Chung Min Lee is a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s Asia Program. He works on security issues in Northeast Asia, including strategic developments on the Korean peninsula.
Lee is also a professor of international relations at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) and was appointed by South Korean President Park Geun-hye as ambassador for national security affairs in June 2013. Lee served as dean of the GSIS from 2008 to 2012 and Yonsei’s Underwood International College from 2010 to 2012. He also served as ambassador for international security affairs from 2010 to 2011 and as a member of the president’s foreign policy advisory council from 2009 to 2011.
Lee has taught at the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, the University of Sydney, Murdoch University, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He was a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation from 1995 to 1998 and a visiting research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo from 1994 to 1995. Prior to that, Lee served as a research fellow at Yonsei’s Institute of East and West Studies, the Sejong Institute in Seoul, and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He has written extensively on Asian and Korean security issues and is the author of an upcoming book on Asia’s strategic fault lines that explores the implications of political and military developments in the region. His current research is focused on examining how China’s key neighbors such as Russia, India, Vietnam, the two Koreas, and Japan are responding to China’s rise. In addition, he is also working on assessing declassified intelligence estimates on the Pakistani, North Korean, and Iranian nuclear programs.