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Wed, Feb 24, 2021

National Geographic documentary: Garlauskas discusses the role of Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong

Markus Garlauskas made an appearance on a National Geographic documentary, “North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator” that went online on February 15, 2021. In the documentary, which explored the personality and motivations of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Garlauskas discussed the unique role of his sister Kim Yo Jong. Read more […]

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Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Garlauskas in United States Institute of Peace blog: It’s time to get real on North Korea

On February 9, Markus Garlauskas published a blog post, “It’s Time to Get Real on North Korea” on the United States Institute of Peace website. In this piece, Garlauskas argues that the Biden administration should form a new, pragmatic strategy that shifts the focus away from near-term denuclearization toward preventing further expansion of nuclear capabilities […]

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Mon, Feb 8, 2021

Garlauskas on Strauss Center’s webinar: The North Korea forecast for 2021

On February 2, Markus Garlauskas made an appearance as a guest speaker at a virtually held event by the Strauss Center for International Security and Law housed in the University of Texas at Austin, titled “The North Korea Forecast for 2021: A Former National Intelligence Officer’s View”. Based on his experience at the US National […]

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Markus Garlauskas is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative. He is an independent author and consultant, specializing in Northeast Asian security issues and strategic analysis.

Garlauskas served in the US government for nearly twenty years. He was appointed to the Senior National Intelligence Service as the National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for North Korea on the National Intelligence Council from July 2014 to June 2020. As NIO, he led the US intelligence community’s strategic analysis on North Korea issues and expanded analytic outreach to non-government experts. He also provided direct analytic support to top-level policy deliberations, including the presidential transition, as well as the Singapore and Hanoi summits with North Korea.

Garlauskas served for nearly twelve years overseas at the headquarters of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and US Forces Korea in Seoul. His staff assignments there included chief of the Intelligence Estimates Branch and director of the Strategy Division. For his service in Korea, he received the Joint Civilian Distinguished Service Award, the highest civilian award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Garlauskas holds a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and BA in History from Kent State University.