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We are pleased to share with you that Chuck Downs has been named, ICAS Fellow ,
Chuck Downs, whose career in defense and national security issues spans more than two decades, wrote
Over the Line: North Koreaís Negotiating Strategy while serving as Associate Director of the Asian
Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute. The book explains how North Korea succeeds even though
it brings very little to the negotiating table. A Korean (Hangul) version was published within months of the
bookís English publication and a Japanese version in 2002.
Chuck served the majority of his career in the Pentagon, as Deputy Director for Regional Affairs and
Congressional Relations in the Pentagonís East Asia office. He was responsible for drafting the
East Asia strategy documents of the Department of Defense and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (1996)
and Defense Civilian Service Medal (1993). As Assistant Director of the Office of Foreign Military Rights Affairs,
Chuck was responsible for negotiations with the United Kingdom regarding military use of Diego Garcia and access
arrangements in Singapore and Australia. He was selected to attend the Department of Stateís Senior Seminar
training program at the Foreign Service Institute, 1989-1990. In the 1980s, as Chief of Policy Analysis in
the Department of the Interiorís territorial and international affairs office, his duties included representing
Interior in the Micronesian status negotiations and the negotiations for arrangements governing U. S. use of
Kwajalein Missile Range in the mid-Pacific.
Chuck has published numerous articles on foreign policy and defense issues, in the New York Times,
the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to being the author of
Over the Line (AEI Press, 1999), he is co-editor with Ambassador James R. Lilley of
Crisis in the Taiwan Strait (NDU Press, 1997). Chuck is now working on a book regarding the North Korean regime.
He graduated with honors in political science from Williams College in 1972.
Chuck retired in June 2000 from the position of Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor to the House Policy Committee
of the U. S. House of Representatives and has worked as an independent consultant on foreign policy matters since that time.
As a Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Public Policy he chaired the North Korea Working Group, providing policy
recommendations to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Chuck testifies before Congress and frequently appears on
PBSís Lehrer Newshour and NBC, where he is a consultant on security policy. Since 2001, Chuck has served on the board
of the United States Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
Chuck was a featured speaker at the ICAS Winter Symposium 2000* and addressed "North Korea-U. S. Relations:
Issues and Answers**".
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President