Naoko Aoki

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Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
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Ph.D. in international security studies, University of MD-College Park; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in English, Sophia University

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Naoko Aoki is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include security issues in the Asia-Paciic 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. in international security policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in international relations and international economics from The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in English from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.


  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019, photo by Jorge Silva/Pool/Reuters

    After the Hanoi Summit

    The best-case scenario for U.S.-North Korea relations is that President Trump and Kim Jong-un remain committed to diplomacy. In the worst-case scenario, both countries' frustrations could spiral out of control.

    Mar 13, 2019 The National Interest