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Sukjoon Yoon

Captain N (ret) Sukjoon Yoon

Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator , The Korean Institute for Military Affairs

Sukjoon Yoon is a Navy Captain, Republic of Korea Navy (retired), and is currently a senior fellow of the Korea Institute for Military Affairs (KIMA). Before joining KIMA, Captain Yoon’s more than thirty-five years of commissioned service included thirteen years at sea as a principle surface warfare officer and several command and staff appointments. He has been director of maritime strategy studies at the Naval War College, commanding officer of the ROKS WONSAN, chief of policy analysis section and director of policy division, ROKN Headquarters.

He graduated of the Naval Academy class of 1976 and of the commander’s course of the Naval War College in Korea. He holds a MA in Chinese politics from the National Defense University, Taiwan and a Ph. D in Chinese military affairs from Bristol University, United Kingdom.

His academic works focus on military strategy, maritime/naval strategy, maritime security and Chinese military modernization, and his recent publications include “No More Squabble between ROKN and JMSDF: This is SAR operation, not warfare,” The National Interest, January 7, 2019; “The US Ambassador's Misplaced Priorities?” CSIS PacNet #11, February 12, 2019; “Rethinking Japan-South Korea Defense Relations,” The Diplomat, March 2, 2019; “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific(FOIP): The South Korean perspective,” The Diplomat, April 1, 2019: “China’s changing role on the Korean Peninsula,” The Diplomat, May 31, 2019; “Trump’s DMZ visit was all show no substance,” The National Interest, July 14, 2019; “6 Myths about OPCON transfer and the US-South Korea alliance,” The Diplomat, September 25, 2019; “Special Maritime Joint Force Relationship between ROKN and KCG,” Ian Bowers and Collin Koh, ed., al. Navy-Coast Guard Relationship (London: Routledge, 2019).

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