Jessica Lee


Korean Peninsula, Japan, alliances and strategy in East Asia


East Asia


Jessica J. Lee is a Senior Research Fellow in the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute. Her research focuses on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, as well as alliances and strategy in East Asia. Previously, Jessica led the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the national voice and influence of the Korean American community. Prior to CKA, Jessica was a Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum in Honolulu, where she published articles on security and economic relations in East Asia. She was previously a senior manager at The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm, as well as its first chief philanthropy officer. Prior to The Asia Group, Jessica served as a staff member in the House of Representatives for six years, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia region for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior legislative assistant on foreign policy and trade issues for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee. Jessica’s analysis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, USA Today, the Washington Times, and The Nation. Jessica serves on the board of International Student Conferences, Inc., a U.S. nonprofit that supports cultural exchange between students from the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China. Jessica is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and an A.M. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University. 

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