Cheol Hee Park is a dean and professor at the Graduate school of International Studies (GSIS). He was a director of Institute for Japanese Studies (IJS) at Seoul National University between 2012 and 2016. Dr. Park is a globally-known Japan specialist and widely covers the research areas of Korea-Japan relations and international relations in East Asia.
He advises Korean Foreign Ministry, Unification Ministry and Defense Ministry. He also plays advisory functions at the Korea-Japan Parliamentary League, Joint Committee for Korea-Japan Cooperation, and Korea-Japan Friendship Society. He is an executive member of Seoul forum for International Affairs. He serves as an executive secretary of Korea-Japan forum, government-sponsored opinion leaders’ forum. In his personal capacity, he serves as a board member of a few key think-tanks in Korea, including Sejong Institute, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and East Asia Foundation. Dr. Park is a regular columnist at Chosun Ilbo since 2014 and Tokyo Shimbun since 2012. He is frequently interviewed by global media like New York Times, CNN, BBC, Asahi, Yomiuri and other newspapers regarding international relations in East Asia.
He authored two books independently: Daigishi no Tsukurare Kata (How Japan’s Dietman Is Made)(Bungeishunjyu, 2000); and Jamindang Jongkwon gwa Jonhu Cheje eui Byunyong (LDP Politics and the Transformation of Postwar System in Japan) (SNU Press, 2011). He published many articles on East Asian politics and international relations in Korean, Japanese, and English at various journals, including Asian Survey, Japanese Journal of Political Studies, Korean Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Asia-Pacific Review, International Political Science Review, Korean Political Science Review, Korean Journal of International Relations, and etc. He is a co-author of several books, including National Identities and Bilateral Relations (Stanford, 2013), Changing Power Relations in Northeast Asia (Routledge, 2011), U.S. Leadership, History, and Bilateral Relations in Northeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2011), East Asia’s Haunted Present (Praeger International Security, 2008), and Japan’s Strategic Thought toward Asia (Palgrave, 2007).
He got Ph.D. degree at Columbia University. Before joining a faculty at Seoul National University in 2004, he was an assistant professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS). He also served as a visiting professor at Columbia University, Keio University and Kobe University. He received the First Nakasone Yasuhiro Award in 2005 in recognition of academic activities and practical contribution to the friendly ties between South Korea and Japan.