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Jul 6, 2022

Garlauskas discusses significance of ROK relationship with NATO on Voice of America’s “Washington Talk”

On July 2, Markus Garlauskas was featured on the “Washington Talk” show for Voice of America. Garlauskas spoke on the significance of the Republic of Korea’s growing relationship with NATO, in the context of President Yoon’s recent visit to the NATO Summit, during which European and Asian allies strategized collective deterrence strategies against threats from […]

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Jun 28, 2022

Garlauskas featured in Voice of America on South Korea’s first NATO summit

On June 27, Markus Garlauskas was mentioned in an article, “What to Expect From South Korea’s First NATO Summit,” in Voice of America. In this article, Garlauskas emphasizes the shared security interest in nuclear deterrence between NATO and South Korea. He warns that Russian use of nuclear weapons could serve to embolden North Korea’s usage.  […]

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Apr 28, 2022

Garlauskas featured in the Wall Street Journal regarding the US perspective on tackling North Korean challenges

On March 25, Markus Garlauskas, a nonresident senior fellow at the Asia Security Initiative, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on US policies toward North Korea given the recent testing of an intercontinental-ballistic missile. Noting frequent missile testing since 2019, Garlauskas argues that the lack of US sanctions or deterrence against amplified testing results from […]

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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 BA in History from Kent State University. He earned a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s Security Studies graduate program, where he is now an adjunct professor.