Alex Chang Lee is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow with the Security Studies Program at MIT. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine. Alex also holds an M.A. in International Security from Korea University and a B.A. in International Studies from Southern Methodist University. Before joining the SSP at MIT, Alex was a 2016-2017 Japanese Doctoral Fellow at The University of Tokyo, 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar at the Korea University, and 2016 James Kelly Non-Resident Fellow at Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His specializations include nuclear non-proliferation studies, East Asian regional studies, comparative foreign policy, and international security studies.
The objective of his work has been primarily analytical, aiming at a better understanding of why Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are experiencing different outcomes in their nuclear decisions in the post-Fukushima era and how these deviating outcomes will influence these states’ non-nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policies, and US foreign policy towards East Asia in the coming years. Alex is currently working on redrafting his dissertation into a book manuscript and expand his primary research focus on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.