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John S. Park


John S. Park

Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs,
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

John S. Park is a Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He was the 2012–2013 Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Security Studies Program. He previously directed Northeast Asia Track 1.5 projects at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. These initiatives include the U.S.-China Project on Crisis Avoidance & Cooperation, the U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Dialogue in Northeast Asia, and the U.S.-China-Japan Dialogue on Risk Reduction & Crisis Prevention. He also advises officials focused on Northeast Asia at the Departments of Defense, State, and the Treasury, as well as on the National Security Council and congressional committees.

Dr. Park previously worked at Goldman Sachs, where he specialized in U.S. military privatization financing projects. Prior to that, he was the the project leader of the North Korea Analysis Group at the Harvard Kennedy School. He worked in Goldman Sachs on two occasions, where he was first involved in the M&A Advisory Group in Hong Kong and then later specialized in U.S. military privatization financing projects. He has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group's Financial Services Practice in Seoul.

Dr. Park's writings have appeared in Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, Wall Street Journal Asia, International Herald Tribune (international edition of The New York Times), and The Washington Quarterly. His publications include “Assessing the Role of Security Assurances in Dealing with North Korea,” in Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation (2012); a working paper on “North Korea, Inc.: Gaining Insights into North Korean Regime Stability from Recent Commercial Activities” (2009); and “North Korea’s Nuclear Policy Behavior: Deterrence and Leverage,” in The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia (2008).

Dr. Park received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.


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