Liu Ming currently serves as professor of the Institute of International Relations (IIR), and director of the Center for Korea Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and Senior Fellow of the Charhar Institute. He was director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at SASS from 2009-2012. His research interests cover major power relations, US strategy, Chinese foreign policy, maritime security, Northeast Asia security. Over his 27 year career, Dr. Liu won several academic awards from Shanghai academic associations. He has contributed extensively to several leading Chinese and English journals in China, the US, Canada and South Korea.