The ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
The Hon Charles Kartman
We are pleased to share with you that The Hon. Charles Kartman has been named,
effective immediately, ICAS Fellow.
Charles Kartman served as Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks, with the
personal rank of Ambassador from July 1998, until retiring from the Department
of State in April 2001. He concurrently served as U.S. Representative to the
Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) and Chairman of that
organization's Executive Board, which is responsible for a $4.6 billion energy
project in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From June 1996,
Ambassador Kartman was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East
Asian and Pacific Affairs. He was Acting Assistant Secretary for much of 1997.
He had previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in
Seoul, Director for Korean Affairs at the Department of State in Washington,
and Political Counselor in Seoul.
Ambassador Kartman is recognized for his expertise on Northeast Asia, having
served in Japan from 1977 to 1982 as a Political Officer in the Embassy in
Tokyo, and then as Consul General in Sapporo. He served twice in the office
of Japanese Affairs at the Department of State, most recently as Deputy Director
from 1985 to 1987. Ambassador Kartman has also served in the Department as the
Senior Policy Analyst for Asia in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs
during which time he focused largely on China and Taiwan; on loan to the
Congress as a Legislative Assistant, working closely with the East Asia
Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and as a Special
Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, with responsibility
Ambassador Kartman joined the Department in 1975, after completion of a
graduate program at Georgetown University. In his 26-year career, he was a
multiple winner of the Department's Superior Honor Award, in 1990 the James
Clement Dunn Award for outstanding service, in 1999 the Secretary's Distinguished
Honor Award, and in 2001 the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award. He is
married to Mary Kartman, a fellow graduate of Knox College in Galesburg,
Illinois. They have two daughters.
ICAS currently cherishes roster of fifty-six Fellows from around the
world including four former U S Ambassadors to the Republic of Korea and a
circle of resources spanning the globe. Thank you.
Sang Joo Kim
Sr Fellow & Executive Vice President