Sixteenth Class of Visiting Fellows Joins the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings

Washington, D.C. — Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced today that three new visiting fellows will join the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) for its fall 2013 fellowship program. The group includes experts from China, Japan and Korea who will be in residence at Brookings until December 20. The research theme for the 2013-2014 fellowship year is China.

“This outstanding group of CNAPS fellows includes experts from three important nations in Northeast Asia,” Talbott said.  “I am pleased that they will be joining the Brookings community and am certain that they will make significant contributions through their expertise and research on China.”

CNAPS hosts two separate classes of fellows per academic year—one in the fall and another in the spring—in which scholars and practitioners conduct individual policy research within a defined theme. The CNAPS fellowship program is now in its sixteenth year.

The CNAPS visiting fellows for fall 2013 are:

Jaeho Hwang is dean of the Division of International Studies at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. His research interests include security issues and China-Republic of Korea (ROK) relations. Dr. Hwang’s CNAPS working paper is tentatively titled “The Park Geun-hye Government’s New China Policy: the Korea-China Trust-Building Process and Enrichment of the Strategic Cooperative Partnership.”

Jun Osawa is a senior research fellow at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) in Tokyo. His research interests include Northeast Asian international relations, East-Asian maritime security and cyber-security, and Japanese foreign policy. While at Brookings, Mr. Osawa will work on a paper titled “U.S.-China Great Power Rivalry? Contrasting Perceptions of the Rise of China and Transformations of Strategy toward China.”

Zhenming Zhong is an associate professor in the School of Political Science and International Relations at Tongji University in Shanghai. Dr. Zhong’s research interests include international relations, security issues, and nuclear strategy. In a paper titled “Nuclear Nonproliferation, Power Dynamics and Regional Stability Revisited: China’s Approach to Addressing the Nuclear Crisis on the Korean Peninsula,” he will examine strategies and policies that can be used to optimize China’s stance on the nuclear crisis occurring on the Korean Peninsula.

Established in 1998, CNAPS promotes research, analysis and exchange and is designed to enhance policy development and understanding on issues facing Northeast Asia. The Visiting Fellows Program, the Center’s flagship initiative, brings up to eight mid-career professionals from Northeast Asia to Brookings each year to conduct research and interact with the U.S. policymaking and academic communities. Under the direction of Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Bush, CNAPS also sponsors an array of policy-oriented seminars, discussions, and publications, including the Brookings Northeast Asia Commentary.