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In the NewsNov 1, 2022
Aoki Comments on North Korean Missile Launches in NK News
On September 30, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Naoko Aoki offered comments in an NK News article on “What to make of North Korea’s missile launching spree around Harris visit.” Aoki suggests that, while events such as Harris’ visit to Seoul and the inter-Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) may have motivated North Korea to conduct missile tests, […]
In the NewsOct 7, 2022
Aoki quoted in Bloomberg on Kim Jong Un’s Silence
On October 6, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Naoko Aoki was quoted in a Bloomberg article titled, “Kim Jong Un’s Silence as Missiles Fly Shows Strategy Shift.” In a conversation on North Korea’s silence on recent tests as it focuses on advancing its goal of a credible nuclear strike, Aoki explained, “The big picture here is […]
In the NewsOct 5, 2022
Aoki Comments on North Korean Missile Launch in VOA
On October 4, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Naoko Aoki appeared in VOA clip, “US, Japan, South Korea Condemn North Korean Missile Launch.” She confirms that North Korea is trying to take advantage of the United States’ shifted focus on the war in Ukraine. Aoki explains that this consequently provides North Korea some room to pursue […]
Naoko Aoki is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative. She is an expert in East Asian political and security issues. Her research has examined topics such as the North Korean nuclear problem, American alliances in Asia, including the US-Japan alliance, and emerging defense technologies in the Indo-Pacific region. She is also a scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.
Previously, Aoki worked as a nuclear security fellow in the US House of Representatives and was a Stanton nuclear security fellow and an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She was formerly with Kyodo News, Japan’s largest news agency, reporting on the Japanese government from Tokyo before serving as a Beijing correspondent. She has visited North Korea eighteen times on reporting trips.
Aoki has appeared as a commentator for East Asian issues in major media outlets that include PBS, BBC, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. She regularly writes commentaries in publications including Foreign Policy and the National Interest. She holds a PhD from the University of Maryland and an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.