Kim Dong Jung

Social Sciences (Political Science)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor DJ Kim received his PhD (2015) from the University of Chicago, and obtained a BA (2005) and an MA (2008) from Korea University. Prior to joining Yale-NUS, Asst Prof Kim was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center’s International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School. He has received grants from a number of organisations including the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies and the Smith Richardson Foundation. His research has appeared in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Affairs, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Strategic Studies, Pacific Review, Political Science Quarterly, and The Washington Quarterly, among others. Asst Prof Kim is currently working on a book manuscript that examines a leading great power’s employment of compound containment measures against a rising power.

Asst Prof Kim’s research interests include international relations theory, balancing strategies, the security-economy nexus in international politics, US foreign policy, and alliance politics. His book project examines a reigning great power’s employment of multilayered balancing measures in dealing with a rising power. Asst Prof Kim’s other ongoing projects examine the US options in dealing with a rising China, the evolution of hegemonic competition, and the nexus of security and economy in international politics.

“A Prologue to Manifest Destiny: Why Britain Allowed the United States’ Unchallenged Rise in North America, 1836-1848,” Political Science Quarterly, forthcoming

“Unfaithful Allies? U.S. Security Clients in China-led International Institutions,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, forthcoming

“The Perils of Geoeconomics,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 1 (2019), pp. 153-170

“Economic Deterrence through Economic Engagement,” Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2019), pp. 176-186

“Realists as Free Traders: The Struggle for Power and the Case against Protectionism,” International Affairs, Vol. 94, No. 6 (2018), pp. 1269-1286

“Trading with the Enemy? The Futility of US Commercial Countermeasures against the Chinese Challenge,” The Pacific Review, Vol. 30, No. 3 (May 2017), pp. 289-308

“Choosing the Right Sidekick: Economic Complements to US Military Grand Strategies,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 39, No. 5/6 (October 2016), pp. 899-921

Global Governance
Economy-Security Nexus
International Security
US Foreign Policy