[July 25, 2018] Soh Jaipil Circle: Cho Hyun, The 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Soh Jaipil Circle on Contemporary Korean Affairs with the 2nd Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun

Co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington D.C.

Future of the Korea-US Alliance : Creating Peace on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia

Cho Hyun
The 2nd Vice Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Biography of Cho Hyun
Cho Hyun joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of Korea in 1979. Prior to his current position as the 2nd Vice Minister to MOFA, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to both the Republic of India and the Republic of Austria. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), he served as Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ambassador for Energy and Resources, Director-General for International Economic Affairs Bureau, and Deputy Director-General for Multilateral Trade Bureau. In 2006, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative for the Korean Permanent Mission to the UN and in 1999 he worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in France. He also worked as a Secretary in various offices: Senior Assistant Secretary at the Office of the President, First Secretary at the Korean Embassy in the US, Second Secretary at the Korean Embassy in the Republic of Senegal, Second Secretary at the Korean Embassy in the Central African Republic, and Second Secretary at the Korean Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium. Cho Hyun received his Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Toulouse in France, his M.A. in International Relations from both the School of Political Science in France and Columbia University in the U.S., and his B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Room B12, Elliott School of International Affairs,
The George Washington University
1957 E St. NW, Room B12, Washington, DC 20052


Opening Remarks By Edward W. Gnehm Jr.

Edward W. Gnehm Jr. is Vice Dean of Elliott School of International Affairs, Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, and Director of Middle East Policy Forum. Ambassador Gnehm joined the faculty of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in August 2004 as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs. He was appointed to his present position as Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs in August 2006. He is also Director of the Middle East Policy Forum. Prior to coming to the Elliott School, Ambassador Gnehm had a distinguished 36-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He was a member of the Senior Foreign Service and held the rank of Career Minister.

Moderated By Gregg A. Brazinsky

Gregg A. Brazinsky is Professor of History and International Affairs and Deputy Director of GW Institute for Korean Studies. His research seeks to understand the diverse and multi-faceted interactions among East Asian states and between Asia and the United States. He is the author of Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy (University of North Carolina Press, 2007) and Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). He served as Interim Director of the GW Institute for Korean Studies during the Spring 2017 semester.


The Soh Jaipil Circle is named after the famous champion of Korean independence who earned a medical degree at GW. The circle will bring together people from the academic and think tank communities for serious and engaged conversations of Korea issues.

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