Kim Byungki

Kim Byungki

Professor of Politics and International Relations and Directing Head of International Security Policy Forum, Graduate School of International Studies; Senior Fellow and Steering Committee Member, Institute for Sustainable Development, Korea University; Ph.D. (Republic of Korea)

Dr. Byungki Kim, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Ph. D., is Founding Directing Head of International Security Policy Forum at the Graduate School of International Studies, and Vice Director at The Institute for Sustainable Development at Korea University and Visiting Fellow at Global Economic and Financial Research Institute, in whose capacity Prof. Kim brings together makers of foreign policy, public opinion, national security, finance, trade, development and global governance policy at the highest level from around the globe, including the most gifted fellows from Korea and abroad as part of its global leader fellowship program and conducts advanced policy research and training in the relevant field.

Prior to his current position, Prof. Kim served as Acting Dean, Vice Dean of The GSIS/Division of International Studies, Directing Head of The Advanced Management Program (AMP) on Global Transparency and The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Korea International Cooperation Agency—Korea University GSIS Masters Program in International Development Studies, Directing Head of AMP on Green Growth, Climate Change and Energy at The GSIS, Executive Director of University Global Leadership Development Center, Executive Director of University Office of International Affairs, Executive Director for Planning at The International Social Service Corps, Member of University Committee for External Cooperation and Development and University Committee on Housing. During 1999-2002, Korea University restructured 300 members of the labor union and fund-raised a half billion USD in enabling the University to enter in its centennial the ranks of world’s 150 most competitive universities (The Times of London, 2007), with an annualized budget of USD 1.5 billion.

Prof. Kim has authored and co-authored over 60 articles, 2 monographs and 1 edited volume in the field of international security, lectured extensively in Europe, Asia, Americas, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa and the states of the former Soviet Union.

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

In addition to the research and administrative portfolios, Prof. Kim is widely active in media, corporate, sports, non-governmental (NGO) and international organization circles as a Member of High Level Advisers to the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID), Executive Board Member of Friends of UN GAID Foundation (NY), a Steering Committee Member of The Far Eastern Broadcasting Corporation (Seoul), Executive Committee Member of Luxembourg Convention on Prevention of Nuclear Catastrophe (Luxembourg), Asia Society Korea Center, Contemporary Korean Society for European Affairs as well as other numerous public policy research organizations and NGOs dealing with history, political science, defense, foreign policy, trade, finance, cyber-warfare, Eurasia, Germany and Northeast Asia.

In his continuing role as a major force behind the Korean government and its strategic partners and allies around the globe, Prof. Kim has either served or is serving as a Member of Policy Expert Council of the South Korean National Security Council, a Member of the Policy Planning Advisory Council of the South Korean Ministry of National Defense, a Member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, a Member of the Senior Advisory Council to The Commander of the U.S. Forces in Korea (U.S.F.K.)/Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC)/United Nations Command (UNC) in Korea, a Member of the Advisory Council to the Republic of Korea Commander of the Special Warfare Command, a Member of The Presidential Advisory Council on Peaceful and Democratic Reunification, a Member of The Emergency Planning Commission in the Office of the Prime Minister, a Member of the Policy Advisory Council in the Ministry of National Re-unification, and a Member of the Visiting Board of Evaluation for the Korea Institute of Defense Analysis, the main analytical arm of the Ministry of National Defense, a Member of Board of Trustee for the Societas Koreana (Globalization of Korean Studies Project) for The Academy of Korean Studies, the Mecca of Korean studies, attached to the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy and a Member of Board of Korea Defense and Security Forum, one of the most recognized independent defense policy fora in Seoul, comprised of representative NGOs, GOs, media and the private sector.

Since the beginning of his advisory activities, he has been sought by chiefs of defense, security, foreign affairs and culture/information agencies in, but not necessarily limited to, Seoul and Washington, including the respective committees in the South Korean National Assembly and the U.S. Congress, whose service included drafting of a more intensified, centralized training program for the United States Forces in Korea as well as government reports on Northeast Asia multilateralism and operational concepts for ground-to-ground missile system, for, respectively the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense and Republic of Korea Air Force.

Prof. Kim has also advised extensively other educational, philanthropic and public sectors, including The Salzburg Global Seminar, Lech Walensa Foundation, Free University of Berlin, Ateneo University, South Korean National Assembly Social and Labour Committee, International Parliamentary Union for Social Services (Seoul), Korea Foundation, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), U.S. Department of State, U.S. National Intelligence Council, U.S. Department of Defense, as well as governments of Uganda, Mongolia and the Russian Federation.

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 A.M. in Russian and East European Studies from Harvard, M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Institute of U.S. 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 The University of Oxford.

Prof. Kim’s hobbies are strolling, biking and movie-going. He is fluent in Korean, English, and Russian and enjoys visiting foreign countries. He has also been the only Korean delegate to the Shangri- La Dialogue in Singapore for the five consecutive years (2002-6), which brings together all defense ministers, CEOs of the defense-industrial complex and most recognized defense intellectuals from the EU, Northeast Asia, Oceania and the Americas.