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John S. Park

Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

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Email: john_park@harvard.edu

 

Experience

John S. Park is a Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and in the Government Department at Harvard College. He is also an Associate 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 MIT's 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 advises Northeast Asia policy-focused officials 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 project leader of the North Korea Analysis Group at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. He previously worked in Goldman Sachs' M&A Advisory Group in Hong Kong and 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 (Stanford University Press, 2012); "North Korea, Inc.: Gaining Insights into North Korean Regime Stability from Recent Commercial Activities" (USIP Working Paper, May 2009); and "North Korea's Nuclear Policy Behavior: Deterrence and Leverage," in The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21stCentury Asia (Stanford University Press, 2008).

Dr. Park received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University and completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.

 

 

By Date

 

2013

December 13, 2013

"The Fallout from Jang Song-taek's Execution"

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

"With the elimination of Jang and the dismantling of his lucrative patronage system, there will be setbacks in Sino-DPRK commercial interactions that will decrease the generation of funds for the Kim regime. In order to fill these funding gaps, it's now more likely that the Kim regime may try to increase revenues from illicit activities like WMD-related sales."

 

 

Oct 2, 2013

"Nuclear Ambition and Tension on the Korean Peninsula"

Book Chapter

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

With origins dating back to the late 1960s, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has evolved to be a multipurpose instrument of the regime’s security strategy.This book chapter presents a new framework of analysis to explore North Korea’s evolving use of its nuclear arsenal and implications for both the Korean Peninsula and U.S. policy.

 

 

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January 2013

"Deciphering North Korea's New Year's Address: The Real Road Ahead"

News

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

Kim Jong-eun's New Year's Day address signaled a willingness to ease tensions with South Korea and focus on economic development, but how credible is this message? Project on Managing the Atom Associate and MIT Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow John Park analyzes the address in an HKS PolicyCast.

 

2012

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December 2012

"The Leap in North Korea's Ballistic Missile Program: The Iran Factor"

Policy Brief

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

John S. Park, Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Project on Managing the Atom Associate, argues that cooperation between North Korea and Iran has been a critical—yet underexamined—enabler of North Korea's recent success. He concludes that the time has come for the United States to view the two previously independent missile programs as two sides of the same coin and recommends strategies for disrupting the procurement channels between Iran and North Korea.

 

 

August 2012

"Assessing the Role of Security Assurances in Dealing with North Korea"

Book Chapter

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

This chapter examines the relationship between security assurances and North Korean nuclear decision-making by focusing on four key areas: key geopolitical shocks that had a major impact on the North Korean regime; main sources of security assurances for North Korea over its history; this volume's hypotheses on security assurances based on how North Korea reacted to geopolitical shocks; and conditions under which security assurances may be most effective in dealing with North Korea in the future.

 

 

Summer 2012

Q&A: John S. Park

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

John Park, a senior research associate at the U.S. Institute of Peace and currently a visiting fellow with the Belfer Center's International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, recently sat down with for a one-on-one interview where he talked about his work with the Center and his contributions to the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.

 

 

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April 16, 2012

John Park on North Korea After Kim Jong-il

In the News

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

John Park, research fellow with the Belfer Center's Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, is interviewed by CNN, NPR, and other media about the regional and global impact of the death of North Korea's Kim Jong-il.

 

2011

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December 19, 2011

"The Fog of the Post–Kim Jong-il Period"

Q&A

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

John Park, a senior program officer who directs USIP's Korea Working Group, analyzes the key policy issues arising from the sudden death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on December 17.

 

 

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October 12, 2011

"Mr. Lee Goes to Washington"

Policy Memo

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

"Amid setbacks and chronic challenges in almost every major region, Washington views South Korea as a linchpin on a global scale. From hosting the G20 summit in 2010 to preparing to host the next Nuclear Security Summit in 2012, South Korea has been establishing itself as a global partner in addressing common challenges, ranging from rebalancing the international economy to preventing the use of nuclear materials for terrorist attacks. For President Lee, the state visit is an important opportunity to demonstrate South Korea’s unique role as a bridge between the developed and developing countries."

 

2010

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September 28, 2010

"North Korea's Leadership Succession: The China Factor"

Policy Memo

By John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

On September 28, North Korean state media announced that Kim Jong-il's third son, Kim Jong-eun, was promoted to the rank of four-star general just prior to the opening of the Workers' Party of Korea conference. Kim Jong-eun was later named vice chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission at the conference. These important developments follow the late August meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Changchun, near the Sino-DPRK border, which appears to have cleared the way for this Party conference. After the meeting, both countries' state media reported the leaders' support for the rising generation of the Party — a clear reference to Kim Jong-eun.

 

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