Category: NOTES

The Middle East and Arabic Training

A decade has passed since my time at the UNSC Sanctions Committees (2005-06). After the PhD training, I have come to realize that after obtaining the PhD, you are free to decide what you research. At each stage of my life, I took up a new language – Korean was my native, English in elementary […]

Upcoming research in Washington

On Trade Remedy It took a while after dissertation defense to plan out a firm book proposal and agenda. A couple of meetings were held with book publishers in order to figure out what they were looking for and how I could contribute. In the course of a year, after comments from several job talks […]

Singapore, the first half

The first half of my postdoctoral fellowship in Singapore went by. I arrived in Singapore on August 1, 2015. It was right after my second summer at GW-CIBER and my first experience with the APSA Centennial Center. And now I am headed for my second affiliation with the APSA Centennial Center, which I will write […]

Pacific Forum CSIS

It’s been two years since I began a relationship with the Pacific Forum CSIS. I became one of the inaugural non-resident Korea Foundation fellows for 2014-15 and met amazing policy thinkers of our time. Through the PacForum I was also able to create a network of friends and colleagues who were genuinely interested and involved […]

The Doctoral Dissertation Defense and Submission

On March 30, 2015, I defended my doctoral dissertation at Boston University. Because it was a long-awaited event in my PhD life, I thought of how I would defend successfully, but it just happened. Come to think of it now, having spent two years on the job market, defending the main argument in the dissertation […]

Completing a Fellowship in Washington – South Korea and the TPP

On the first day of the year 2015, I moved from Boston to the Greater Washington DC area to serve as Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. At the EWC, I would focus specifically on intellectual property issues in the TPP negotiations and the ramifications for U.S.-Northeast Asian economic relations. However, for […]

Intellectual Property in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Back in February, I gave a presentation on intellectual property in the TPP and the TTIP at the TAPS Conference at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown. It had been a long while since I had prepared a presentation for contents involving the European region, because I had focused on U.S.-Northeast […]

Contemplating the Future of the Two Koreas

About a month ago, I attended my second and last conference as Korea Foundation Fellow for the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies. My first conference participation was in Maui, Hawaii in June, and my second one was in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because the first conference involved participants from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan, […]

Approaching Science and Technology as a Political Economist – The Dupont Summit

This past weekend I attended the Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Issues, hosted by the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and held at the Historic Whittemore House in Dupont Circle. I also delivered a presentation of my ongoing coauthored paper on intellectual property and the TPP at a panel on Emergent Issues […]

Striking the 21st Century Trade Deal – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

This past month I had the opportunity to speak to students at the Kennedy School of Government regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the negotiations process. The focus of the talk was centering on what is fundamentally new in the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations. Is the TPP a total divergence and shift from the global […]