T. J. Pempel is a professor of political scientist at UC Berkeley, former director of the campus's Institute of East Asian Studies, and a leading expert on North Korea and on Japan. His research focuses on comparative politics, Japanese political economy, and Asian regional issues. Pempel's books include Crisis as Catalyst: Dynamics of the East Asian Political Economy and Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region (Cornell University Press), Beyond Bilateralism: U.S.-Japan Relations in the New Asia-Pacific (Stanford University Press) and Crisis as Catalyst: Asia's Dynamic Political Economy. Among other affiliations, he has served on the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific as chair of the Working Group on Northeast Asian Security. He is currently researching problems associated with U.S. foreign policy and Asian regionalism.