December 21, 2018

Victor Cha

ICAS Fellow
Professor in Government and International Affair
Georgetown University
Senior Advisor for Asia
Center for Strategic and International Studies


State of The Korean Peninsula Issues: Prognosis and US National Security

ICAS Winter Symposium Prologue
Humanity Liberty Peace and Security
The Korean Peninsula Issues and US National Security

January 24, 2019 100 PM - 430 PM
Venue TBA
Capitol Hill, Washington DC

[On-line Registration in preparation]

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Victor Cha will address the ICAS Winter Symposium Prologue slated on January 24, 2019 in Washington DC.

Victor D Cha holds the D S Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, where Victor is also director of the Asian Studies Center in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2009, he was also named as Senior Adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Victor left the White House in 2007 after serving since 2004 as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand and Pacific Island nation affairs. Victor was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing, and received two Outstanding Service commendations during his tenure at the NSC.

He is the author of five books, including the award-winning Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize), and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Harper Collins Ecco, 2012) which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a “Best Book on the Asia-Pacific for 2012.” Victor's newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is also writing a new book on Korean unification. Victor has published articles on international relations and East Asia in journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Survival, International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of the History of Sport, and Asian Survey. He is a former John M. Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University, two-time Fulbright Scholar, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Scholar at Columbia University, and Hoover National Fellow, CISAC Fellow, and William J Perry Fellow at Stanford University. Victor is currently a Fellow in Human Freedom (non-resident) at the George W Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Victor is a dedicated teacher and academician. He holds Georgetown’s Provost Extraordinary Merit Award for 2018, Constantine Maguire Medal for Outstanding Service for 2018, Distinguished Principal Investigator Award for 2016, the Dean’s Teaching Award for 2010 and the Distinguished Research Award for 2011. He founded in 2012 Georgetown’s Master’s degree in Asian Studies and brought a U S Department of Education Title VI grant in East Asia to the University for the first time in Georgetown’s history in 2009. Victor has served on every major committee assignment at the University, including two terms on the University’s Rank and Tenure Committee as a presidential appointment.

He serves on ten editorial boards of academic journals and is co-editor of the Contemporary Asia Book Series at Columbia University Press. Victor is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fulbright Association. He has been the principal investigator on twenty-one major research grant projects ranging between $40,000 and $1.6 million from private foundations and the U S government.

Victor has testified before Congress numerous times on Asian security issues. In 2018, he joined NBC and MSNBC as a contributor. Prior to joining NBC, Victor had been a guest analyst for various media including CNN, ABC, CBS, The Colbert Report, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Fox News, PBS, HuffPost, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC, and National Public Radio. His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Japan Times, FEER, and Financial Times. Victor works as an independent consultant helping clients in sectors ranging from business and finance to entertainment.

Victor received his PhD in political science at Columbia University in 1994, his Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia in 1988, M A Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University (Hertford College), and A B in Economics from Columbia in 1979.

Victor has been named ICAS Fellow on November 18, 2013.

Thank you.