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Apr 27, 2022

Garlauskas featured on CSIS expert roundtable: the North Korean missile threat

On March 30, 2022, Markus Garlauskas made an appearance as a panelist at an expert roundtable titled, “The North Korean Missile Threat” held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Korea Chair. Garlauskas and the other panelists discussed North Korea’s missile developments including the current state of their ballistic missile force and strikingly rapid […]

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Mar 3, 2022

Garlauskas featured in Reuters on Russian missile use and the implications for North Korea

On February 28, Markus Garlauskas, a nonresident senior fellow at the Asia Security Initiative, was quoted in Reuters on the impact of Russian missile use in Ukraine. As many countries in the Indo-Pacific are facing increased security concerns and developing their own missiles, Garlauskas argues that “North Korean and Chinese militaries are taking copious notes right […]

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Feb 3, 2022

Garlauskas featured in Reuters on North Korea’s recent missile launches

On January 31, Markus Garlauskas, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Asia Security Initiative, was featured in Reuters on the evaluation of North Korea’s recent missile launches. Markus stated, “The world’s distraction on other issues actually seems to be working to North Korea’s benefit right now.” However, he also firmly pointed out the wide misconception that the missile […]

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Markus Garlauskas is the director of the new Indo-Pacific Security Initiative of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, which replaces the former Asia Security Initiative. He leads this new initiative’s efforts focused on security, prosperity, and freedom in the Indo-Pacific region. He led projects focused on deterrence and defense issues in East Asia as a nonresident senior fellow from August 2020 until assuming his duties as director in January 2023.

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.