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Hyun-seung Lee and David Maxwell

Hyun-seung Lee is a fellow at Global Peace Foundation and an advisor to the North Korea Human Rights Watch. He is a highly sought-after consultant specializing in North Korea affairs for a variety of think tanks and NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area. As the son of a high-ranking DPRK government official, Hyun-seung was raised in an elite environment with the most prestigious opportunities available in North Korean society. After graduating summa cum laude from Pyongyang Foreign Language School, he completed his military service as a sergeant for the 4th Corps and the General Staff Department of Korea People's Army. He was granted membership in the Korean Workers' Party when he was twenty years old. He also served as Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in the Dalian, China branch while studying at China’s Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. He then worked in DPRK-China business relations in a managing role for a business entity under the DPRK regime. Despite his prestigious background and elite-level education, a series of brutal purges by Kim Jong Un forced him and his entire family to defect in 2014 and they are now settled in the United States.   David Maxwell, a 1945 Contributing Editor, is a retired US Army Special Forces Colonel who has spent more than 30 years in Asia and specializes in North Korea and East Asia Security Affairs and irregular, unconventional, and political warfare. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Small Wars Journal. He is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Senior Fellow at the Global Peace Foundation (where he focuses on a free and unified Korea), and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy.