Professor Chung-In Moon, from Yonsei University, was a guest speaker at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific on 30 June.
In this podcast recording he discusses South Korea's stragetic diplomacy towards China and the United States.
He says South Korea is seeking to strengthen its bilateral alliance with the U.S. without necessarily undermining its strategic cooperative partnership with China. However, this ideal diplomatic aim often encounters a harsh reality that calls for making a choice between the two giants. Professor Moon examines the dilemma of Seoul's strategic diplomacy in two most recent debates, over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
Chung-in Moon is a Professor of Political Science at Yonsei University and Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a quarterly magazine in English. He is also Executive Director of the Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library and Museum, and previously served as Dean of Yonsei’s Graduate School of International Studies. He has published over 40 books and 260 articles. His recent publications include Understanding Japan's Strategic Thinking (in Korean 2013, in Chinese in 2015), The Sunshine Policy-In Defense of Engagement as a Path to Peace in Korea (2012), and Exploring the Future of China (in Korean 2010 and Chinese in 2012). He has taught at Williams College, University of Kentucky, Duke Univebersity, and University of California San Diego. He also held visiting professorships at Keio University and Beijing University.
Professor Moon is currently a member of the Park Geun-hye government’s Presidential Committee on Unification Preparation. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Roh Moo-hyun government’s Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post; and Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea.