Dr. Sungmin Cho joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies for Security Studies (APCSS) as an Associate Professor in August 2018. His research interests cover the politics of North and South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan. Prior to APCSS, Dr. Cho was a Lecturer for the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University, where he taught domestic politics of China and the politics of nuclear weapons in East Asia for both undergraduate and graduate students. He received his PhD from Georgetown University in May 2018, with his dissertation on China’s political reform and strategic openness to the Western democracy promotion programs. Before starting his doctoral program in 2012, Dr. Cho was a Pacific Forum James Kelly Korean Studies Fellow for one year in 2011 and lived in China in 2008-2010, during which he obtained his Masters of Arts degree in International Relations at Peking University. Dr. Cho received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Korea University in 2005 and served in the Korean Army as an Interpretation Officer from 2005 to 2008, including a 7-month tour of Iraq in 2006.