Rüdiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds., 2010) Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia; (ed., 2011) Exploring North Korean Arts; and (with J. Hoare, P. Köllner and S. Pares, eds., 2011) Korea 2011: Politics, Economy, and Society.
John Swenson-Wright is the Fuji Bank University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. His early research focused on early Cold War US-Japan foreign and security relations and was published as Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Towards Japan, 1945-1960 (2005). In addition, he is the editor of The Best Course Available. A Personal Account of the Secret US-Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations (2002). His current interest focuses on contemporary political and security interests in Northeast Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.