ABOUT THE KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE:
One of KEI's most important missions is to broaden and deepen understanding among Americans about developments in Korea and the value of the U.S.-Korea relationship. Through its publications, outreach programs, and website, KEI offers access to current information and analysis about issues that affect the bilateral relationship and Korea. KEI is a not-for-profit, educational organization affiliated with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a public policy research institute located in Seoul and funded by the South Korean government.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Director of Research and Academic Affairs, Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)
Nicholas Hamisevicz is the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at KEI. He is responsible for issues related to North Korea and for academic outreach. He organizes and speaks in KEI's numerous university programs and academic symposia around the country. Mr. Hamisevicz is also responsible for programming and publications related to North Korea.
Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Hamisevicz was the Research Associate in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. He wrote and provided research analysis on political and security affairs in Asia, especially regarding China, Korea, and South Asia. He was also a co-author for Heritage’s publication of the Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts. Mr. Hamisevicz traveled twice to Taiwan as the lead liaison for The Heritage Foundation’s democracy building in Asia conferences.
Mr. Hamisevicz earned a Masters of Arts degree in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Arts degree in International Studies from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He is also working to improve his intermediate Korean language skills.
Economic Affairs , Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Chusok Yoon is First Secretary in the Economic Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C. Since arriving in Washington in February 2012, Mr. Yoon focuses on Korea-U.S. trade and economic issues, including the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), which was implemented on March 15th, 2012. His portfolio includes the financial sector, services trade, international development, foreign investment, and other bilateral and multilateral trade issues.
Prior to Washington, D.C., Mr. Yoon was advisor to the Minister for Trade in Seoul, Korea. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) in 1998 and served as the Deputy Director for the divisions of Development Cooperation, South and East African Affairs, and Economic Organizations, as well as the Senior Deputy Director for the APEC division.
Overseas stations include First Secretary for the Korean Delegation to the OECD in Paris and Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Korean Embassy in Lebanon. Mr. Yoon studied political science and diplomacy at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and received a Masters of Arts at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Officer of Korean Affairs , U.S. Department of State
David Muehlke has served as the Republic of Korea Desk Officer since September 2012, with responsibility for political, consular, and bilateral affairs for South Korea. David is a career Foreign Service Officer who joined the Department of State in 2005. His first assignment was as a consular officer in Guangzhou, China, followed by a position as a human rights and political officer in Athens, Greece. From 2011-2012, David served as a political-military affairs officer in Baghdad, working closely with the U.S. military during its departure from Iraq. He also served on the INR Watch, the intelligence component of the Department of State’s 24-hour Operations Center.
David has a BA in environmental science and public policy from Harvard College, and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. The son of a Foreign Service Officer, David spent his childhood years in Taipei, Beijing, and Istanbul, and regularly returned to New Hampshire during leave. David’s family lives in Woodstock, NH.