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Keith Luse

Keith Luse

    Executive Director

    National Committee on North Korea


    Keith Luse became Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea in July 2014. Previously, Luse was the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse was also Staff Director for Senator Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member.

    During fourteen years of working for Senator Lugar in Washington, Luse had numerous meetings and interactions with North Korean officials inside North Korea and in the United States. Luse’s first trip to North Korea in 2003 related to the transparency of distribution of U.S. food aid inside the country. On later visits to Pyongyang, Yongbyon and other parts of North Korea, topics of focus included the nuclear issue, food and nutritional assistance, North Korean human rights, and American POWs from the Korean War, among others. In the Senate, Luse worked on North Korea-related legislation and other action by the Senate regarding these and additional North Korea issues.

    He is a Co-Recipient of the 2010 Kato Ryozo Award for Service to the U.S. – Japan Alliance. Upon departing the Senate in 2013, Luse was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor Award by President Aquino for assisting Senator Lugar’s efforts to foster relations between the United States and the Philippines and Southeast Asia. 

    Mr. Luse joined Senator Lugar’s Indiana Office in 1978 and was appointed State Director in 1982.  In the 1990’s while in the private sector, Luse traveled for eight years throughout East Asia, conducting research for U.S. businesses.

    In addition to assisting Senator Lugar at the Foreign Relations Committee on legislative initiatives, Luse directed or participated in several oversight projects and investigations.  They included the murder of Americans in Papua, Indonesia; corruption and transparency challenges at the Asia Development Bank and the World Bank; human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Burma; and an evaluation of the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance in Cambodia and Indonesia.

    Luse’s reports to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee include “China’s Impact on Korean Peninsula Unification and Questions for the Senate” (2012); “Trafficking and Extortion of Burmese Migrants in Malaysia and Southern Thailand” (2009); and “North Korea and Its Nuclear Program – A Reality Check” (2008). 

    He is an Advisory Board Member of The Center for Constitutional Democracy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and formerly served on the Boards of The American Center for International Leadership, The Indianapolis Museum of Indian Heritage, and The Indianapolis Hispano-American Center.  From 1989 to 1991 he was Chairman of the Indiana Republican State Committee.

    Luse has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Indiana University. He obtained a graduate certificate in public management and pursued additional graduate studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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