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Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Stephen Bosworth Named Chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS

Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, Chairman, U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS (Photo: Anja Niedringhaus/AP)

Washington, D.C.—June 25, 2013— Stephen Bosworth, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, will join the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as the new chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at SAIS, effective July 1.

Bosworth recently retired as dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a position he assumed in 2001 after a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Department of State.

“Ambassador Bosworth is one of America’s most distinguished diplomats with deep knowledge of Korea, its global role and regional interests. He will be a valuable addition to SAIS’s Korean Studies Program and the U.S.-Korea Institute’s critical work on Korea and Asia,” said SAIS Dean Vali Nasr.

During his 30 years in the foreign service, Bosworth served as U.S. ambassador to Tunisia, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea as well as director of Policy Planning at the State Department. After leaving the government, Bosworth was president of the United States-Japan Foundation from 1987 to 1995 and the executive director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization from 1995 to 1997. He also served as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy for the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

He has authored numerous articles and studies on public policy and international affairs. In 2006, he co-authored with Morton Abramowitz, Chasing the Sun: Rethinking East Asian Policy.

As USKI’s new chairman, Bosworth succeeds Don Oberdorfer, the founder of the institute, who will become chairman emeritus.

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS works to increase information and understanding of Korea and Korean affairs. USKI’s efforts combine innovative research with a repertoire of outreach activities and events that encourage the broadest possible debate and dialogue among scholars, policymakers, students, NGO and business leaders, and all those with an interest in the Korean peninsula. USKI also sponsors the Korea Studies Program at SAIS, a growing policy studies program preparing the next generation of leaders in the area of Korean affairs. For more information, visit www.uskoreainstitute.org.

SAIS is one of world’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Located along Embassy Row in Washington’s Dupont Circle area, the school enrolls more than 600 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 16,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs. SAIS also has campuses in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China.

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