About Us

Policy Director

STEPHEN COSTELLO is a policy analyst with 30 years of experience in Korea and Northeast Asia as political consultant, policy analyst, think tank program director, and tech-sector business consultant.  He is now Non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Korean Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Mr. Costello specializes in policy and politics in Korea and Northeast Asia as well as US policy and policy-making toward the region. Costello has authored a column in the Korea Times of Seoul for 13 years. At AsiaEast, he interviews officials and policy specialists in the U.S., Korea and Northeast Asia.

Co-founder and Senior Advisor

PAUL TYSON is a 30 year State Department professional, with postings in UK, Germany, Kuwait, and the Iraq Green Zone during ===== With a law degree from George Washington University he has been a State Department Inspector General, assessing US Embassies in ,,, Tyson is a Non-resident Visiting Scholar at the GW Korea Institute, GWIKS.



AsiaEast will produce video discussions with journalists, policy-makers and policy specialists, focusing on the security, development and current diplomacy of the region. Programming is aimed at the professional policy community, including government officials, legislators, NGO specialists, businesspeople, academics and journalists. Videos will incorporate maps and other graphics, all focused on a group of interrelated issues that grab headlines today. From the outset, the AsiaEast target audience will include policy communities in Washington, Seoul, Tokyo, Canberra, Russia and Beijing, touching on these specific issues and their interrelationships:

  • U.S. interests on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, and those of China, Russia, Japan, Australia, the two Koreas and the EU
  • Politics and leadership in key countries
  • Northeast Asian regional development, security, politics, and diplomacy
  • North-South Korean dynamics, and visions of development
  • Nuclear, missile, WMD and arms development and nonproliferation efforts in Korea and Northeast Asia

These subjects will attract attention from diverse audiences, including young leaders in media, politics and culture; companies and institutes interested in economic development and integration in the region, and in security hardware and services; existing policy programs with a focus overlapping that of AsiaEast; and nonproliferation proponents. Beyond the primary countries of Northeast Asia, other governments and their Washington embassies will find this forum to be valuable.  Australia, Sweden, the UK and several EU countries may contribute senior embassy officials as guests.  AsiaEast will be promoted aggressively to interested audiences and potential partners and funders