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Peter Beck

    Asia Foundation

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


    Peter M. Beck is the Korea Representative for the Asia Foundation in Seoul.  Prior to joining the San Francisco-based international development organization, he was the Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Research Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo.  He was also a visiting POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu and a Pantech Fellow at Stanford University.  Previously, he launched the International Crisis Group’s Northeast Asia Project in Seoul (2004 – 07).  He was the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. (1997 – 2004).  He has taught at American University, Georgetown University, the Naval Post Graduate School and U.C. San Diego in the U.S. and at Ewha Womans University and Yonsei University in Seoul. 


    Beck 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, The Korea Herald, and Weekly Chosun.  He has published over 100 articles, including in Asian Survey, Bangkok Post, Encyclopedia Britannica, Foreign Policy, Japan Times, Oxford Analytica, Wall Street Journal, and Yale Global.  He has also testified before Congress.


    Beck 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.

Contact Information

    Telephone: 82-2-732-2044

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