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In memoriam

Kihl-jae Ryoo

Visiting Scholar


    July 1, 2007 — September 1, 2007

    Professional affiliation

    Minister of Unification, Ministry of Unification, South Korea Professor, University of North Korean Studies, South Korea

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations of the DPRK during the Cold War Era, 1965 - 1974"

    Full Biography

    Dr. Kihl-Jae Ryoo is the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Unification. A Professor at the University of North Korean Studies, Seoul, Dr. Ryoo is also President of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies.

    Prior to his appointment as Minister, Dr. Ryoo served as a Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Unification (2009-2013), Standing Council Member of the National Unification Advisory (2003-2005, 2009-2011), and Policy Advisor for the President on Foreign Affairs and National Security (2008-2011). He earned his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A., all in political science, from Korea University.