Robert E. Kelly

 Associate Professor


Department Political Science and Diplomacy, Pusan National University

College of Social Sciences, 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, 609-735, KOREA


 rekelly@pnu.edu, w) +82-(0)51-510-2134

Website: www.AsianSecurityBlog.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Robert_E_Kelly


Permanent Contributor, Duck of Minerva (internat’l relations blog),http://DuckOfMinerva.org

Contributing Writer, Newsweek Japan (print edition)

Contributing Writer, The Diplomat, http://TheDiplomat.com/

Contributing Writer, The Interpreter (Lowy Institute blog), http://www.LowyInterpreter.org/





International Relations Theory in East Asia

U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia

Korean Foreign Policy

International Financial Institutions (especially the World Bank and IMF)





Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Ohio State University, March 2005 (M.A., 2002)

Major: International Relations

Second Major: Political Theory

Dissertation: The Impact of Non-Governmental Organizations on the Bretton Woods Institutions:


            Committee: Chadwick Alger, William Liddle, Alexander Thompson, Richard Ned Lebow

B.A., History and Political Science, Miami University of Ohio, May 1994, Phi Beta Kappa





“The ‘Pivot’ and Its Problems: American Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia,” Pacific Review,

27/3, 2014; forthcoming


“Comparing China and the Kaiser’s Germany,” Lowy Interpreter, March 12-13, 2014;



“North Korea is the Boy Who Cried Wolf: There will be No War,” The Diplomat, April 10,

2013; http://thediplomat.com/2013/04/10/north-korea-is-the-boy-who-cried-wolf-there-will-be-no-war/

Companion response to my critics: “North Korea is Another ‘Upper Volta with Nukes,’

so Ignore Them,” China Policy Institute Blog, April 21, 2013, http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2013/04/21/north-korea-is-another-upper-volta-with-nukes-so-ignore-them/


 “Park’s Recreation,” Foreign Affairs, December 18, 2012;



“A ‘Confucian Long Peace’ in Pre-Western East Asia?” European Journal of International

Relations 18/3, 2012: 407-30; http://ejt.sagepub.com/content/18/3/407.abstract


“Kim Jong Un’s Balancing Act,” KNDU Research Institute for National Security Affairs Forum,

22, September 2012: 1-4; http://www.kndu.ac.kr/rinsa/index.jsp?mid1=00000135&mid2=00000684


“Defining IR: Is it Asia’s Turn?” International Relations and Security Network, Swiss Federal

Institute of Technology, July 30, 2012;



“Korea-EU Relations – Beyond the FTA,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 12/1, 2012:

101-32; http://irap.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/1/101.abstract


“Kim Jong Un’s Ascent is a Unique Negotiating Opportunity,” KNDU Research Institute for

National Security Affairs Forum, 20, March 2012: 1-5; http://www.kndu.ac.kr/rinsa/index.jsp?mid1=00000135&mid2=00000684&mid3=&contents_seq=26353&b_mode=R


“The German-Korean Unification Parallel,” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 23/4, 2011:

457-72; http://kida.re.kr/data/kjda/02_Robert%20Kelly.pdf


“Assessing the Impact of Nongovernmental Organizations on International Organizations: The

World Bank and IMF,” International Political Science Review 32/3, 2011: 323-44;



“The Impact of Arab Spring on North Korea,” KNDU Research Institute for National Security

Affairs Forum, 17, June 2011: 5-8;



“American Dual Containment in Asia,” Geopolitics, 15/4, 2010: 705-725:             http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a929908160~frm=titlelink


“North Korea’s Shelling of Yeonpyeong Island: Interpretation and Response,” KNDU Research

Institute for National Security Affairs Forum, 15, November 2010: 1-5;



“Forging Autonomy in a Tough Neighborhood: Korea’s Foreign Policy Struggle,” 21st Century

Political Science Review, 19/3, 2009: 353-380; http://www.politics21.or.kr/paper4.php


“Portrait of Global Civil Society at the Bretton Woods Institutions: Civil Society Dialogue

Participation, 2000-2007,” Korean Journal of International Relations, 48/5, 2008: 51-80;



“Persistent Dependentist and Developmentalist Understandings of the State in Development

Theory,” Development in Practice, 18/3, 2008: 319-332;



“From Global War on Terror to Containment,” Perspectives on Terrorism, 2/4, 2008: 12-14;



“Is Terrorism Always Wrong?” Perspectives on Terrorism, 1/1, 2007: 1-7;



 “Security Theory in the ‘New Regionalism,’” International Studies Review, 9/2, 2007: 197-229;



“One Last Chance in Iraq,” OSU Journal of Politics and International Affairs, 1/1, 2007: 135-

146; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/final-iraq-post-from-the-archives-my-2007-essay-in-support-of-the-iraq-surge/


“From IR to Global Governance Theory: Conceptualizations of NGOs since Rio 1992,” Journal

of Civil Society, 3/1, 2007: 81-99; http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a779683721


 “A Micro-View of Global Governance: The Spring and Annual Meetings of the Bretton Woods Institutions,” Transnational Associations 2003/4: 203-06;

http://www.uia.be/sites/uia.be/db/db/x.php?dbcode=ta&sbmt=1&go=s&author=Kelly, Robert E


“Thucydides and Hegemony: Athens and the United States,” with Richard Ned Lebow, Review

of International Studies 27/4 2001: 593-609; http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=90173&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0260210501005939



Book Reviews:


North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economics and Society, eds. Kyung-Ae Park and Scott

Snyder, Pacific Affairs, 86/5, 2013: 932-34; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/book-review-north-korea-in-transition-oh-wait-its-not-in-transition/


The European Union and South Korea: The Legal Framework for Strengthening Trade,

Economic and Political Relations, ed. James Harrison, H-Net, August 2013;



American Culture of War: A History of US Military Force from World War II to Operation

Enduring Freedom, Adrian Lewis, Cercles, December 15, 2012; http://www.cercles.com/review/r63/Lewis.html


Creating Credibility: Legitimacy and Accountability for Transnational Civil Society, David

Brown, Development and Practice, 19/8, 2009: 1079-1080;



Globalization and Its Counter-Forces in Southeast Asia, ed. Terence Chong, Development in

Practice, 19/3, 2009: 431-432; http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a910279353


International Water Security: Domestic Threats and Opportunities, eds. Nevelina Pachova,

Mikiyasu Nakayama & Libor Jansky, Development in Practice, 19/2, 2009: 267-269;



International Governance of War-Torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction, by Robert Caplan,

Journal of Conflict Studies, 28, 2008; http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/JCS/contents/contents08.html



World Bank / International Monetary Fund Commissions:


“Portrait of Global Civil Society at the Bretton Woods Institutions, 2000-09,” IMF, 2009;



“The Impact of NGOs on the Bretton Woods Institutions,” World Bank, 2006;




Editorials/Essays (selected):


The Diplomat, monthly paid contributor, selected examples:




The Interpreter, twice-monthly paid contributor, author page:



East Asia Forum, author page: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/author/robertedwinkelly/


Newsweek Japan, regular paid contributor, selected examples:





Newsweek Korea, semi-regular paid contributor, selected examples:





CNN-GPS, author page: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/tag/robert-e-kelly/


JoongAng Daily, International Herald Tribune partner in Korea, multiple op-eds, selected exs.:





Korea Times & Korea Herald, multiple op-eds, selected examples:









“Liberal Imperial Management,” in revision for resubmission to Security Studies


“Korea should Support Abenomics,” under review at Asian Perspective





Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Syracuse University, June 17-30, 2012

Summer Workshop on Teaching about Terrorism, Oklahoma University, July 10-18, 2007

Academic Fellowship on Terrorism, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies & Tel Aviv

University, Israel, May 26-June 6, 2007


Two Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (Russian), US Dept of Education,1999,2000


University Fellow, Ohio State University, 1997-1998


Bundestag Internship Program, University of Bonn & German Parliament, Germany (1994-95)





Courses Taught:

          Introduction to International Relations Theory

          Globalization/International Political Economy

          International Organization

          US Foreign Policy


          US Politics

          Contemporary Political Theory

          Middle East politics

          Peace Studies


Pusan National University Recognition:

          Selected for Faculty Excellence coverage in university magazine, August 2013

          Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010


Ohio State University Recognition:

          Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching Nominee, Ohio State University, 2007

          Outstanding Teacher of the Year Nominee, Ohio State University, 2006





Invited Presenter/Discussant/Participant:


Economist’s annual ‘Bellwether’ conference on the South Korean economy, Seoul, September

2010-13, speaker on Abenomics 2013; http://www.economistconferences.asia/event/bellwether-series-south-korea


“Unification – the Korea Project,” CSIS-University of Southern California, Seoul, January 22,

2013; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/csis-conference-on-korean-unification-1-it-will-cost-way-more-than-people-think-2/#more-2475


“Defining the US Pivot to Asia,” MBC East Asia Institute, Busan, S Korea, October 26, 2012


“Denuclearization and Peace Community on the Korean Peninsula,” Korean Ministry of National

Defense & Korean Institute of Defense Analysis, Seoul, October 27, 2011; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/5-bad-options-for-dealing-with-nk-1-dont-expect-much-from-talks/


“Was There an Historical East Asian International System?” Korean Studies Institute–University

of Southern California, Los Angeles, March 2011


“Current Status and Future Prospects of the Issues on the Korean Peninsula Post-Cheonan,”

Korean Ministry of National Defense & Korean Institute of Defense Analysis, Seoul, September 30, 2010; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/cheonan-sinking-changes-nothing-korean-institute-of-defense-analysis-1/


“Asia 21,” Korean Government-IMF Conference, Daejeon, Korea, July 12-13, 2010;



“Resolving Security Threats to World Peace,” Korean Freedom Foundation, Seoul, June 9, 2010;



“Latest Advances on International Security,” China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, May 30,

2010; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/off-to-china-1-the-china-threat-thesis/


“Multiculturalism in Korea,” Pusan National University, Busan, Korea, May 14, 2010;



“Reshaping the International Order & Korean Politics,” Korean Studies Institute, Pusan National

University, Busan, Korea May 7, 2010


“EU-Korea Relations,” EU Delegation to Korea-Pusan National University EU Center, May 6-7,

2010; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/is-there-an-eu-role-in-asia-1-eu-korea-relations-beyond-just-trade/


“Prospects for the Situation of the Korean Peninsula and the North Korean Nuclear Issue in

2010,” Institute for National Security Studies, Seoul, December 7, 2009; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/obamas-pragmatism-toward-north-korea/


“Changes and Prospects for Security in Northeast Asia,” Changwon National University,

Changwon, Korea, October 22, 2009


“Sino-US Relations and the Korean Peninsula,” Korean Association of International Studies,

Seoul, September 11, 2009; 



Research Presentation (Dissertation-related), International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC,

August 10, 2009


“Politics of Memory between Korea and Japan,” Korean Political Science Association –

Biannual Meeting, Seoul, August 19-21, 2009


“East Asia and China in a Changing Global Order,” Institute of Chinese Studies, Pusan National

University, Busan, Korea, May 14-15, 2009; https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/global-economic-crisis-and-cooperation-in-east-asia-search-for-regional-cooperation-leadership-formation-and-common-identity/


“The Obama Administration’s Policy toward the Korean Peninsula,” Korean Association of

International Studies, Seoul, April 21, 2009


Dissertation Presentation, World Bank, Washington, DC, September 13, 2005


Paper Presentation: “Liberal Imperial Management and the Future of U.S. Hegemony”,

International Studies Association – Midwest, St. Louis, Missouri, November 7-8, 2003


Paper Presentation: “Political Culture and Foreign Policy: Rethinking the Melian Dialogue,”

with Richard Ned Lebow, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting Atlanta, Georgia, September 2-5, 1999





Invited Article & Book Reviewer:

European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, Review of International Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Pacific Affairs, Rowman & Littlefield, Routledge, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Geopolitics, International Political Science Review, Journal of Civil Society, Korean Journal of Security Affairs, Études Internationales, Sage, Prentice Hall


‘Blog tenure’ at Duck of Minerva, 2013 (guest contributor 2011-13; permanent since then)


TV Interviews, 2012-

          British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

          Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC)

          International Television news (ITN)

          Sky News

          Al Jazeera English

          Chinese Cable Television (CCTV)

          Collected at my YouTube page:



Regular radio commentary on BBC, ABC, and Korean English-language radio, 2010-


Visited North Korea, summer 2012; travelogue impressions:



Listee, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis, 2013-


Founding Participant, “Terrorism Research Initiative” & journal Perspectives on Terrorism,



U.S. Army Educator Tour, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, April 18-22, 2006


Field Representative, Martin R. Hoke, M.C. (Member of the US House of Representatives, 10th

district Ohio), 1996-97



           Christian Schmidt, MdB (Member of the German Bundestag), Bonn 1995-96

           Hanns Seidel Foundation, Munich, Germany, Spring 1993

          Cowen & Company (brokerage firm), Cleveland, Ohio, Summer 1992

          John Boehner, M.C. (House of Representatives, 8-OH), Wash., D.C. Summer 1991

          State of Ohio, Washington Office, Washington, D.C., Summer 1991





German: Excellent: Accredited by the German-American Chamber of Commerce, April 23, 1994


French: Very Good: Transcript available from Laval University (Quebec, Canada), August 1997


Russian: Average: Certificate in Advanced Russian from Moscow State Univ., August 31, 2000


Korean: Basic


Latin: Basic


Classical Greek: Basic


Language Study Abroad:

          Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, Summer 2000         

          Nevsky Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer 1999

          Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, Summer 1997

          Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, Summer 1995

          Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany, Winter 1994

          Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, 1992-1993

          Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany, Summer 1992

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