• Professor speaks at Woodrow Wilson International Center


Dr. Simone Chun, assistant professor in the Government Department at Suffolk University, was invited to speak at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2009.  The WWICS, the nation’s most prestigious public policy center,  was established by Congress in 1968 as “the official, national memorial to President Wilson,” who was strongly committed to international understanding and connecting scholars with policy makers.
Chun’s talk, “The Political Economy of Security in the Korea Peninsula,” which coincides with President Barack Obama’s meeting with South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, focused on how the United States and Korea could work together to address current security threats through discourse and economic cooperation.  Chun incorporated her own research with data from the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. The event, which was organized by the Asia Program at WWICS to address pressing issues related to trade and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia, included a prominent Korean legal scholar and American policy maker.
“In addition to delivering my lecture, I also had the opportunity to exchange views on issues relating to Northeast Asia with a number of Center staff, including the Director of the Asia Program,” says Chun, “I feel my visit was very timely in view of the recent North Korean nuclear tests, the capture and incarceration of American journalists, and the escalating political and diplomatic crisis.”

Chun, who received both her MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, teaches courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations, Global Political Economy, and Politics in Northeast Asia.  She served as a council member of Suffolk’s Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, and is Suffolk’s coordinator for the annual Peace Island Forum in Jeju, South Korea. 

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