U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Freeze Deal

Peter Beck

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Peter Beck
Korea Representative
The Asia Foundation
Peter Beck is a leading expert on both North and South Korea. He can discuss current developments in both countries, as well as U.S. policy toward Korea and the broader security situation in Northeast Asia.
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Peter Beck joined The Asia Foundation as Country Representative in Korea on January 3, 2012. He is a seasoned Korea specialist and former Asia Foundation Haas intern.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Beck was the Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo, and the Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University. Previously, Mr. Beck was the Northeast Asia Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul (2004-2007) and Director of Research at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC (1997-2004).  He has also served as a member of the Ministry of Unification's Policy Advisory Committee (2005 – 2007).

Mr. Beck has published over 100 articles, including in such journals as Asian Survey and Foreign Affairs as well as the Bangkok Post, Japan Times and Wall Street Journal.  He has served as a columnist for the Korea Herald, Weekly Chosun and Daily Dong-a.

Education:  Mr. Beck received his B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and conducted his graduate studies in Comparative Public Policy and International Relations at the University of California at San Diego's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Mr. Beck studied Korean at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Hanguk University of Foreign Studies.

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Recent Publications/Appearances


Feb 9, 2012 Sanford News "Acton to 'turn blue' to raise cancer awareness"

June 3, 2011 Asahi.com "South Korea Would Warmly Welcome a Visit by the Emperor"

May 27, 2011 Korea JoongAng Daily "Consider a Korea-Japan Alliance"

Feb 3, 2011 East Asia Forum "Can Mubarak Follow South Korea's Path?"


February 12, 2013 "Would Korean Reunification Cripple the South?"

January 3, 2013 BBC "US cool on Google's Eric Schmidt visiting North Korea"

Mar 1, 2012, Agence France-Presse (AFP) "Peter Beck Discusses U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Freeze Deal"  

February 27, 2012 KoreaJoonGangDaily "[INTERVIEW] Changing in response to nation's needs"

March 8, 2011 Voice of America "Obama to Name Locke as Next US Ambassador to China"

Nov 25, 2010 The Australian Broadcasting Corporation "Korea tensions the latest in a long history"

Nov 23, 2010 The Wall Streeet Journal "What is Kim Jong Il Up to Now?"


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