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Fifteenth 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 spring 2013 fellowship program. The group includes experts from Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan who will be in residence at Brookings until June 28. The research theme for the 2012-2013 fellowship year is “natural disasters: preparation, response, and international coordination.”

“I am very pleased to welcome another exceptional group of visiting fellows to the Brookings community,” Talbott said. “Their work on policies to mitigate the effects of natural disasters is an important aspect of CNAPS’s research program this year.”

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 fifteenth year.

The CNAPS visiting fellows for spring 2013:

Jibum Chung is director of the Office of Disaster Management Research at the Korea Institute of Public Administration. Dr. Chung’s research interests include risk management and communication, disaster management, and social conflict management. In a paper titled “Managing Social Conflict during Disaster Situations,” he will analyze conflicts among major stakeholders in disaster management processes and will suggest legal and institutional changes to mitigate conflict.

Chun-Nen Jimmy Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of Police Administration of the School of Police Policy at Central Police University in Taiwan. His expertise includes risk assessment, urban disaster prevention, critical infrastructure protection and geo-spatial information systems. While at Brookings, Dr. Huang will work on a paper titled “Threat/Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Management for Critical Infrastructure Protection: Taiwan’s Experience and Development.”

Francis Shun Leung is superintendent in the Counter Terrorism and Internal Security Division of the Hong Kong Police Force. His area of expertise is police operations, and he has held leadership positions in both operations and education and exchange. During his CNAPS visiting fellowship Mr. Leung will conduct research on improving Hong Kong’s strategy, services, and public awareness of the results of large-scale disasters.

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.  

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