She received the achievement award in recognition of her contribution to the proliferation of the market economy and liberal democratic ideologies.
Lee, the country’s first female ambassador, was acknowledged for having stood up against efforts to stifle liberal democracy and the market economic system here. She was appointed Korea’s ambassador to Finland in 1996 and also to Russia in 1998.
Lee studied history at Wellesley College before receiving her master’s degree in Soviet Union regional studies from Radcliffe University. She earned her doctorate in history from Harvard University.