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Seong-Chang Cheong

Former Fellow


    October 1, 2020 — February 26, 2021

    Professional affiliation

    Senior Research Fellow, The Sejong Institute, South Korea

    Wilson Center Projects

    Who Rules and Runs North Korea? Kim Jong Un’s Leadership Style and Changes in North Korea’s Power Elite

    Full Biography

    Cheong Seong-Chang, Senior Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute, received his doctoral degree in North Korean politics at l'Université de Paris X in 1996. With the Sejong Institute since 2001, Dr. Cheong has been focusing his research on North Korean politics and military, Kim Jong Un's leadership and North Korea’s power elite. Dr. Cheong is a member of the Policy Advisory Committee of the Blue House (Cheongwadae) National Security Office for President Moon Jae-in. He has also served on the policy advisory committees of the Ministry of Unification, the Ministry of National Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dr. Cheong is the author of Idéologie et système en Corée du Nord: De Kim Il-Song à Kim Chong-Il (1997) and Contemporary North Korean Politics: History, Ideology and Power System (2011). He has co-authored numerous books and theses on North Korean politics, military, and Korean unification issues.

    Major Publications

    Idéologie et système en Corée du Nord: De Kim Il-Song à Kim Chong-Il (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1997)

    The Contemporary Politics of North Korea: History, Ideology, and Power Structure (Seoul: Hanul Academy, 2011) (in Korean)

    Study on the Status and Role of the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (Seongnam: The Sejong Institute, 2015) (in Korean)