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Bradley Babson

Member of the Global Futures Council on the Korean Peninsula
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Bradley Babson is a consultant on Asian affairs with a concentration on North Korea and Myanmar. He worked for the World Bank for 26 years before retiring in 2000.  He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Babson also serves on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, as well as on the Advisory Committee of the National Committee for North Korea. In addition to these roles, he has consulted for the World Bank and United Nations and been involved in projects sponsored by various institutes, foundations and universities. 

Mr. Babson has written extensively on the economic situation in North Korea and the country’s prospective integration into the international community. He is former Chair of the DPRK Economic Forum at the U.S.-Korea Institute, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has also recently taught a course on the Two Koreas and Geopolitics of Northeast Asia at Bowdoin College.

Recent publications include: “Korean Unification and the Financial System,” International Journal of Korean Studies, Volume XIX, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2015); “Positive Economic Inducements in Future Negotiations with North Korea,” North Korea Nuclear Futures Series, U.S.-Korea Institute, SAIS, December 2015;

“UNSCR 2270: The Good, the Bad and the Perhaps Surprising Opportunity for the North Korean Economy,” 38 North, March 21, 2016; “The North Korean Economic System: Challenges and Issues,“ International Journal of Korean Studies, Volume XX, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2016); “Rebooting Inter-Korean Economic Relations: A Challenging Road Ahead,” 38 North, June 18, 2018.

Having recently completed his term as president, he is also a member of the Board of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Mr. Babson received his BA degree from Williams College in 1972, and MPA degree from the Princeton School of International and Public Affairs in 1974. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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