Washington, D.C.—Brookings Vice President for Foreign Policy Bruce Jones announced today that Jonathan D. Pollack has been named the interim SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies. Pollack will continue to hold his current joint appointment as senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center on East Asia Policy Studies and the John L. Thornton China Center.
A specialist on East Asian international politics and security, he has published extensively on the political and security dynamics of the Korean Peninsula and U.S. strategy and policy in Asia and the Pacific, and Chinese political-military strategy. Pollack has authored or edited over two dozen books and research monographs, and has contributed to numerous edited volumes and leading professional journals in the United States, Asia, and Europe on China’s international strategies, the political and security dynamics of the Korean Peninsula, East Asian international politics and U.S. foreign, and defense policies in Asia and the Pacific. His book, “No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security,” was published by Routledge for the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
He received his master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. He has taught at Brandeis University, the Rand Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of California Los Angeles, and the Naval War College. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and an emeritus member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control, a standing committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
Pollack takes over the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies from Katharine Moon, who served as the inaugural holder of the Chair. Moon now is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, and returns to her position as professor of political science at Wellesley College, where she holds the Edith Stix Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies.
“We are grateful to Jonathan for stepping into the SK-Korea Foundation Chair on an interim basis, as we conduct a full search for the next chair holder,” said Richard Bush, Director of the Center on East Asia Policy Studies. “We also thank Katharine for her terrific work and contributions as the inaugural chair holder.”
Gail Chalef, Director of Communications
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