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John S. Park

Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

Contact:
Email: john_park@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Dr. John Park is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and a researcher at MIT. He is also 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 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 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 earlier worked in Goldman Sachs' M&A Advisory Group in Hong Kong and the Boston Consulting Group's Financial Services Practice in Seoul.

Dr. Park is a commentator on Northeast Asian security issues on CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Dr. Park's publications include: "The Key to the North Korean Targeted Sanctions Puzzle," The Washington Quarterly (Fall 2014); "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 21st Century Asia (Stanford University Press, 2008).

His current research focuses on the North Korean regime's accumulated learning in evading targeted sanctions. 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

 

2016

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March 10, 2016

"To Stop the Missiles, Stop North Korea, Inc."

Op-Ed, The New York Times

By James Walsh, Former Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom/Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, 2002-2006; Former Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 1999-2002 and John S. Park, Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom

In this op-ed for the New York Times, former MTA Executive Director James Walsh and MTA Faculty Affiliate John S. Park argue that, though American diplomats should be proud of the new sanctions on North Korea that the United Nations Security Council passed last week, the key to stopping North Korea's weapons program is completely dismantling the private Chinese firms that help import illicit goods, through cooperation between the United States and China.

 

2014

November 1, 2014

"The Key to the North Korean Targeted Sanctions Puzzle"

Journal Article, Washington Quarterly, issue 37, volume 3

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

"At no point in the history of U.S. nonproliferation and counterproliferation policy have financial sanctions been so central to U.S. efforts to prevent or rollback the acquisition of nuclear weapons in countries such as North Korea and Iran. Despite this crucial role, financial sanctions have been examined almost solely from the sender’s perspective, that is, the country imposing the sanctions. Few focused policy analyses have measured the effects of these instruments from the target’s perspective..."

 

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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We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.