Lee Hong-koo has had a long and distinguished career in academia, government, and politics. After graduating from Oxford College in 1957 and Emory College in 1959, Dr. Lee received a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and went on to hold professorships at Emory, Case Western Reserve University, and Seoul National University. His early government service included appointments as Minister of National Unification (1988) and Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1991). From 1994-96, he served as Prime Minister of Korea in President Kim Young Sam's government. In 1998, at the height of the Asian financial crisis, he was posted to Washington as Ambassador to the United States. Dr. Lee currently serves as chairman of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs.