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2013 SAIS Asia Conference Expert Bios

Panel 1: Divergence and Energy Security in the Korean Peninsula

• Ellen Kim, Assistant Director of Korea Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Ms. Ellen Kim is assistant director of the Korea Chair at CSIS, where she is also a fellow. Her research focuses on U.S.-Korea relations, Korean unification, the U.S.-ROK alliance, and Northeast Asian Security. Before joining CSIS, she worked at Kim & Chang and Edelman Public Relations in South Korea.

Furthermore, Ms. Kim is a coeditor of History and Asia: Policy Insights and Legal Perspectives (CSIS, November 2011). She also coauthors a quarterly review of U.S.-Korea relations in Comparative Connections, an electronic journal on East Asian bilateral relations, with Victor Cha. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. in international relations and Japanese studies from Wellesley College and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She speaks fluent Korean and moderate Japanese.

Panel 2: Contested Identity

• Hazel Smith, Asia Program Fellow, Wilson Center

Dr. Hazel Smith is Professor of Humanitarianism and Security at Cranfield University, UK, a member of the Research Committee of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her core area of research is on the economics, society, politics and international relations of North Korea. She has researched the country for over twenty years and lived and worked in North Korea for nearly two years, on secondment to UNICEF and the World Food Programme.

Dr. Smith retains close contacts with international organizations working in and on North Korea. In 2009, she was asked by the UN Secretariat to be part of its global expert panel on Korea. Hazel also works on broader issues concerning international humanitarianism.  For example, in 2012 she was appointed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as one of six members in the Global Expert Panel to review FAO disaster risk reduction programs in Asia and Latin America.

Professor Smith has published extensively in scholarly journals and newspapers and is recognized internationally as an authority on North Korea. In May 2002, she was invited by the US NGO AmeriCares to be one of a five-member Honorary Committee – along with then President George W. Bush, the US Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte, the Governor of New York George Pataki and the Governor of Connecticut — to commemorate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCares operations.

Panel 3: Social Development in China

 • Carla Freeman, Associate Director of the China Studies Program; Associate Research Professor; Foreign Policy Institute Executive Director, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Professor Carla Freeman is Associate Director and Associate Research Professor of the China Studies program, and the Executive Director of Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS. She began teaching at SAIS in 2007 on the international relations of Asia and on China’s environmental governance and sustainable development. She has written widely on China’s foreign policy toward its territorial neighbors, its security concerns, and its environmental policies. Her professional experience has also included consulting, political risk analysis, and work on civil society and community development. She received her BA in History at Yale University and her MA and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Professor Freeman previously served as program officer for civil society and community development with a focus on sustainability at The Johnson Foundation. She was a political risk analyst for China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, and has held various academic positions, including director of the Program in Global Studies and International Affairs at Alverno College in Milwaukee and visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professor Freeman conducts ongoing research on China’s efforts toward sustainable development, and Chinese foreign and domestic policy.

• Nathaniel Ahrens, Deputy Director and Fellow, Hills Program on Governance, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mr. Nathaniel Ahrens is deputy director and fellow with the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS, where he is in charge of development and is also active in research. He was formerly an adjunct fellow with the Freeman Chair in China Studies, where he focused on issues relating to China’s trade, industrial policy, and innovation.

Mr. Ahrens is also president of the American Mandarin Society. In 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focused on climate, energy, and sustainable development issues in China, as well as Chinese national innovation policy and government procurement. Ahrens also runs Golden Road Ventures Ltd., a business development and strategic advisory firm that provides expertise and support for projects in China. Previously, he worked for 10 years in China. He was senior product manager and director of international sales for Intrinsic Technology, a Shanghai-based telecommunications software provider. He also founded Shanghai Pack Ltd., a luxury-brand packaging company based in Shanghai and Paris. Ahrens is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Institute of Current World Affairs, the Asia Society, and serves as an honorary ambassador for the State of Maine. He holds an A.B. from Vassar College and studied at Beijing Language and Culture University. He speaks English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

 Panel 4: Road to Economic Development

 • Jae-Jung Suh, Associate Professor and Academic Advisor, Korea Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Professor Jae-Jung Suh is Associate Professor and Academic Advisor of Korea Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a former faculty member of Cornell University’s Department of Government, East Asia Program and Peace Studies Program. He has received Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research, SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for Peace and Security in a Changing World, Smith Richardson Foundation grant, and an East West Center fellowship. He has served as a visiting professor at Seoul National University, research professor at Yonsei University, a visiting scholar at MIT and a visiting fellow at University of California, Irvine. He has also worked as a reporter in New York City.

• Alicia Campi, Executive Director, U.S. – Mongolia Advisory Group

Dr. Alicia Campi, a former Department of State officer, has been an American leader in all aspects of relations with Mongolia, including mining and financial consultancy, for many decades. Since March 2007, Dr. Campi has been President of The Mongolia Society of Bloomington, Indiana.  In 1991, she founded the U.S.-Mongolia Advisory Group (USMAG), a company specializing in finding Mongolian partners for western companies, and two years later she established the private charity Chinggis Khan Foundation to promote small-scale assistance projects.

Dr. Campi received her A.B. in East Asia History from Smith College in 1971 and obtained an M.A. in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Mongolian Studies from Harvard University in 1973. She received a Ph.D. in Mongolian Studies (Department of Central Eurasian Studies) with a minor in Chinese in 1987 from Indiana University. While serving in Tokyo in the mid-1980s, Dr. Campi conducted preliminary negotiations leading to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mongolia. In July 2011 she received the “Polar Star”—Mongolia’s highest honor—from President Ts. Elbegdorj for her contributions to U.S.-Mongolia bi-lateral relations. The National University of Mongolia awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in September 2007.  Dr. Campi published The Impact of China and Russia on United States-Mongolian Political Relations in the Twentieth Century(2009) and over 80 articles on various aspects of Mongolian studies.

Panel 5: Changing Demographics

• John May, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

Professor John F. May is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and adjunct professor of demography at Georgetown University. He was lead demographer in the Africa Region at the World Bank and, before that, worked on many population projects around the world for UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He was posted in Haiti, West Indies, and New Caledonia, South Pacific, for the United Nations.

His research and publications have focused on population policies, family planning, and population projections, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His book, World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact, was published by Springer in 2012.

Hee-Soon Juon, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Hee-Soon Juon received her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University. Following training, Dr. Juon was appointed Research Associate and subsequently Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. Dr. Juon is a social and behavioral scientist. Her primary research interests include health behaviors within minority groups. She has active research both within the Korean American community and with African American populations. Over the last ten years, she has actively participated as a co-investigator in several NIH funded prospective grants that have supported a longitudinal study of African Americans, focusing on minority mental health, suicidal behavior, substance use, and criminal behavior. She has worked on minority health problems such as cancer control behaviors, hypertension, and mental health of Korean immigrants in Maryland.

Dr. Juon’s expertise in Asian American cancer control behaviors is documented in about 10 publications. She is a member of the Komen Asian American Pacific Islander National Advisory Council and the Intercultural Cancer Council advisory board. She has been working as a grant review committee member of the National Race for the Cure and National Cancer Institute Special Population Network. She will keep working to reduce cancer disparities among racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations.

Panel 6: US Foreign Policy in Asia

• Priscilla Clapp, Former Charge D’affaires of Burma

Ms. Clapp is a retired Minister-Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service. She currently engages in foreign policy analysis and programs with several institutions and is a Senior Adviser to the Asia Society. During her 30-year career with the U.S. Government, Ms. Clapp served as Chief of Mission and permanent Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Burma (1999-2002), Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy in South Africa (1993-96), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs (1989-1993), Deputy Political Counselor in the US Embassy in Moscow (1986-88), and chief of political-military affairs in the US Embassy in Japan (1981-85).  She also worked on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, in its East Asian, Political Military, and International Organizations Bureaus, and with the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.  She speaks Russian, Japanese, French, and some Burmese.

Prior to government service, Ms. Clapp spent ten years in foreign policy and arms control research, with the MIT Center for International Studies and as a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Ms. Clapp’s books include: with Morton Halperin, Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (Brookings, 2006), with I.M.Destler et al., Managing an Alliance: the Politics of U.S.-Japanese Relations (Brookings, 1976), with Morton Halperin, U.S.-Japanese Relations in the 1970’s (Harvard, 1974), in addition to various articles on Burma. Her most recent publications include: “Prospects for Rapprochement Between the United States and Myanmar,” in Contemporary Southeast Asia, December 2010, and, with Suzanne DiMaggio, “Advancing Myanmar’s Transition: A Way Forward for U.S. Policy,” Asia Society Policy Brief, February 13, 2012.

• Charles Doran, Professor of International Relations; Director of the Global Theory and History Program; Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Professor Charles Doran is the Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, and the Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, in addition to serving as the co-director of the SAIS Global Politics and Religion Initiative. Professor Doran was a former professor and director of international management program at Rice University, directing major research projects on North American trade, Canadian-U.S. relations, Persian Gulf security and U.S.-German-Japanese relations.

He regularly advised businesses and government, and has provided congressional briefings and testimony on trade, security and energy policy. He is a recipient of the Donner Medal, the Governor General’s Award for Scholarship on Canada and the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award (Foreign Policy). He has received Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University. His publication includes, but not limited to, Democratic Pluralism at Risk: Why Canadian Unity Matters, and Why Americans Care (2001); The NAFTA Puzzle (1994); Systems in Crisis: New Imperatives of High Politics at Century’s End (1991); The Gulf, Energy and Global Security: Political and Economic Issues (1991); Forgotten Partnership: U.S.-Canada Relations Today (1983); Myth, Oil and Politics (1978); The Politics of Assimilation: Hegemony and Its Aftermath (1971).

• Walter Andersen, Administrative Director of the South Asia Studies Program; Professorial

Lecturer, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Professor Walter Andersen is the Associate Director of the South Asia Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Andersen recently retired as Chief of the U.S. State Department’s South Asia Division in the Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia and has held other key positions within the State Department, including Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Member of the Policy Planning Staff in Washington, D.C.

Professor Andersen previously taught at the University of Chicago and the College of Wooster; current research involves Hindu nationalism and India’s assertive foreign policy in the Indian Ocean and its littoral; Ph.D., political science, University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and has previously taught at both the University of Chicago and the College of Wooster. His publications include The Brotherhood in Saffron (1988) and various journal articles and chapters in edited volumes on international politics of South Asia.