Kim Byungki

Kim Byungki

Professor of Politics and International Relations; Directing Head of the International Security Policy Forum at the Graduate School of International Studies; Steering Committee Member and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Development; Director- General, Korea Ministry of Education and Human Resources/ Ministry of National Defense’s Korean War National Archive Project Initiative; Steering Committee Member of the Institute of History at the Korea University

Dr. Kim, Byungki, Professor of International Security and Development, is Founder/ Directing Head of The International Policy Forum & Senior Fellow for Global Security and Development at The Center for International Education and Culture, The Global Research Institute, The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Adjunct Professor of International Security and Development at The Undergraduate Division of International Studies (DIS), and Steering Committee member at The Institute for Sustainable Development, at Korea University.

Prof. Kim is also a Visiting Fellow at The Global Economic and Financial Research Institute, Senior Fellow & Vice Chairman of Korea Institute of Public Policy Research, and Senior Fellow & Vice Chairman of ASEM Institute of International Relations, arguably three of the most influential private public policy institutions in Korea, in whose capacity he brings together makers of foreign policy, public opinion, international security, finance, trade, development and global governance policy at the most recognized level from around the globe, including the most gifted fellows from Korea and abroad as part of its global leader fellowship program. In addition to these academic portfolios, Prof. Kim is a Visiting Fellow and Advisory Council of Research Institute for Peace and Security (Seoul), a Visiting Fellow of Korea Institute for International Studies, a Fellow of Korea-Japan Relations of April Society of Korea, and a Fellow of The Institute for Korean-American Studies in Philadelphia.

Prof. Kim has authored and co-authored over 65 articles, 3 monographs and 2 edited volume in the field of international security and development, including a monumental primary digital data base on The Korean War from the newly declassified state archives in Moscow, Washington, and Seoul, including the newly devised oral interviews with the Korean War veterans, compiled, translated, and analyzed into Korean, English, Russian and Chinese.

Prof. Kim has lectured, advised and worked extensively in Europe, Asia, Americas, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the states of the former Soviet Union in the fields of international security and development.

Prof. Kim has held visiting and senior fellowships, appointments (including as well in non-residential capacity) and major research grants from numerous public policy institutions, universities and corporations around the world.

In addition to the research portfolios, Prof. Kim is widely active in the international NGO arena as a Member of High Level Advisers to The United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID), Executive Board of Friends of UN GAID Foundation (NYC), Steering Committee of The Far Eastern Broadcasting Corporation (Seoul), International Advisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Executive Vice Chair of Retired Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Non-Commissioned Officers’ Association of The Republic of Korea as well as other international public policy organizations and NGOs dealing with history, politics, defense, foreign policy, cyber-warfare, international trade, finance and development.

Prior to his current position at Korea University, Prof. Kim served as Acting Dean, Vice Dean of The GSIS/DIS, Directing Head of The Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Korea International Cooperation Agency (MOFAT KOICA)—Korea University GSIS Masters Program in International Development Studies, Directing Head of The Advanced Management Program (AMP) on Green Growth, Climate Change and Energy at The GSIS, and Founder/Directing Head of AMP on Sustainable, Transparent and Good Governance at The GSIS through which top executives from the nation’s signature state corporations, MNCs, MPs, ministers, presidential secretaries, NGO heads, media executives, heads of foreign missions and news agencies and mid-level executives from the emerging market were trained in the most urgent public policy issues of the day, while as Executive Director of Global Leadership Development Center and for Budget and Planning at The International Social Service Corps, and Vice Director of The Institute for Sustainable Development, Prof. Kim spearheaded ICT assistance in Africa, and Southeast Asia in strategic partnership with UN GAID, Friends of UN GAID Foundation, MOFAT, Ateneo de Manila University, and Uganda Ministry of ICT. During Prof. Kim’s tenure as a Member of University Committee for External Cooperation and Development and on Housing, 1997-2,002, Prof. Kim’s team headed by the University President, and later, Board Chair, restructured 300 members of the labor union and fund-raised USD 1.5 billion in enabling the University to enter in its centennial the ranks of world’s 69 most competitive universities (Quacquarelli Symonds of United Kingdom, 2020), with an annual budget of USD 1.65 billion.

In his numerous public service to the state spanning across more than nineteen agencies, ministries, specialized bureaus, and state institutions, including the Prime Ministerial and Presidential Secretariats, as the highest ranking external civilian, Prof. Kim has served as a Member of The Executive Policy Expert Council of The South Korean National Security Council, a Member of The Executive Policy Planning Advisory Council of The South Korean MND both to The Strategic Development Bureau in The Office of The Joint Chief of Staff and The International Defense Bureau in The Office of The Minister of National Defense, a Member of The Executive Policy Advisory Council of The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute to its Nuclear Policy Division, Ministry of Science and Technology, a Member of The Executive Advisory Council to The Commander of the United States Forces in Korea/Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command/United Nations Command in Korea, a Member of The Executive Policy Advisory Council to The Republic of Korea Commander of The Special Warfare Command/Deputy Commander of Korea-U.S. Combined Special Forces Command, a Member of The Presidential Advisory Council on Peaceful and Democratic Reunification, a Commissioner of The Emergency Planning Commission in The Office of the Prime Minister, a Member of the Executive Policy Advisory Council in The Ministry of National Unification to its Bureau of Inter-Korean Affairs, a Visiting Fellow to its Research Division on Communist Affairs, a Visiting Fellow of The Military Affairs Council of The Research Institute on National Security Affairs of Korea National Defense University, MND, a Member of the Visiting Board of Evaluation for The Korea Institute of Defense Analysis to its Center for Northeast Asian Strategy, the main analytical arm of The MND, a Member of Board of Trustee for The Societas Koreana(Globalization of Korean Studies Project) for The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), The Mecca of Korean Studies attached to The Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, a Visiting Fellow at The Institute of National Security and Foreign Affairs (Diplomatic Academy) of MOFAT, a Visiting Consulting Fellow at The Secretariat of The National Assembly, and Chief Economic Officer of The State Archive Initiative on The Korean War, at The Institute of History where he was also a Steering Committee member, Korea University, officially commissioned and financially supported by The Ministry of Social Policy, Education and Human Resource, and The AKS.

Professor Kim is currently a member of The Executive Policy Advisory Council of Korea Arms Control Inspection and Verification Agency, The Office of The Minister of National Defense.

Prof. Kim is also widely quoted by and writes for the major domestic and international wire services and news agencies.

A graduate of The Fessenden School, The Phillips Andover Academy and Lewis and Clark College of Portland, Oregon (B.A. in History and International Relations), Prof. Kim received an A.M. in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies from Harvard, a M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Institute of USA and Canada Studies of The Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Before joining the current position, Prof. Kim was reading for his second D.Phil. in International Relations at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.

Prof. Kim’s hobbies are strolling, biking and movie-going. He is fluent in Korean, English, and Russian. He has also been the only Korean delegate (including as founding delegate) to the Shangri- La Dialogue in Singapore for five consecutive years (2002-6, and as guest to its affiliated, 2,007 internal Forum), which brings together, as the first and only meeting of its kind in the region, all defense ministers, intelligence chiefs, CEOs of the defense-industrial complex and most recognized defense intellectuals from the European Union, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Prof. Kim is also the Founding Chair of the ministerial First and Second High-Level Korea-Central America Strategic Dialogue on Energy, Development and Trade as well as Member of International Board of Governors of the high-level Group of The Honorables for Atom for Peace and Sustainable Development (Seoul).

In the NGO sector, Prof. Kim has advised Korea Foundation, The Yun Posun Presidential Institute for Democracy (Seoul), The Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul), The World Knowledge Forum (Seoul), Maeil Kyungje Media Group, Donga Media Group, Kyunhyang Media Group, Edinburgh University, The Heritage Foundation, The Institute for Defense Analysis, The Center for New American Security, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The International Crisis Group, The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and German-Jordanian University in Amman.

In the public sector, Prof. Kim has advised The United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs, MOFAT, United States Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Intelligence Council, Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.K. Shadow Secretary of Labor, UK Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs Office, U.K. State Minister for Environment, Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Public Affairs, and Office of the President, Vice President, Minister of the State for ICT, Republic of Uganda.