Inho Choi

Political Scientist, 2022-2023 Berggruen Fellow

Inho Choi is a Political Science Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University, expecting to receive his degree in July 2022. He holds his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University. He investigates ways to utilize East Asian political thought and international history for reconstructing the foundational concepts of the contemporary global order, such as sovereignty. His article, “‘Chinese’ hegemony from a Korean shi perspective,” proposed the rule of virtue to reorient sovereignty toward attunement to human and non-human cosmic forces and has appeared in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. At the Berggruen Institute, he will continue the research on the rule of virtue and write his book on the virtues of the state in East Asian International Relations. He will also extend the analysis of his book in two related projects. First, he explores how the fractal conception of space in East Asia can resolve conflicts of territorial sovereignty. Finally, he uses the Neo-Confucian notion of cosmic attunement to provide a novel normative language for ordering great power politics in the age of Anthropocene.