Peter M. Beck

International Affairs Fellow in Japan, Sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. 2010-2011

Peter M. Beck is the Pantech Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. From June 23 to July 16, 2010, he will be a visiting professor at Ewha Womans University. Previously, he was the executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and directed the International Crisis Group's Northeast Asia Project in Seoul. He was also the director of research and academic affairs at the Korea Economic Institute. He has served as a member of the Ministry of Unification's Policy Advisory Committee and as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown and Yonsei universities. He holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and ABD from the University of California at San Diego.

During his fellowship tenure, Mr. Beck will search for effective strategies for Washington, Tokyo and Seoul to coordinate their human rights policies toward North Korea. His research will focus on several potential areas of cooperation, including incorporating a human rights component into a revived trilateral cooperation and oversight group, crafting a joint approach to the return of the more than 400 foreigners abducted by the North, and the feasibility of creating a joint resettlement organization for the roughly 3,000 North Korean refugees being resettled in South Korea, the United States, and Japan each year.