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Andrew Yeo appointed as Brookings Institution's Korea chair

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By Kang Seung-woo

Andrew Yeo, a professor of politics and director of Asian Studies at the Catholic University of America, has been appointed as Korea chair of the Brookings Institution, a U.S. research group.

Andrew Yeo / Courtesy of Brookings Institution
Andrew Yeo / Courtesy of Brookings Institution
"We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to Brookings," Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Suzanne Maloney said in a statement. "He will be an important contributor to Brookings scholarship and a strong addition to the Foreign Policy program."

According to the U.S. think tank, Yeo will be affiliated with the Center for East Asia Policy Studies.

"His expertise and research interests include the Korean Peninsula and East Asia, alliance politics, overseas basing strategy, civil society, social and transnational movements, and democratization," the statement said, adding that Yeo's initial research projects there will include South Korean foreign policy and state-society relations in North Korea.

It also said, "Yeo is currently working on a project that examines South Korea's role in the Indo-Pacific region and how South Korea can support a rules-based order outside its traditional focus on Northeast Asia."

Yeo, the author or co-editor of four books, received his doctorate in government from Cornell University, and bachelor's in psychology and international studies magna cum laude from Northwestern University.

The Korea chair position was established in 2013 through endowments from SK Group and the Korea Foundation, an affiliate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Yeo's predecessor was Jung Pak, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and now deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department.


Kang Seung-woo ksw@koreatimes.co.kr


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