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John S. Park

Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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December 8, 2009

"America and China Diverge on a Shared Korean Goal"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By John S. Park, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Drew Thompson

"...if China continues to prioritise friendly commercial relations with North Korea and Iran, it will threaten its own long-term security. A chronically proliferating North Korea would provoke Japan to reassess the need for a nuclear deterrent, while a nuclear-armed Iran could destabilise the Gulf and global energy markets. Crafting an approach that includes a sustained US-China engagement to clarify each side's intent, provides for China's energy security and maintains a focus on the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran is more likely to achieve our shared non-proliferation goals."

 

AP Photo

December 8, 2009

"America and China Diverge on a Shared Korean Goal"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By John S. Park, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Drew Thompson

"...if China continues to prioritise friendly commercial relations with North Korea and Iran, it will threaten its own long-term security. A chronically proliferating North Korea would provoke Japan to reassess the need for a nuclear deterrent, while a nuclear-armed Iran could destabilise the Gulf and global energy markets. Crafting an approach that includes a sustained US-China engagement to clarify each side's intent, provides for China's energy security and maintains a focus on the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran is more likely to achieve our shared non-proliferation goals."

 

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December 2012

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

Policy Brief

By John S. Park, Associate, 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, Associate, 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.

 

 

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October 12, 2011

"Mr. Lee Goes to Washington"

Policy Memo

By John S. Park, Associate, 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."

 

 

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April 2010

"The Sinking of South Korea's Naval Vessel: A Major Turning Point"

Policy Memo

By John S. Park, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"Many in South Korea have already reached their own conclusion — the Cheonan incident is a stark reminder that North Korea remains a clear and present danger. A growing South Korean view is that more than a decade of nuclear drama, food shortages, starvation, borderline economic collapse, and currency reform debacles, followed by bailouts from progressive South Korean governments and the Communist Party of China has made the international community complacent about the direct military threat that North Korea poses. The Cheonan is a wake-up call."

 

 

AP Photo

December 8, 2009

"America and China Diverge on a Shared Korean Goal"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By John S. Park, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Drew Thompson

"...if China continues to prioritise friendly commercial relations with North Korea and Iran, it will threaten its own long-term security. A chronically proliferating North Korea would provoke Japan to reassess the need for a nuclear deterrent, while a nuclear-armed Iran could destabilise the Gulf and global energy markets. Crafting an approach that includes a sustained US-China engagement to clarify each side's intent, provides for China's energy security and maintains a focus on the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran is more likely to achieve our shared non-proliferation goals."

 

AP Photo

December 2012

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

Policy Brief

By John S. Park, Associate, 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, Associate, 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, Associate, 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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