Jeongmin Seo chairs the Department of Middle East and African Studies at Graduate School of International Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea. Before he got the teaching position, Prof. Seo worked as a Middle East correspondent in Cairo dispatched from Joongang Daily Newspaper, a major Korean newspaper. He holds a D.Phil. in politics from University of Oxford and two MAs from the American University in Cairo and Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation in Seoul. Seo also conducted one-year post-doctoral courses at Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His main fields of research are religion and politics of the contemporary Middle East and state-society relations of the region. His recent publications include “Decline of Spiritual Authority: Religious Officials in the Egyptian Society.” Korean Journal of Islamic Studies Association 20-3 (Fall 2010): 115-136. (English); Burj Khalifa. Seoul: Gloyeon, 2010 (Korean); “‘Political’ Nuclear Development in the Arab World.” Korean Journal of the Middle East Studies 30-2 (October 2009): 131-153 (English); Global Energy Hub, the Middle East. Seoul: Mirae Asset, 2009 (Korean); The Middle East, Land of Human. Seoul: Joongang Books, 2009 (Korean); and The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes (Translation into Korean) (Seoul: Strategy and Culture, 2009) (Korean).
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