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H.E. Dr. Cheol-hee Park

Chancellor of Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Republic of Korea
Dr. Cheol Hee Park has been appointed as Chancellor of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy(KNDA) as of March 31, 2023. He has been a professor at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Seoul National University since 2004. He was director of Institute for Japanese Studies (2012-1016), dean of the GSIS (2016-2018), and director of Institute of International Affairs (2019-2023) at Seoul National University. He served as President of the Korean Association for Contemporary Japanese Studies in 2017.
Dr. Park acquired Ph.D. degree at Columbia University in the City of New York, after obtaining B.A. and M.A. at the political science department at Seoul National University. Before joining a faculty at Seoul National University in 2004, he was an assistant professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan between 1999 and 2002 and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) between 2002 and 2004. He was a visiting professor at Columbia University, University of Tokyo, Keio University, and Nankai University in Chia. In 2022, he served as a senior staff at the Subcommittee on Foreign Relations and Security of the Presidential Transition Committee.
In his personal capacity, Dr. Park worked as a board member at several thinktanks, including Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Sejong Foundation, East Asia Foundation, and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He also served as a non-resident senior research fellow at the Atlantic Council. For ten years between 2012 and 2021, he wrote a column at Tokyo Shimbun. He has written a number of columns at Chousn Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo, Munhwa Ilbo, Maeil Business Newspaper, and the Seoul Newspaper.
Dr. Park wrote a number of books and articles in Korean, English, and Japanese, including a book titled “LDP Politics and the Transformation of Postwar Japanese Regime(Seoul National University Press, 2011).