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Moon Chung-in

Special Advisor for Unification, Diplomacy and National Security Affairs
Office of the President of the Republic of Korea
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Moon Chung-in is the special advisor for unification, diplomacy and national security affairs for President Moon Jae-in (2017-present), Distinguished University Professor of Yonsei University, and Larry Krause Distinguished Fellow at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD. He is also Vice Chairman and Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and Chairman of the Korea Peace Forum.

Dr. Moon retired from Yonsei University in 2016 where he taught for 22 years. Prior to his post at Yonsei University, he taught at University of Kentucky from 1985 to 1994 and at Williams College from 1984 to 1985.

In the Roh Moo-hyun government, Dr. Moon was Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative ( a cabinet-level post) in 2004 and 2005, and member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Defense Reform from 2004 to 2007. He was also appointed Ambassador for International Security Affairs by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2006 to 2008.

During his advisory role to presidents Roh and Kim Dae-jung, he contributed in drafting and implementing the Sunshine Policy of engagement toward North Korea.

Dr. Moon is widely recognized in academia for his expertise in international relations and east Asian security issues. He has written or edited more than 60 books and published more than 350 articles, and is an editorial board member for several academic journals including the European Journal of International Relations, Cambridge Journal of International Relations, and International Politics. He served as dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University from 2000 to 2002, Vice President of International Studies Association of North America (2000-2001), and president of The Korean Association of Peace Studies between 2004 and 2006, and most recently director of the Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library from 2012 to 2016.

He received his BA in Philosophy at Yonsei University, obtained an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland.

After three inter-Korean summits and one U.S.-North Korea summit, President Donald Trump announced that his next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place in Vietnam on February 27-28, 2019, to further steps towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-DPRK relations. With South Korea most affected by any outcome from the diplomatic dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea, Dr. Moon provides a unique perspective and insight into the thinking of the current government in Seoul as the peace process continues to unfold.

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February 7, 2019

On February 10, 2016, the South Korean government announced the closure of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, a symbol of its engagement policy and inter-Korean rapprochement. The move was part of…

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Region: Asia

October 6, 2016
Lee Sangkeun, Moon Chung-in

Contents of this Section The Sunshine Policy is Not, and was Not, a Failed Policy Moon Chung-in – Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yonsei University The Current…

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Region: Asia

November 30, 2012

No country in recent history has been as notoriously branded as North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK), which has been portrayed as a failed rogue state…

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May 25, 2011