San Francisco and Seoul, December 16, 2011 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Peter Beck as country representative in Korea effective January 3, 2012. Mr. Beck succeeds Edward Reed, who joined the Foundation in 2004 as Korea country representative, and successfully expanded the scope of the Korea country program. Dr. Reed was instrumental in forging a partnership with Korean Development Institute (KDI) and launching the multi-country Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation dialogue. Most recently, Dr. Reed and the Foundation played a key role at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) in Busan, Korea.
“While we are sad to bid farewell to Ed – whose tremendous leadership, commitment, and perseverance have positioned the Foundation well for future success in Korea – we are thrilled about Peter Beck’s appointment,” said David D. Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation. “Peter brings extraordinary strengths and experience to expand the Foundation’s ongoing engagement of Korean opinion leaders, and we are excited to welcome him back.”
A seasoned Korea specialist and former Asia Foundation Haas intern, Mr. Beck brings strong research, academic, and international development credentials to the country representative position in Korea. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Beck was the Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo and the Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University.
“The Asia Foundation is a special organization, and I have maintained a deep and abiding respect for its work here,” said Beck, who has spent seven years in Korea. “I am thrilled to rejoin the Foundation to head up the country program and deepen our partnerships with the Korean government and corporate community. I also look forward to continuing the Foundation’s positive efforts to strengthen Korea’s ties with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.”
Previously, Mr. Beck was the Northeast Asia Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul (2004-2007) and Director of Research at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC (1997-2004).
A prolific writer and lecturer, Mr. Beck has taught at Georgetown University, the Naval Post Graduate School, American University, Yonsei University, and Ewha Womans University. Mr. Beck’s published articles have appeared in such journals as Foreign Affairs and Asian Survey as well as dailies like the Wall Street Journal, Bangkok Post, Japan Times, and Korea Herald. Mr. Beck received his B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and conducted his graduate studies in Comparative Public Policy and International Relations at the University of California at San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Mr. Beck studied Korean at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Hanguk University of Foreign Studies.