President of Korea Research Institute for National Strategy
Lee, Sanghee graduated Kyunggi High School and entered the 26th class of the Korea Military Academy and upon graduation in 1970, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in infantry. His civilian education includes BA in Sociology from Seoul National University and MA in Public Administration from Yonsei University. In 1994 he was a visiting fellow at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland. After retirement, in 2007 and 2010 he was a nonresident senior fellow at the Bookings Institution.
Minister Lee held various military experiences both commander and staff positions in field. From 1992 to 1994, he was assigned as Assistant Secretary for National Defense Policy at the Office of the Presidential Secretariat. In 1995, he took the position of Chief of Force Planning, G-5. From 1996 until 1998, he served as the Commanding General of the 30th Mechanized Infantry Division. In 1998, he became Director General of the Policy Planning Bureau at the Ministry of National Defense. In October 1999, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed the position of the Commanding General of the 5th Corps until November 2001. He commanded the 3rd ROK Army (TROKA) and served as the 32nd Chairman of the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff from April 2005 until his retirement on November 2006.
After retired, he studied at the Brookings Institution as a nonresident senior fellow in 2007 and served as the Minister of National Defense from February 2008 until November 2009.
Now from March 2012, he is currently serving as the President of the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy.