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

September 3, 2008

Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced today the arrival of five new visiting fellows at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings (CNAPS). This year’s fellows come from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and will participate in the center’s ten-month program.

“I am delighted to welcome the eleventh class of CNAPS visiting fellows to Brookings,” said Talbott. “This year’s class contains recognized leaders in the policy, academic and journalism communities of Northeast Asia, with expertise on a range of regional and global issues. With their talent and experience, the new fellows will make significant contributions to CNAPS’s leadership in policy analysis and exchange between the United States and Asia.”

Keiko Iizuka is deputy political editor for The Yomiuri Shimbun, a leading daily newspaper in Japan. Ms. Iizuka’s topical specialties include the Japan-U.S. alliance, Japan-China relations, and greater-Northeast Asian political and security relations. While at Brookings, Ms. Iizuka will research and write about “The Politics of U.S. Policy toward Japan in the New Administration, 2009.”

Jin Linbo is a diplomatic historian and opinion leader. Dr. Jin is a senior research fellow at the China Institute for International Studies and specializes in Sino-Japanese relations. His CNAPS paper, “The History Issue in China-Japan Relations and Its Relevance to the United States,” will include policy recommendations for the resolution of bilateral and multi-lateral disputes.

Liu Shih-chung recently completed eight years of service in government as counselor and senior counselor to Taiwan’s president, and then as vice chairperson of the research and planning committee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He writes frequently on domestic politics and international relations. The topic of his CNAPS research project is “Taiwan’s Role in Building a Northeast Asia Order.”

Park Sun-won served in Korea’s Blue House from 2003 to 2008, first as senior director for national security strategy and planning and then as secretary to the president for national security strategy. While at Brookings, Dr. Park will write about “How the U.S.-ROK Alliance Worked under the Bush and Roh Governments, 2003-2007,” exploring how the governments in Washington and Seoul have found common ground despite sometimes major differences in their agendas and ideologies.

Zheng Hao, a veteran journalist, is deputy director of current affairs and specials for Phoenix Satellite Television, a major Chinese-language television news channel based in Hong Kong. Mr. Zheng specializes in security issues in Northeast, Southeast and Central Asia. Zheng’s CNAPS paper will analyze the security aspects of international relations in Central Asia, with a view toward forecasting a possible military dimension for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Established in 1998, CNAPS promotes research, analysis and exchange and is designed to enhance policy development and understanding on the pressing political, security and economic issues facing Northeast Asia. The Visiting Fellows Program, the Center’s flagship initiative, offers mid-career fellowships that bring up to six fellows each year from Northeast Asia to Brookings 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.

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