Institute for Corean-American Studies

Kurt Tong

Kurt Tong is Director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the Department of State, where he is responsible for the management of U.S. relations with both South Korea and North Korea. Prior to this assignment, Kurt was Director for Asian Economic Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008. Previously, he served as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the United States Embassy in Seoul from 2003 to 2006.

Prior to arriving in Seoul, Kurt was Counselor for Environment, Science & Health Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 2000 to 2003. He was a First Secretary covering macroeconomics and finance at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo in Tokyo from 1996 to 1999, and a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics from 1995 to 1996.

Previous Foreign Service experience includes working in the Office of Japanese Affairs at the State Department in Washington D.C., and at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Kurt was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group, K.K., in Tokyo, Japan.

Kurt has a B.A., magna cum laude, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and studied graduate-level economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. He has also studied at the Beijing Institute of Education, Inter-University Program For Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, and International Christian University in Tokyo.

Kurt speaks and reads Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. He has published articles in Nihon Keizai Kenkyu (an academic journal of the Japan Center for Economic Research), Foreign Policy, and the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars (now Critical Asian Studies).

Kurt is the recipient of the 2005 Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance, awarded by the State Department for outstanding contributions in advancing United States international relations in the economic field. He is married and has three children.

ICAS Web Site Links for Kurt Tong:

Future of US-ROK Alliance: A View Toward the coming Presidential Summit
2009 Spring Symposium

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