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John Park
Director, Korea Working Group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard
Research Associate, MIT Security Studies Program

John Park is a Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program. He is also Director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Lecturer in the Government Department at Harvard College. His research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading targeted sanctions. He was the 2012-13 Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at MIT. He directed Northeast Asia Track 1.5 projects at the U.S. Institute of Peace during 2007-12. He advises Northeast Asia policy-focused officials at the Departments of Defense, State, and the Treasury; National Security Council; and on 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. Dr. Park received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow. He completed pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.