L. Gordon Flake joined the Mansfield Foundation in February 1999. He was previously a senior fellow and associate director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that director for research and academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.
Mr. Flake is co-editor with Park Roh-byug of the book New Political Realities in Seoul: Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations (Mansfield Foundation, March 2008) and co-editor with Scott Snyder of the book Paved with Good Intentions: the NGO Experience in North Korea (Praeger, 2003) and has published extensively on policy issues in Asia. He is a regular contributor on Korea issues in the U.S. and Asian press and has traveled to North Korea numerous times. He is a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and serves on the board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) as well as on the board of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America.
Mr. Flake was born in Rehoboth, New Mexico. He received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, also at B.Y.U. He speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian.