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Naoko Aoki

Research Associate
Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland

Naoko Aoki, Ph.D., is a research associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland and an adjunct professor at American University. She works primarily on East Asian political and security issues.

Her professional experience includes fellowships at the RAND Corporation and the U.S. House of Representatives. She was formerly a journalist based in Japan for nine years and China for five years. She has visited North Korea 18 times on reporting trips, and her academic work has centered on issues related to the North Korean nuclear problem.

She holds a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

She is a native Japanese speaker and conducts research in Chinese and Korean as well.

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As foreign ministers Chung Eui-yong and Toshimitsu Motegi met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Radio Free Asia contextualized their engagement by citing takeaways from…

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September 28, 2021

South Korea and Japan share common challenges and liberal democratic values but have been unable to build a close security relationship, due mainly to their political differences. This paper examines…

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Region: Asia

September 22, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with Dr. Naoko Aoki on how various factors have affected South Korea-Japan security cooperation.

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Region: Asia

September 9, 2021