Dr. Joel Campbell

Dr. Campbell was born in Ohio, grew up in Texas, and has lived in Arizona, Missouri, and Tennessee.  He was awarded a doctorate in political science from Miami University (Ohio), and a Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  Based on his Master’s degree, he worked in several government offices, including the Texas House Speaker’s office and the Tennessee Valley Authority.  His Bachelor’s degree in History was from the University of Texas at El Paso. 

Joel Campbell has had a life-long interest in East Asia and international politics.  He spent sixteen years in Japan, first as a student and then as an editor for a Japanese securities firm, and finally as a professor at three schools.  At Tohoku University in Sendai, sometimes called the MIT of Japan, he offered courses on international political economy and international culture.  Moving to Miyazaki International College in Kyushu, he led classes in political science, economics, and international studies.  Most recently, at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, he taught courses on the Japanese economy and business, the Chinese economy and politics, East Asian political economies, and Asian integration and globalization.  

He has lived in Korea three times, and has taught at three Korean institutions:  Chung Ang, Yonsei, and Kyung Hee Universities.  His doctoral dissertation, later published in book form, was on the changing role of the state in Korean science and technology policy.  He has also studied in Mainland China and worked in Taiwan.

He has written numerous articles for academic journals on topics ranging from combating terrorism and money laundering to European Union economic integration and technology policy.  The bulk of his publications have focused on the politics and political economy of East Asia, especially in Japan, South Korea, and China. 

Dr. Joseph J. Dallao

Dr. Joseph J. Dallao currently serves as Vice President for L-3 Communications and has been responsible for running L-3’s Korean operations since February 2007.

Dr. Dallao is a specialist on Korean Affairs and has over 20 years of experience in Korea working in numerous positions in business, government and academia. He has experience in negotiating at the highest levels of the US government to include negotiations with the North Korean government, South Korean government, and numerous multinational Korean corporations. Dr. Dallao also serves as Chairman of the Aerospace and Defense Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

Dr. Dallao retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of service supporting the United States Forces Korea. He earned a Doctorate in International Relations from Yonsei University, a MBA also from Yonsei University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Dr. Brendan Howe

Dr. Brendan Howe received his PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, MA in Internationak Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent Canterbury, and BA/MA in Modern History from Oxford University. He also studied international law at Georgetown University while on a research fellowship, and is certified as a Negotiation Workshop Facilitator by the Conflict Management Group, Harvard University. Dr. Howe was the POSCO Visiting Research Fellow in Politics, Governance and Security, at the East-West Center, Hawaii; and also held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Centre for International Security Studies, University of Stdney, and the Research Institute for National Security Affairs, Korea National Defense University. He was a Senior Lecturer on International Relations at the Universiti Malaysia, Sarawak; taught English, History and Political Science in the undergraduate service program at the Tutorial Center, Merced College, Merced Ca.; and served as a Visiting Professor of History and International Relations at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, P.R.C.

Dr. Howe has authored numerous articles for major International/SSCI Journals, written many papers and reviews, and made professional presentations at International Relations conferences around the world on many occasions. His published works include:

  • International Negotiations: Theory and Practice (with Byung-Il Choi) (2007). Seoul: Ewha University Press
  • International Studies Primer (Editor and lead Author) (2005). Seoul: Ewha Press
  • Comparative Military Interventions: The Question of Legitimacy (2004). Dublin: Trinity College, PhD Thesis
  • Geopolitics, Geopolitik, and Nazi Foreign Policy (1993). Canterbury: UKC, MA Thesis

Dr. Matthias Maass

Matthias Maass received his PhD (International Relations) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy/Tufts University. He also holds MA degrees from the Free University Berlin /Germany (History; American Studies) and Monash University in Melbourne/Australia (International Relations). He has taught in Hanoi/Vietnam (Institute for International Relations), Paris/France (American University of Paris; Graduate School of International Relations), Honolulu (Hawai’i Pacific University), Singapore (National University of Singapore), and Seoul/Korea (Seoul National University, Yonsei University).

The research of Dr. Maass is focused on a) small state survival, and b) Northeast Asian security issues. His research on small state survival and proliferation sits at the interface of International Relations theory and Diplomatic History. His research on regional security affairs has centered on traditional understanding of security, the broader Realist paradigm, and North Korea’s nuclear strategy.

He recently published in Asia Europe Journal, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis and in Issues & Studies. An edited volume on “Foreign Policies and Diplomacies in Asia, Changes in Practice, Concepts, and Thinking in a Rising Region” is forthcoming with Amsterdam UP, as is a chapter on President Barack Obama’s perception in Korea. The latter follows in the footsteps of his edited volume of the 2008 presidential election in the US. Currently, Maass is working on journal-length manuscripts on US drone strike policy, small states, and coercive diplomacy, and on a book manuscript on the survival and proliferation of small states since 1648.

Dr. Daniel A. Pinkston

Daniel A. Pinkston is the Northeast Asia Deputy Project Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul. Prior to joining the International Crisis Group, he was director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Pinkston received his Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and he has a M.A. in Korean studies from Yonsei University. He is the author of The North Korean Ballistic Missile Program, and has published several scholarly articles and book chapters on Korean security affairs. He also served as a Korean linguist in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Sungjin Kang

Dr. Sungjin Kang is an in-house counsel at sanofi-aventis Korea, a French global pharmaceutical company. He obtained PhD degree from Korea University in 2015 about the extraterritorial application of antitrust laws. He is a member of the bar in the State of New York. Prior to his current position, he spent two years at LG Group as an in-house counsel, working on international commercial disputes and antitrust investigations. Prior to that, he spent four years in Belgium as an attorney at international law firms, practicing the European Union antitrust, European Union trade and World Trade Organization laws. He was a Judge Advocate General officer in Korean Army between 2005 and 2008, working primarily on international legal issues between Korea and the United States.

He earned a Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent) at Korea University in 2000 and later earned a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 2001 at the University of Michigan Law School. He also received a Postgraduate Diploma in European Union laws by the University of London (UCL / Queens College) in 2011. He spent a year at Georgetown University Law Center as a visiting researcher and Institute of International Economic Law Fellow between August 2002 and August 2003. Dr. Kang’s major area of focus is public international law, international economic law, and antitrust law.

Dr. Clifton W. Sherrill

Dr. Sherrill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Alabama (1994), his Master’s degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from Missouri State University (2000), and his Ph.D. in International Relations from Florida State University (2003). In addition, he earned a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (1997).

Dr. Sherrill is a former U.S. Marine and a veteran of the 1990-91 Gulf War. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked as an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Counterterrorism Division where his assignments included detailing to the National Counterterrorism Center and service in Iraq in 2005-06. He has been an active member of the Florida Bar since 1997. Prior to joining the Troy University faculty, Dr. Sherrill was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Pre-Law program at Mississippi College.

Dr. Sherrill’s research interests include U.S. defense policy, nuclear strategy, and counterterrorism. He has published in Comparative Strategy, Strategic Insights, Military Review, and Asian Affairs: An American Review, and has recently completed a book manuscript on Iranian Islamism.

Dr. Hieyeon Keum

Dr. Hieyeon Keum was born in, and grew up in, Korea. He finished his B. A. degree in Political Science at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and his Masters in International Law and Diplomacy at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. He majored in Chinese domestic and foreign policies, and mastered the Chinese language. He received his Ph. D. in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio), and his dissertation focused on Post-Maoist Chinese Political Leadership Changes.

After working as a Research Fellow at the Hyundai Research Institute, he has been teaching at the Department of International Relations at the University of Seoul. Dr. Keum was also Chairman of the Korean Association for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Vice President of the Korea Association of Political Science and Board Member of the Korea Association of International Relations. He served as a member of the China Policy Advisory Scholars Committee for Korean President Roh Mu Hyun.

Dr. Keum has also served as the University of Seoul International Relations Department Chair, Executive Dean of the Institute of International Cooperation and Education, and the Dean of the College of Law and Public Administration. He has also taught International Relations and Political Science as a visiting professor at many universities, such as Rikkyo University and Keio University in Japan, Sciences Po Rennes in France, and Zhengzhou Light Industry University in China. Dr. Keum has published numerous papers in Korean and international journals and has presented papers at international conferences all over the world.

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