Daniel Pinkston

Deputy Project Director,

North East Asia Program

Crisis Group Role:

Daniel Pinkston focuses on inter-Korean relations, domestic politics, regional security, nonproliferation and the reform process in North Korea.


Areas of expertise:

  • Korean peninsula
  • North Korea
  • Inter-Korean relations
  • North East Asian security and political economy
  • WMD and missile nonproliferation

Professional background:

  • The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (2000-2007):
  • Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Program (2005-2007)
  • Acting director, Proliferation Research and Assessment Program (2003-2004)
  • Senior research associate for the Korean peninsula (2000-2003)
  • Adjunct professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (2005-2006)
  • Visiting professor of international relations, Korea University, Seoul (2004)
  • Adjunct faculty, Monterey Institute of International Studies (2003-2007)
  • Doctorate in international relations, University of California, San Diego (1999)
  • M.A. in Korean studies, Yonsei University, Seoul (1992)
  • Korean Linguist, United States Air Force (1980-1984)

Selected publications and media:

  • The North Korean Ballistic Missile Program, a monograph for the U.S. Army War College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2008)
  • Numerous book chapters, including in the following: The Evolving U.S.-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power (London, 2009); North Korea’s Foreign Policy under Kim Jong Il (Surrey, 2009); A Turning Point: Democratic Consolidation in the ROK and Strategic Readjustment in the US-ROK Alliance (Honolulu, 2005); Global War on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and North Korea (Seoul, 2004)
  • Journal articles in Journal of East Asian Studies, Korea Journal of Defense Analysis, Astropolitics, KNDU Review, The Nonproliferation Review, Survival, and Asian Perspective
  • Associate editor, The Nonproliferation Review (2004-2010)
  • Senior consultant and writer, The International Export Control Observer (2005-2007)
  • Associate editor and writer, The Asian Export Control Observer (2004-2005)
  • Radio, television and print media interviews with the Voice of America, the BBC, National Public Radio, KBS Radio, CNN, YTN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Korea Times, the Chosun Ilbo, the Donga Ilbo, the Hankyoreh, Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, others


  • English (native)
  • Korean (fluent)

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