Kee Hoon Chung is a first year SAIS M.A. candidate, dual concentrating in Korea and China studies. Through SAIS education, Kee Hoon hopes to deepen understanding of the international relations to improve South Korea’s diplomatic relations with rest of the world. His additional academic interests include the diplomatic identity of states and diplomacy through non state actors.

Kee Hoon earned his B.A. in International Relations with focus on American Foreign Policy and security studies from Stanford University. Before coming to SAIS, Kee Hoon interned in a variety of places, one of the places being the U.S. Senate, where his primary issue areas were the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and human rights.

Paul Elliott is a first year SAIS M.A. candidate, concentrating in Korea Studies. Before coming to SAIS, Paul worked in Political Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC, where he monitored developments in Northeast Asia and reported on major issues in American foreign policy.

Paul’s interests are in North Korean nuclear issues as well as the U.S.-ROK Alliance and the development of South Korean foreign policy outside of the Korean Peninsula. He holds a B.A. in Government and English from Georgetown University.

Ian Howard is a first year SAIS M.A. candidate, concentrating in Korea Studies. He earned his B.A. in International Business from Washington State University. After graduating, he spent 2 years in the Kansai region of Japan where he worked for a Japanese components manufacturer. Afterwards, he spent 2 years in the Tokyo area and 2 years in Hong Kong working in film distribution.

Ian’s interests are primarily in the potential economic and political consequences of a sudden unification of the two Koreas, as well as the potential conflict between the U.S. and China should such an event occur.

Regina Kim is a first year SAIS M.A. candidate, concentrating in Korea Studies. She obtained a B.A. in French from Yale University in 2007. After graduation, she visited South Korea for the first time, an experience that fascinated her so much that she decided to stay for a year. While there, she taught SAT to Korean high school students and then interned for the Culture and Arts Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT). During her internship at MOFAT, she developed a particular interest in soft power and Korean cultural diplomacy. At SAIS, Regina hopes to explore these two topics more in depth and increase her knowledge of contemporary Korea in general.

Erin Kruth is a second year SAIS M.A. candidate, dual concentrating in Korea and Japan Studies, and specializing in International Finance. At the conclusion of her first year, Erin received a State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean at Kyung Hee University, as well as a fellowship from the Asia Foundation to participate in a study tour in China.

Prior to pursuing her advanced degree, Erin led the open-source research team as a Project Manager at Evidence Based Research, Inc. in Vienna, Virginia. Erin is a graduate of the George Washington University, where she earned a B.A. in International Affairs, Asian Studies, and Japanese Language and Literature. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to South Korea where she taught English in Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do.

Chris Liu is a first year SAIS M.A. candidate, dual concentrating in Korea and Southeast Asia Studies, with a focus on Vietnam. Born in Boston, Chris moved to Hong Kong in 1997, where he attended high school. There he began to appreciate how dynamic and diverse Asia was. Upon finishing high school, Chris went to Beijing and received a B.A. in International Relations from Peking University. There he was extremely active in the university’s student government, Model United Nations program, and was the President of the Foreign Student Union. Also, Chris was a co-founder of “Insider,” a Korean-language magazine focusing on Sino-Korea relations and academic publications of Korean students studying in China.

During his time in University, Chris interned at Reuters Beijing where was part of the reporting on the fourth round of 6-party talks on North Korea’s Nuclear Issue. After graduation, Chris started an import-export business in Beijing/Shenzhen with friends. Eighteen months later, Chris decided to return to academics and completed his China journey by attending the Hopkins Nanjing Center. At SAIS, Chris hopes to utilize his unique background and experiences to serve as a bridge between America, China, and other countries in East Asia.

Zander Lanfried is a first year SAIS M.A. candidate, concentrating in Korea Studies. His interests include South Korea’s economic development and current economic climate, the rapidly evolving security situation with North Korea, and South Korea’s nascent role as a cultural leader in Northeast Asia. Zander earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2002. Through his involvement in Princeton in Asia, he worked in Bangkok, Thailand for a year. After returning to the U.S. for a short time, he moved back to Thailand to teach for another year.

After Bangkok, Zander moved to Seoul, South Korea where he taught literature and other subjects at Ewha Foreign Language High School and Daewon Foreign Language High School. During those three and a half years, he studied Korean extensively and briefly worked part-time as a speech co-writer for the Korea International Trade Association (KITA). He also served as the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee Chair for Korea where he oversaw the interview and recruitment process as part of the Princeton undergraduate application process in Korea.

Brian McCutchen is a second year SAIS M.A. candidate, dual concentrating in Korea and South Asia Studies. Brian earned his B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. During his undergraduate studies, he spent a year and a half studying in China, Korea and Japan. After graduating, he was granted a State Department Critical Language Scholarship and returned to Korea to study Korean language and teach English.

In the summer of 2009, Brian interned at the Economic Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He is currently interning at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization, and is president of the Korea Club at SAIS for the 2009-10 school year.

Momoko Sato is a second year SAIS M.A. candidate, dual concentrating in Korea and Japan Studies. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations and History from Boston University in 2006. Her interest in international affairs developed from internship experience in organizations such as Oxfam America and the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Before attending SAIS, Momoko worked for DaimlerChrysler and completed a one-year language program in Japan.

Sandy Yu is a second year SAIS M.A. candidate, concentrating in Korea and China Studies. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science. Before coming to SAIS, she interned at KORUS House, a division of the South Korean Embassy, where she assisted in the research and editing of news articles for their “Dynamic Korea” website. Additionally, she has spent time abroad in China. In the summer of 2009, Sandy interned within the Foreign Commercial Service in Beijing focusing on U.S.-China trade issues.