N. Korea's Kim III fires up rhetoric

David Straub
Stanford, CA

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David Straub
Assoc. Dir., Korean Studies Center
David Straub, a U.S. Foreign Service officer for nearly 30 years, is a widely respected expert on North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and U.S. policy toward the region. He accompanied former President Bill Clinton to North Korea in August of 2009.
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David Straub was named associate director of the Korean Studies Program at Shorenstein APARC on July 1, 2008. Previously he was a 2007-2008 Pantech Fellow at APARC. Straub is currently writing a book on recent U.S.-South Korean relations. He is also a member of the New Beginnings policy research group on U.S.-South Korean relations, which is co-sponsored by Shorenstein APARC and the New York-based Korea Society.  He is also serving as acting director of Korean Studies Program for 2008-09 academic year.

An educator and commentator on current Northeast Asian affairs, Straub retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2006 as a Senior Foreign Service Officer after a 30-year career focused on Northeast Asian affairs. He worked over 12 years on Korean affairs, first arriving in Seoul in 1979, just months before the assassination of President Park Chung Hee.

Straub served as head of the political section at the U.S. embassy in Seoul from 1999 to 2002 during popular protests against the U.S., and he played a key working-level role in the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear program as the State Department's Korea country desk director from 2002 to 2004. He also served eight years at the U.S. embassy in Japan. His final assignment was as the State Department's Japan country desk director from 2004 to 2006, when he was co-leader of the U.S. delegation to talks with Japan on the realignment of the U.S.-Japan alliance and of U.S. military bases in Japan.

After leaving the Department of State, Straub taught U.S.-Korean relations at The Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the fall of 2006 and at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of Seoul National University in spring 2007. He has published a number of papers on U.S.-Korean relations. His foreign languages are Korean, Japanese, and German.


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