Geopolitical Risk
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Our
Mission

Provide partners with analyses and on-the-ground insight into the geopolitical risks and opportunities in Northeast Asia and the United States. Design bespoke pathways to navigate an increasingly complex political and security landscape.

Area of
Expertise

  • Political-Military Affairs
  • Strategy Design
  • National Security
  • Risk Management
  • Emerging Technology
  • Foreign Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Crisis Response

What
We Do

Advisory

Provide insight through informed analyses. Design strategies to anticipate, navigate, as well as mitigate political and security risks. Consult on commercial technology development and application in support of national security. Develop crisis management and response plans.

Research & Analysis

Conduct innovative studies on new and emerging issues related to politics, security, and technology (PS&T).

Education & Training

Provide a learning platform and training modules to raise understanding of strategic issues related to PS&T.

Knowledge-Sharing

Cultivate a diverse and more balanced (e.g. gender, age, political orientation, government & non-government/academics/industry) community of experts on security. Raise public awareness on related issues.

Our
Team

Managing Director & Principal Advisor

S. Paul CHOI (최석훈)

Mr. Choi’s expertise is in political-military affairs, international security, and strategy design. Until 2018, Mr. Choi was a strategist and international relations specialist...

Mr. Choi’s expertise is in political-military affairs, international security, and strategy design. Until 2018, Mr. Choi was a strategist and international relations specialist at the United Nations Command / Republic of Korea-US Combined Forces Command / US Forces Korea, where he worked in both the Commander's Strategic Initiatives Group and the Directorate for Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Strategic Communications. Previously, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, Visiting Scholar at Fudan University, a Consultant to the Center for US-Korea Policy at the Asia Foundation, a Faculty Lecturer at the Korea Military Academy, and an Officer in the ROK Army.

Mr. Choi is actively engaged in track 1.5 dialogues on allied integration for deterrence, regional security architectures, and extended deterrence. He has been an invited speaker at various academic institutions, government agencies, and think-tanks around the world, including the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey; the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) campuses in DC and Nanjing; Renmin University in Beijing; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; the Federation of American Scientists, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office's Executive Agency Wilton Park; Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris; and Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid.

He is an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum, a Honolulu-based foreign policy research institute; and affiliated with the War Studies Department at King's College London. Mr. Choi holds an MA in international cooperation from Seoul National University Graduate School of International Studies and a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Advisor for Technology

Wan Gee CHO (조완기)

Mr. Cho’s expertise is in disruptive technologies. Mr. Cho works as a Venture Capitalist at Atinum Investment, one of the leading venture capital investment houses...

Mr. Cho’s expertise is in disruptive technologies. Mr. Cho works as a Venture Capitalist at Atinum Investment, one of the leading venture capital investment houses in the Republic of Korea, where his investment focuses on start-ups working with artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and advanced robotics.

Prior to his Venture Capitalist career, Mr. Cho was a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney, where he provided business consultation to a number of global leading ICT service and manufacturing companies. Previously, he was an R&D engineer at Samsung Electronics, designing radio frequency circuits for the Galaxy S series, the smartphone manufacturer’s flagship lineup. Mr. Cho has served his military duty as an Interpretation Officer at the ROK-US Combined Forces Command.

Mr. Cho holds a BS in electrical engineering and is an ML candidate in intellectual property law, both at Seoul National University.

Advisor for Public Policy

Darcie DRAUDT

Ms. Draudt’s expertise is on state-society relations and the politics of national strategy. In 2019, she was in Seoul as a visiting scholar at the Yonsei University Department of Political Science...

Ms. Draudt’s expertise is on state-society relations and the politics of national strategy. In 2019, she was in Seoul as a visiting scholar at the Yonsei University Department of Political Science and a Korea Foundation dissertation fieldwork fellow. Draudt was a previously Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-resident James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellow at Pacific Forum, and Field Researcher for the International Organization for Migration Research and Training Center.

Ms. Draudt frequently participates in Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues on the Northeast Asian geostrategic environment and alliance management, Korean Peninsula affairs, and state-society relations in Northeast Asia. She has been invited to speak at academic institutions, think tanks, and NGOs around the world, including the Brookings Institution and Korea Economic Institute of America in DC; the Korea Foundation in Seoul; the National Democratic Institute; and the Institutes of Korea Studies Institutes at Indiana University Bloomington, George Washington University, and University of Southern California.

Ms. Draudt is currently based in the Washington, DC area, and is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University. She holds an MA in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Korean Studies from the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, and a BA in Anthropology from Davidson College. Her personal website, which links to her publications and media appearances, can be found here.

Our
Team

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Seoul, Republic of Korea 04542