David C. Kang

David C. Kang is a professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang is broadly interested in the international relations of Asia, with his research exploring questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations. His latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2017).

Kang is a regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military for his regional expertise. He has also written opinion pieces in several publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has appeared regularly in media such as CNN, WNYC, and NPR.

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Professor of International Relations and Business, University of Southern California 

Areas of Expertise: International Relations of Asia, Economic Development, Security Relations of Asia, North Korea

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: kangdc@usc.edu

You can also contact Kang’s assistant, Sarah Shear.
Phone: (213) 740-4059

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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an international affairs expert and senior editor at The Diplomat, an online Asian Affairs magazine.

He writes daily on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts a podcast on Asian geopolitics. He is also a columnist on Asian security affairs for the South China Morning Post. He is often quoted in the media on matters ranging from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear program to Chinese foreign policy.


Senior Editor at The Diplomat

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Security, Economics, Asia-Pacific Region, Asian Geopolitics

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Email: ankit@ankitpanda.com
Twitter: @nktpnd

John Park

John Park is director of the Korea Working Group and adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also faculty affiliate with the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He advises Northeast Asia officials at the Departments of Defense, State, and the Treasury, as well as on the National Security Council and Congressional committees.

His current research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading targeted sanctions. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs and served as project leader of the North Korea Analysis Group at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Park is a commentator on Northeast Asian security issues on CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Director of the Korea Working Group and adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School

Location: Cambridge, MA

Areas of Expertise: Asia & the Pacific, Nuclear Issues, International Security & Defense, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Nuclear proliferation, Nuclear weapons, Nuclear security, Nuclear waste, Energy, Nuclear power, North Korea nuclear program 

Contact Information:

E-mail: john_park@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: (917) 519-8651
Twitter: @DrJohnSPark