News Release

New Class of Visiting Fellows Joins Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies

September 3, 2003

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

“I am delighted to welcome this year?s class of visiting fellows to Brookings,” said Talbott. “They are a truly impressive group, and we anticipate a dynamic and productive year. As eminent scholars and policy practitioners from Asia, this group is uniquely qualified to offer fresh perspectives on the important policy challenges facing Northeast Asia today. We look forward to the results of their individual and collective research and analysis.”

ALEXEI BOGATUROV (RUSSIA) will analyze America’s growing military and political presence in Central Asia and its implications for major players in the region, especially an increasingly strong China. Bogaturov is a professor of international politics at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. [email protected], or 202/797-4365.

SOOK-JONG LEE (SOUTH KOREA) will study the correlation between South Korea’s changing security norms in the post-cold war system and the hosting of U.S. troops, a major factor provoking anti-American sentiment. Her research will also investigate the future of the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Lee is a senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute in Korea. [email protected], or 202/797-2488.

ERICH SHIH (TAIWAN) will examine the role of perception, identity, and ideology in Taiwan’s relationship with the United States and research the causes of the Taiwan government’s problems in its relations with Washington. Shih is the Washington correspondent for TVBS Taiwan. [email protected], or 202/797-2489.

HIDEKI YAMAJI (JAPAN) will examine Japan’s nonproliferation policy; security dialogue and defense exchanges between Japan and China; U.S.-Republic of Korea-Japan cooperation; and Japan’s future role in the U.S.-Japan alliance. Yamaji has worked for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1986, most recently as chief of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement Section and the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty Division in the North American Bureau. [email protected], or 202/797-6184.

YUAN PENG (CHINA) will study the Taiwan question in the context of Sino-U.S. counterterrorism cooperation. Yuan is deputy director and associate professor at the American Studies Center at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations and a lecturer in Hubei University’s Department of History. [email protected], or 202/797-2467.

Established in 1998, CNAPS serves as a locus for research, analysis, and outreach designed to enhance policy development and understanding on the pressing political, economic, and security issues facing Northeast Asia. As its flagship program, the Visiting Fellows Program offers mid-career fellowships that bring up to six fellows from Northeast Asia to conduct individual and collaborative research and interact with the U.S. policymaking and academic communities. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Bush, CNAPS also sponsors an array of policy-oriented seminars, roundtables, discussions, and publications.

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