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Distinguished Scholar Joseph Nye, Jr. to Speak at Pacific Forum Dinner
Monday, 07 December 2009
A fund-raiser for PF's Korean Studies/Fellowship Program.

If you want to learn more about recent foreign policy developments in the Asia-Pacific Region from one of America's top scholars, don't miss this event. 

The Pacific Forum CSIS will be holding its annual Board of Governors' Dinner on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Dinner begins at 7:00 pm. The speaker will be Dr. Joseph Nye, Jr., one of America’s most distinguished scholars in the field of International Relations, who was recently considered a finalist for the appointment of Ambassador to Japan.

The dinner is a benefit for the Forum’s James A. Kelly Korean Studies/Fellowship Program which focuses on Korean Peninsula studies. This program benefits the “Kelly Fellows”—individuals who often have a considerable research background in North and South Korea. They participate in the Forum’s Young Leaders program, perform in-residence research, and take part in a continuing series of forums that the Forum hosts throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Ist row:  Catherine Boye (USA), Ana Villavicencio (Ecuador), Joni Caminos (USA).
2nd row:  Qinghong Wang (China), Young-Jin Yang (South Korea), Trang Thuy Pham (Vietnam), Russ Gottwald (USA). 
3rd row:  Justin Bishop (USA), Chris Gin (USA), Dr. Joseph Nye, Jr., Michael Bosack (USA), Jared Rudacille (USA). 

Mr. Kelly currently holds the Scowcraft Chair in International Security Studies at the Forum. He previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and primary Six-Party Talks negotiator, and was formerly the President of The Pacific Forum.

Nye’s notion of "smart power" became popular with members of the new Obama Administration in 2009. He is currently University Distinguished Service Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He previously served as dean there.

Nye testifying before the National Security & Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on November 6, 2007. The Committee was seeking his input on security threats in a post-9/11 world.

From 1977-1979, Nye was Deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology and chaired the National Security Council Group on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. From 1993 to 1994, he was chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates intelligence estimates for the President. He also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Clinton Administration.

Young Leader Young-Jin Yang from South Korea with
James Kelly.  

Nye is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and has published a great many works in recent years, the most recent being Understanding International Conflicts (7th edition) (2009). He is considered one of the foremost liberal thinkers on foreign policy.  The 2008 TRIP survey of 1700 international relations scholars ranked him as the sixth most influential scholar of the past twenty years, and the most influential on American foreign policy.

There are currently over 25 Kelly Fellows, many of whom are South Korean nationals. Many are studying for their M.A. or Ph.D. in studies relating to the two Koreas. Others are well-established in their professions, and many have published papers the field of international affairs.

There are presently two Resident Kelly Fellows: Ms. Dayea “Diana” Park and Ms. Adrian Yi.

Ms. Park, who was born in South Korea and came to the US when she was seven, graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.  She majored in International Politics with a Security Studies concentration. She is the Founder and President of Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THINK), which helps raise awareness of human rights conditions and supports humanitarian relief operations. Her research interests include the ROK space program and the regional implications of its continued space ambitions.

Kelly Fellows:  Diana Park (left) and Adrian Yi.  

“The Kelly Fellowship has offered me a unique opportunity to join the Asia-Pacific policy world,” Park said. “It has given me the chance to not only hear different ideas, but contribute to the discussion, as well…to come up with creative solutions to stale problems.”

The Young Leaders Program places bright young people at far-reaching diplomatic conferences and encourages them to interact with senior distinguished academics, high-level government leaders and high-ranking military personnel. They learn from the older participants, and the older participants learn from them.

Park has attended meetings which have focused on the new emerging issues of the Asia-Pacific Region, and these issues often involve South Korea.

“I’ve found that my particular focus on South Korea’s defense industry and energy policies is on-the-mark, as these topics are sure to become highly important in the future,” she said.

Park is going through the process of becoming a Naval Intelligence Officer.  If successful, she'll be off to Officer Candidate School, and then on to Intelligence School. 

Ms. Yi, from Alaska, completed her M.A. in Korean studies at the University of Hawaii, and served as a Research Assistant with the Korean Institute for Defense Analysis as part of the State Department’s Korea Flagship Program. She previously studied abroad in Japan and worked with the Department of State at the American Institute in Taiwan. Her research interests involve Korea’s next-generation leadership and related implications towards Korean reunification and the ROK-US security alliance.

According to Ms. Joni Caminos, Pacific Forum’s Development Assistant, “Dr. Nye has been one of this country’s most experienced and knowledgeable leaders in foreign affairs. The dinner will offer an important opportunity to gain his insight into US foreign policy priorities throughout Asia.”

And, she added: “The dinner will also offer a great chance to support the Kelly Fellows—future leaders in the area of Korean Studies and Affairs."

Good news for the Fellowship Program: an anonymous donor will match all incoming Kelly Fellowship donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million.

For further information and to sign up for the dinner, please email Ms. Caminos at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 521-6745.

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