On August 13, Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced that three new visiting fellows will join the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) for its fall 2012 fellowship program. This group of CNAPS visiting fellows includes scholars from China, Korea, and Japan. They will be in residence at Brookings until December 14. The research theme for the 2012-2013 fellowship year is “natural disasters: preparation, response, and international coordination.”
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome this exceptional group of policy experts and practitioners to CNAPS and the Brookings community,” Talbott said. “Their expertise on natural disaster response and management in East Asia and around the world will contribute to scholarship and policy in this increasingly important field, both in Washington and in their own countries.”
CNAPS hosts two separate classes of fellows per academic year — one in the fall and another in the spring. The spring class regularly includes fellows from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and is in residence at Brookings from March to June. The CNAPS fellowship program is now in its fifteenth year.
The fall term’s fellows are:
Junhaeng Jo is a research fellow in the Department of National Transport Strategic Policy at the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI). His area of expertise is transportation management and policy. Dr. Jo’s research at CNAPS will focus on “Establishment and Operation of an Emergency Transportation System for Massive Natural Disasters.”
Nan Li is an associate research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of American Studies. His research interests include U.S.-North Korea relations, U.S.-China relations, and China-North Korea relations. While at Brookings, Dr. Li will work on a paper titled “An Emotional and Strategic Partner: China’s Humanitarian Aid to North Korea in the 21st Century.”
Goshi Tsukamoto is a country officer in the South America Division of the Latin America Bureau in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Tsukamoto is a career diplomat specializing in Latin American affairs and international cooperation policy such as official development assistance and international peace cooperation, which includes disaster reduction and mitigation issues. His CNAPS working paper will be “A Comparative Analysis of U.S. and Japanese Governmental Foreign Aid Policies in Regard to Disaster Reduction.”
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, 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.