Dr. Lee 's President Park

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Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Hong Yong-Pyo received his B.A. and J.D. from Yonsei University, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University. He has been serving as a Blue House secretary for unification issues since his nomination by President Park Geun-hye as the unification minister on February 17, 2015.

Minister Hong was also a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification for four years and served as the head of the Institute of Unification Policy in Hanyang University. Before stepping into politics, he also worked as a professor of political science and diplomacy at Hanyang University.

Dr. Hong first entered politics when he joined Park’s transition committee in late 2012. With the launch of the new administration in 2013, President Park tapped Hong as her presidential secretary for unification. Dr. Hong was an assistant to President Park for two years during which time he was well known for having played a key role in crafting President Park’s policies on unification affairs.

Minister Hong was initially nominated after President Park carried out a partial reshuffle of the Cabinet on February 17, nominating three new ministers for unification, maritime, transport and financial regulation. All the nominees were required to undergo confirmation hearings at the National Assembly, however, only the prime minister had veto power. Having previously worked with President Park on the inter-Korean issues since 2010, he is expected…
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