Scholar | Pundit |  Strategist

Welcome! Honestly, I was torn about whether to make this official website super personal or super professional. The result of that internal conflict is the hybrid personal-professional vanity presentation you see here. About me: I spent most of my career in Washington, D.C. as a think tanker and policy official in the Pentagon.  I now juggle being a professor and media commentator with research appointments at think tanks in both Washington and Wellington (yes, in New Zealand!).  I specialize in Asian security issues, U.S. foreign policy, and strategy design (it's a thing).  I’m best known as a Korea expert, and have written two books with Cambridge University Press, the second of which is titled On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War (available now!).  I love parenthetical statements (so true).  And I’ve just released a documentary about the Trump-Kim nuclear confrontation (which you can watch below). If you want to find out more about my work in media, academic research, or teaching, just follow the navigation links above.  Lots to peruse!

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