June Park

Visiting Fellow


June Park is a visiting fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. She is an inaugural Asia fellow of the International Strategy Forum at Schmidt Futures and a nonresident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington, D.C.

Park is a political economist by training and works on the geoeconomics of technology among East Asia, Europe, the Gulf, and the U.S. She focuses on trade, energy, and technological conflicts. Park has published peer-reviewed articles in World Development and Asian Perspective, among others, and has authored numerous book chapters and policy reports. At the ME Council, Park is working on South Korea-GCC relations. She currently is finalizing her first book, Digital Trade Wars & Currency Conflict: China, South Korea, and Japan’s Responses to U.S. Pressures since COVID-19.

Previously, Park was a Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. Recently, she has served as a consultant on central bank digital currencies (CBDC) for the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and on artificial intelligence (AI) legislations for Ernst & Young, Japan.

Park advises on economic security for European governments and think-tanks. She contributes to the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and provides her analysis to the East Asia Forum and The Diplomat, while engaging with various media outlets such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera.

Research Areas

  • Digital economy
  • Emerging technologies and tech conflict
  • Energy transition

Countries of Focus

  • Gulf (GCC)
  • Northeast Asia
  • Western Europe
  • U.S.

Other Areas of Interest

  • Investment (MoUs)
  • Energy transactions (oil and gas, renewables, and nuclear)
  • Trade (FTAs)


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Boston University, 2015
  • M.A., Political Science, Korea University, 2007
  • B.A, Political Science, Korea University, 2005


The expansion of BRICS, announced at the August summit in South Africa, signals an emerging shift in the international order. Middle East Council experts analyze the significance of the bloc on the global stage and discuss questions raised at the summit about multipolarity, de-dollarization, and more.
Galip Dalay, Beverley Milton Edwards, Aisha Al-Sarihi, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Adel Abdel Ghafar, Ranj Alaaldin, June Park, Oumeyma Chelbi, Abdalftah Hamed Ali