June 27, 2013 11:34
Stephen Bosworth, a former U.S. special envoy to North Korea, is to head a Washington-based think tank on Korean affairs. Johns Hopkins University in a statement Tuesday said Bosworth, who stepped down as the dean of Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy recently, will become chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Bosworth was ambassador to the Philippines and Tunisia and headed the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization from 1995 to 1997, leading negotiations to build a light-water reactor in North Korea. From 1997 to 2001, he served as ambassador to South Korea.
After being appointed special envoy for North Korean affairs at the start of the Obama administration in 2009, Bosworth orchestrated North Korea policy at the working level but was criticized for doing the job only part time while keeping his position at Tufts.
Vali Nasr, the dean of Johns Hopkins' Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, said in a press release, "Ambassador Bosworth is one of America's most distinguished diplomats with deep knowledge of Korea, its global role and regional interests."
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