Jörg Michael is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, Korea. He holds degrees from NUI Galway, FU Berlin and the University of Bath and obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). He is the co-author of ‘Syria and the Euro-Mediterranean Relationship’, St Andrews Papers on Contemporary Syria (Lynne Rienner 2008) and of ‘Analyzing the Domestic and International Conflict in Syria: Are There Lessons from Political Science?’ (Syria Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2014). His research concerns comparative politics and comparative public policy with a focus on the interaction between international organizations and transition countries and has been published in journals such as ‘Global Social Policy’, ‘Journal of European Public Policy’, ‘Korean Journal of Policy Studies’ and ‘Social Policy and Administration’.