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Current Members

    • 이숙종 Lee, Sook Jong
    • 성균관대학교 행정학과 교수, 전 동아시아연구원 (EAI) 원장
      Professor, Sungkyunkwan University; former President, East Asia Institute (EAI)

    Sook Jong Lee is professor of public administration at Sungkyunkwan University and directs the East Asia Collaboration Center inside the University. She also served the East Asia Institute, an independent Seoul-based think tank, as President from 2008 to 2018. She created the Asian Democracy Research Network in 2015 and has been working with research organizations. Dr. Lee also participates as member of the Trilateral Commission, Council of Councils, and many other transnational networks. Since 2015, she is serving as a Steering Committee member of the World Movement for Democracy. Her research interests include the linkage between domestic politics and foreign policy, democracy/civil societies, and soft power/public diplomacy. Previously, Dr. Lee was research fellow at the Sejong Institute, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and visiting fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies. Her recent publications include Transforming Global Governance with Middle Power Diplomacy: South Korea’s Role in the 21st Century (ed. 2016), Keys to Successful Presidency in South Korea (ed. 2013 and 2016), Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia (eds. 2011), Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.


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