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Dr. John Delury

    Yonsei University


    - Modern China
    - History of Sino-Korean relations
    - Inter-Korean relations
    - US policy toward North Korea


    John Delury is a modern Chinese historian who also studies Sino-Korean relations and is a close observer of North Korea's diplomacy in the region and with the United States. As Associate Director of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations in New York (from 2007 to 2010), he directed the task force, “North Korea Inside Out: The Case for Economic Engagement” (, and remains involved in various Track II dialogue projects with the DPRK. He has made four trips to Pyongyang, most recently accompanying Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson. He writes regularly on the Korean Peninsula for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, 38 North, and Asian Perspective. He has been based in Seoul since 2010.


    John Delury is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies and Underwood International College, teaching modern Chinese history and East Asian relations. He is the author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century (Random House, 2013) and is currently working on a book about US-China relations in the 1950s. He is a senior fellow of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations and Pacific Century Institute, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and National Committee on US-China Relations, and Leadership Council member for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Dr. Delury received his BA, MA, and PhD in Chinese history from Yale University, studying under Jonathan Spence. He was a visiting professor at Columbia, Brown and Peking University.

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