeconomic approach to Iran in the post-sanctions era, and its Belt and Road Initiative in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt);
- South Korea’s boost of economic relations with Iran post-sanctions (contingent on US electoral politics), despite Iran’s years of continued nuclear cooperation with North Korea; and
- South Korea’s proactive free trade negotiations with Israel and the GCC, and China’s free trade negotiations with the GCC.
I graduated with a Ph.D in Political Science (2015) from Boston University as a Fulbright Fellow. I earned my B.A. (2005) and M.A. (2007) in Political Science from Korea University in my native South Korea. I have taken more than ten years of formal training in the East Asian languages of Chinese (from 2002) and Japanese (from 2005), and seven years of training in the French language (from 1998). I have also resumed training in Arabic during my time at NUS (from 2005; resumed in 2016).
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