News Release

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

September 6, 2007

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

“I am delighted to welcome the tenth class of CNAPS visiting fellows to Brookings,” said Talbott. “They are recognized leaders in their fields, and we are proud to have them as part of a signature program of the Institution. CNAPS has, over the past decade, established a reputation for excellence itself both here in Washington and in Asia. Year after year it has been able to attract visiting fellows of the highest standards, and this year is obviously no exception.”

Dr. Weixing Richard HU (Hong Kong) is a specialist in China and Asian international relations. At Brookings he will research “China, the United States, and Future East Asian Regionalism: Managing the Changing Balance of Influence.” Dr. Hu is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Hong Kong.

Mr. HUANG Ching-lung (Taiwan), a veteran journalist, is Deputy Director of Taiwan’s China Times newspaper. His research project at Brookings is titled “A House Divided? Media, Politics, and Democratization in Taiwan.”

Dr. Akihiro IWASHITA (Japan) will write on “A Northeast Asian Quadrangle in an Emerging Eurasian Order.” He will examine the relationship between China and Russia and consider its potential impact on the U.S.-Japan alliance. Dr. Iwashita is a professor in Hokkaido University’s Slavic Research Center.

Dr. LIM Haeran (Korea) will investigate “Democratization and Transformation Processes in East Asian Developmental States,” with special attention to financial reform and industrial policy. Dr. Lim is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Seoul National University.

Dr. PANG Zhongying (China) will research “Geo-political Changes and Regional Security Community Building” with an emphasis on potential areas for cooperation between the United States and China. Dr. Pang is professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for Global Studies at the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.

Dr. Georgy TOLORAYA (Russia), a specialist in foreign policy and Korea, will write about “The Korean Crisis from a Russian Perspective and Prospects for Russia-U.S. Cooperation.” Dr. Toloraya has served the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation as deputy chief of mission at the Russian embassy in the Republic of Korea and economic officer in the former Soviet embassy in Pyongyang, among other positions.

Established in 1998, CNAPS promotes research, analysis, and exchange 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 conduct 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, discussions, and publications.

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