I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), University of Warwick. I have recently completed my PhD here at Warwick. I am broadly interested in theories of international relations, foreign policy analysis, and the international relations of the Asia Pacific region.
My most recent publications include 'Why and How Should We Go for a Multicausal Analysis in the Study of Foreign Policy?: (Meta-) theoretical Rationales and Methodological Rules,' Review of International Studies, 2011.
Before joining Warwick, I worked at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul as a Research Fellow, and while undertaking his PhD research was offered a Visiting Fellowship from the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. I also served as Program Officer in charge of the Policy-oriented Research Program of the Korea Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
At the CSGR I will work on the GR:EEN project. More specifically I intend to undertake two research projects. First, I will investigate how weaker states behave towards the dominant power of the contemporary international system, namely the United States, with the aim of the development of a well-specified theory of weaker powers??? behaviour vis-à-vis a dominant power. To this end, I will undertake in-depth and comparative case study. This intended work has a working title of 'American Hegemony and Weaker Powers' Reactions: Between Balancing and Bandwagoning. I also intend to examine East Asian security. Based on the findings of this research, I will discuss how to study East Asian international relations better.