SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Wonwoong Jeong

BA (Grinnell), MA (Columbia), MSc (LSE)
  • Overview


Wonwoong Jeong
Mr Wonwoong Jeong
Email address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Thesis title:
The Dissolution of a Cold War Allignment: Korean-Japanese Relations, 1969-1979
Year of Study:
Internal Supervisors


I graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa, US with a BA in history. After the Columbia-LSE dual degree programme, I decided to stay in London for further study. My major interest lies in the Cold War, international history and leftist movements in East Asia.

PhD Research

This dissertation examines the rapid deterioration in South Korean-Japanese relations during the early 1970s, a period during which the two countries went through a series of politically sensitive incidents that included the abduction of Kim Dae Jung, the attempted assassination of then Korean President Park Chung Hee, and a series of fabricated espionage charges from both sides of the East Sea (Sea of Japan). While South Korea and Japan were both under the international diplomatic umbrella of an American hegemon, the Korean and Japanese governments nevertheless sought for independent ways to navigate discrete diplomatic difficulties. This study seeks to understand how the emergence of this partial détente affected the relationship between South Korea, Japan and United States within the context of the global Cold War.