Vice Chairman Alex Wong is a senior fellow at The Hudson Institute. His research spans U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs, with a particular focus on U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific region and the future of the Korean Peninsula.
Mr. Wong most recently served as the Deputy Special Representative for North Korea and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea at the U.S. Department of State. In that position, he was the No. 2 negotiator in denuclearization talks with North Korea and guided the U.S.-led international pressure campaign.
Previously, Mr. Wong led the State Department’s efforts to implement the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional and Security Affairs in the State Department’s East Asia bureau. In 2020, Mr. Wong was unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the U.S. Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, a position in which he would have represented the United States on all matters before the UN Security Council.
Prior to his most recent stint at the State Department, Mr. Wong was the Foreign Policy Advisor and General Counsel to Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and the Foreign and Legal Policy Director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign.
Mr. Wong is a licensed attorney, spent years counseling Fortune 100 clients on international trade and governmental investigations matters, and began his legal career as a clerk for the honorable Janice Rogers Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Wong graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. with high honors from Harvard Law School where he was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.
Vice Chairman Wong was reappointed to the Commission in 2021 by then House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for a term expiring December 31, 2023.