The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today announced that Dr. Han Sung-Joo has been selected as this year’s Marshall M. Bouton Asia Fellow. Dr. Han, who served as South Korea’s Foreign Minister and earlier as its Ambassador to the U.S., arrives at the Council at a time when tensions between North Korea and the U.S. are at an all-time high. No stranger to North Korea’s nuclear threat, Dr. Han played a critical role in halting the country’s burgeoning nuclear weapons program under the 1994 Geneva Agreed Framework.
“The United States’ future is irrevocably linked to Asia’s, and Dr. Han has an unmatched vantage point from which to assess the importance of this relationship,” said Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “It is critical that we explore the shifting economic, political and military landscape emerging throughout Asia, examine its implications for the U.S., and directly engage each other to help promote peace and prosperity across our increasingly interconnected continents and countries.”
Dr. Han will visit Chicago Nov. 1-7, and deliver the annual Marshall M. Bouton Public Lecture on Nov. 2 exploring critical issues surrounding U.S.-Korea relations. During his visiting fellowship at the Council on Global Affairs, he will also speak at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and meet with various civic leaders, corporate executives and experts who will benefit from his outstanding insights and expertise on Asian security and economics.
“Whatever scenario materializes in North Korea, nuclear weapons that threaten its neighbors and the United States will not help save the regime, just as thousands of nuclear warheads could not protect the Soviet Empire from collapsing,” said Dr. Han Sung-Joo.
This annual visiting fellowship was created to explore Asia’s growing economic and political development. Dr. Han is the second recipient of this fellowship – an endowment on behalf of former Council President Marshall M. Bouton.
Dr. Han currently serves as the honorary chairman of the International Policy Studies Institute of Korea and Professor Emeritus at Korea University. Previously, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, UN Secretary General’s special representative for Cyprus, member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, chairman of the East Asia Vision Group, and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States.
He received a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of Seoul National University.