Dr. Naoko Aoki is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation for the 2018-2019 term, and is also a research associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland. Her research interests include security issues in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on North Korea, nuclear security policy, security cooperation and the impact of domestic politics on international security policy.
She was formerly with Kyodo News, Japan’s largest news agency, covering Japanese domestic politics and economic policy before serving as a Beijing correspondent. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Dr. Aoki has contributed comments to broadcast media including the BBC and NPR, as well as print media including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Independent, South China Morning Post and the Diplomat.