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Jongsoo Lee

Jongsoo Lee

James Jongsoo Lee is a Partner at Brock Group and a Center Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

A Partner at Brock Group, a boutique investment bank and business advisory firm, James Jongsoo Lee is a Center Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is also a Contributing Editor at The Diplomat.

Lee has held research appointments at Harvard’s Korea Institute and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at Hawaii-based Pacific Forum and served as a Senior Research Fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. Author of “The Partition of Korea After World War II: A Global History” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and other published works, Lee served as the Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Asia Quarterly. His writings have been published by Financial Times, Newsweek, The National Interest, The Korea Herald, The Straits Times, Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among others. A graduate of Williams College (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.), Lee leads the National Security SIG at Harvard Club of New York.

Posts by Jongsoo Lee
August 04, 2021

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines

By Jongsoo Lee
Jay L. Batongbacal, a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, on the South China Sea disputes and international law.

March 13, 2021

Vietnam, ASEAN, and the US-China Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific

By Jongsoo Lee
An interview with Le Hong Hiep.
February 05, 2021

Entrepreneurship, Business, and Economic Reform in North Korea

By Jongsoo Lee
An interview with Geoffrey See, founder of Choson Exchange.

November 06, 2020

China and the World: Can China Lead?

By Jongsoo Lee
An interview with William Kirby on China's ambitions, soft power, and education.

September 18, 2020

Russia, China, and the Indo-Pacific: An Interview With Dmitri Trenin

By Jongsoo Lee
“Russia has ‘pivoted’ to itself, as a major independent player, with China its key strategic partner.”

September 02, 2020

The Investment Outlook in the Indo-Pacific: An Interview With Jim Rogers

By Jongsoo Lee
The co-founder of the Quantum Fund discusses the region’s best investment opportunities.
August 05, 2020

China, Climate Change, and COVID-19: An Interview With Kevin Rudd

By Jongsoo Lee
The former Australian prime minister discusses the challenges facing the Indo-Pacific, including the many facets of China’s rise.

June 10, 2020

China’s Rise as a Military Power: A View From Tokyo

By Jongsoo Lee
An interview with Narushige Michishita.

August 19, 2019

Trade Dependence and Politicization: Lessons From the Japan-Korea Conflict

By Jongsoo Lee
The trade spat has driven home the danger of overreliance on Japanese imports -- and not only for South Korea.

July 05, 2019

DMZ Summitry and the Fall of the Korean Wall

By Jongsoo Lee
The June 30 meeting between Trump, Kim, and Moon shows that North Korea's transition to a “normal country” continues.

June 19, 2018

Steering North Korea to Become a Normal Country

By Jongsoo Lee
With the Singapore summit, Kim Jong Un has effectively declared the end of North Korea’s era of diplomatic isolation.
April 10, 2018

A Generational Shift in Pyongyang: Is Change Ahead?

By Jongsoo Lee
Kim Jong-un may be ready to assert his own unique leadership style.

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