Diana Y. Myers

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in political science, U.S. Air Force Academy; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Diana Myers is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During her time at RAND, she has also worked as a research associate for the Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and was selected for the 2022 CSIS PONI nuclear scholars initiative. Her research interests include international relations and strategic defense policy, primarily focusing on North Korea and China. Her research has been featured at the Northeast Asia Security Symposium and at CSIS PONI conferences. Prior to RAND, she worked as an assistant policy researcher for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University and as an assistant constituency advocate/regional policy researcher for U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet. 

Myers holds a B.S. in political science from the United States Air Force Academy. During her time at the Academy, she was a member of two international affairs research efforts sponsored by the Air Force International Affairs (SAF/IA), one in Taiwan/China/Tibet and the another in the Balkans, exploring topics of regional security and post-conflict resolution.

Her dissertation will focus on examining North Korea's evolving military threat against China.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Officer, United States Air Force

Recent Projects

  • From Hermit Kingdom to Open for Business: Developing a Blueprint for North Korea's Economic Development
  • North Korean Artificial Intelligence Enabled Cyber Activities

Selected Publications

Scott Harold, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Jenny Jun, Diana Myers, "Will Artificial Intelligence Hone North Korea's Cyber 'All-Purpose Sword'?" Korea Economic Institute, 2022




  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, May 15, 2017, photo by KCNA via Reuters

    North Korean Nuclear Weapons Pose an Existential Threat to China

    Despite the current border closures between their two countries, China and North Korea remain resolutely pledged to a “blood-alliance.” But this partnership has vastly different implications depending on which side of the border you consider.

    Jul 13, 2021 The National Interest

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes the firing of suspected missiles in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 22, 2020, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    North Korea: Denying COVID-19

    According to Pyongyang, North Korea has not yet suffered any cases of COVID-19. That would be surprising, since it is a neighbor and extensive trading partner of China. There are signs that this claim is yet another North Korean deception.

    Apr 2, 2020 The National Interest