March 22, 2016

Victor Cha Featured at the ACAA 20th Anniversary Gala

At this year’s Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA) 20th Anniversary Gala at Low Library on April 30, we will honor an alumnus who exemplifies Columbia’s impact and breadth, Dr. Victor Cha ’83CC, ’88SIPA, ’92GSAS, ’93SIPA, ’94GSAS.


ACAA is proud to honor Dr. Cha with the Columbia Achievement Award. As the evening’s keynote speaker, Dr. Cha will share his thoughts on US/Asian relations and the rise of China’s impact. Join us for a compelling, meaningful evening of community building, networking, and looking forward to ACAA’s next 20 years.

Dr. Cha is a strong example of the potential and impact of the Asian Columbia alumni community. His parents met at an overseas Korean students mixer at Earl Hall (his father attended Columbia, his mother Juilliard). He grew up playing on the steps of Low Library, and ended up obtaining five Columbia degrees.

During his time at Columbia College, Dr. Cha took a senior-year elective course on international relations with Professor Robert Jervis, a renowned authority on international affairs, which paved the way for his future career in international relations and security. Having the opportunity to work with Professor Jervis again while completing a master’s at Oxford University, Dr. Cha returned to Columbia for his doctorate in international relations focused on the Japan-Korea-US security triangle.

Dr. Cha is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, a former John M. Olin National Security Fellow (Harvard), a Hoover National Fellow, CISAC Fellow, and William J. Perry Fellow (Stanford). He holds Georgetown University’s Dean’s Teaching Award for 2010 and the Distinguished Research Award for 2011. He has been a guest analyst for various media including CNN, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today, CBS’ This Morning, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, Colbert Report, and NPR.

Today, Dr. Cha is an internationally recognized expert on international relations and security issues, writing extensively on North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and China. He has had a distinguished career in academia as well as government service, including a stint as the national security adviser for Asia to the U.S. president. He is currently an endowed chair of international affairs at Georgetown University, where he oversees Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service, as well as serving as a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  


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