Dr. Jong Kun Choi is currently Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Yonsei University. Choi specializes in International Relations theories, Northeast Asian security, national identity and foreign policy attitudes.
From July, 2017 to February, 2020. Professor Choi served as Republic of Korea President Moon Jae In’s Secretary for Peace & Arms Control at the Office of National Security, the Blue House. He led South Korea’s negotiation team to conclude the Comprehensive Military Agreement with North Korea, which was signed during the Inter-Korean Summit, Pyongyang, September 19, 2018. He was appointed as President Moon’s Secretary for Peace Planning to work on the Korean Peace Process until August 14, 2020. He coordinated South Korea’s strategies with the White House during the Trump Administration. On August 15, 2020, he was appointed as Korea’s first civilian and youngest 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. Particularly, he successfully negotiated the release of South Korea’s tanker ship, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in January, 2021. He completed his Vice Minister tenure on May 10, 2022 when the Moon administration ended its term. He then returned to Yonsei University.
His academic articles have so far appeared in Washington Quarterly, Review of International Studies, International Security, Global Asia, Asian Perspective, International Politics, Korea Journal of Defense Analysis, Korea and World Politics, Korean Political Science Review, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Korean Journal of International Studies and etc.
Dr. Choi received his Ph.D from the Department of Political Science, the Ohio State University, in 2006 and his MA in Political Science from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 2000, and his BA in Political Science from the University Of Rochester, NY in 1998. He went to All Saints’ College for his high school education in Bathurst, NSW, Australia.