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.
January 24, 2013 KQUED "Rethinking Nuclear Weapons"
March1, 2012 MSNBC "N. Korea's Kim III fires up rhetoric"
January 31, 2012 The Stanford Daily "Gi-Wook Shin: Focusing on the future of Korea"
December 20, 2011 NYT "Son Among Mourners as North Korea’s Kim Lies in State"
Aug 18, 2011 Minyanville.com "Six Stalinists Enroll in an MBA Program -- No, This Is Not the Beginning of a Joke"
Feb 2, 2011 MinnPost "South Korea's Lee inches closer to high-level talks with North Korea"
Jan 22, 2011 Asia Times "North Korea set on third nuclear test"
Sept 28, 2010 NPR "Tough Transition Awaits N. Korean Heir-Apparent"
Sept 12, 2010 NPR "North Korea's Next Leader A Surprising Secret"
May 27, 2010 The Korean Times "Two Koreas Unlikely to Head into Armed Clash"