John Park is an Adjunct Lecturer and Director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also a Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program, where he was the 2012–2013 Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow. Dr. Park previously directed Northeast Asia Track 1.5 projects at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He advises Northeast Asia policy-focused officials at the Departments of Defense, State, and the Treasury; 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. He also worked in Goldman Sachs’ M&A Advisory Group in Hong Kong and The Boston Consulting Group’s Financial Services Practice in Seoul.
His current research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading sanctions. Dr. Park received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.