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Peter Beck

Peter Beck

    International Student Conferences


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    - North and South Korean affairs
    - United States foreign policy in Asia


    Peter M. Beck is the executive director of International Student Conferences. Until June 2015, he was the senior advisor to the New Paradigm Institute in Seoul. He also served on the Korea Foundation’s and Northeast Asia History Foundation’s Publications Board and the Korean-American Educational (Fulbright) Commission. Previously, he was the Korea Representative for the Asia Foundation. Prior to that, he opened the International Crisis Group’s Northeast Asia office in Seoul (2004 – 07) and served as the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. (1997 – 2004). 

    He has taught at American University, Ewha Women’s University, Georgetown University, the Naval Post Graduate School, and Yonsei University. He has held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations, the East-West Center in Honolulu, and Stanford University. He has served as an advisor to the International Republican Institute and as a member of the Ministry of Unification’s Policy Advisory Committee. He has also been a columnist for Donga Daily, Joongang Sunday, The Korea Herald, and Weekly Chosun. He has published over 100 articles, including in Asian Survey, Encyclopedia Britannica, Foreign Policy, Mother Jones, Oxford Analytica, The Wall Street Journal, and Yale Global. He has also testified before Congress. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, completed the Korean language program at Seoul National University, and conducted his graduate studies at U.C. San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

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