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 Timesand the Washington Post, and he has appeared regularly in media such as CNN, WNYC, and NPR.
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
Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Prior to her current position, Asha served as a Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.
Her work involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performing undercover work. While in the FBI, Asha gained experience in intelligence tradecraft, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation techniques, and firearms and the use of deadly force. Asha has made media appearances on NPR, BBC, and several major television networks.
Senior Lecturer, Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Areas of Expertise: National Security, Constitutional Law, International Affairs, Domestic Terrorism
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
Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank that seeks to reduce inequality and promote security at home and abroad. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University. He works on issues of international security, international law, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia.
Jeffrey Fields teaches international relations at the University of Southern California and directs USC’s Dornsife Washington DC Program. His research focuses on American foreign policy, international security, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Fields is the recent recipient of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a project to facilitate interaction between policymakers and scholars. Prior to teaching at USC, he served as a senior adviser and political-military analyst with the Department of Defense and as a foreign affairs officer with the State Department, where he helped advice the president’s special representative for nonproliferation.