Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Featured Experts on North Korea

What is the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions? What can the United Nations Security Council do? What does this mean for the stability of peace in the region and the world? Ivan Allen College is home to several experts on North Korea and its nuclear program.

Dr. John Garver

Professor Program Director, Study Abroad for East Asia, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Areas of Expertise      

  • China and the Nonproliferation Regime
  • China-North Korean Relations
  • China and Northeast Asian Security
  • China's Global Energy Strategies
  • Chinese Strategy in Asia and the World

Garver is an expert in China’s role in North Korean relations as well as their strategy in Asia and beyond.

Garver is a member of the National Committee on U.S.—China relations, participates frequently in various Asia policy related endeavors and is a frequent visitor to research centers across East Asia. He has lived for extended periods in China, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, and Germany. He speaks Chinese and German.

In 1983 Garver served as the director of Pomona College’s China program in Nanjing.  From 1996-1999, he set up and directed an exchange program between Georgia Tech and Fudan University in Shanghai, the first exchange between a Georgia and a Chinese university. 2009 marked the fourth consecutive year he directed a multi-region (South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Pearl River Delta, and Hong Kong) summer program on East Asian economic development.

Garver currently serves on the editorial boards of The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Issues and Studies, and Asian Security.

Dr. Adam Stulberg

Associate Professor, Co-director of the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonproliferation Issues
  • Energy Security in Eurasia & East Asia
  • Russian-North Korean Relations
  • U.S. Nuclear Strategy and Regional Security
  • International Security

Stulberg is an expert in international security, with an emphasis on Russian foreign and security policy.  He also is expert on nuclear proliferation, energy security in Eurasia and East Asia and decentralization and control in the nuclear sector.

Stulberg served as a political consultant in residence at RAND from 1987-1997, and as a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey Institute of International Studies (1997-1998). Since 1997, he has worked closely with former Senator Sam Nunn drafting policy recommendations and background studies on future directions for the U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, building regional and energy security regimes in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, and engaging Russia’s regional power centers.

In addition, Stulberg has consulted for the Department of Defense, including the Office of Net Assessment. He has also consulted for the Carnegie Corporation of New York (2000-present).

His books include: Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia’s Energy Statecraft in Eurasia; Managing Military Transformation: Agency, Culture, and Service Change; and Preventing Nuclear Meltdown: Managing Decentralization of Russia’s Nuclear Complex.

Dr. Margaret Kosal

Assistant Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Areas of Expertise

  • North Korean Nuclear Program
  • U.S. Response to North Korea’s Nuclear Maneuvers
  • Nuclear Proliferation Issues
  • International Security Implications of North Korea’s Nuclear Strategy
  • Chemical and Biological Weapons

Kosal is an expert in the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), counterproliferationa and counterterrorism, as well as chemical and biological weapons. She can also speak on the role of public and non-governmental organizations in both limiting offensive weapons and using security technology.

Kosal is co-director of the program on Emerging Technology and Security and the director of the Program on Biological and Chemical Nonproliferation and Counterterrorism within the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy (CISTP). She also has ongoing consulting relations with various intelligence agencies and the Department of Energy.

Kosal is currently completing a book exploring scenarios and strategies regarding the benefits and potential proliferation threats of nanotechnology for chemical and biological defense.

Before joining Georgia Tech, Kosal was science and technology advisor within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). She served as the first liaison to the Biological and Chemical Defense Directorate at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). She was also nominated to and led the U.S. involvement in the NATO Nanotechnology for Defense Working Group.

Contact Rebecca Keane for information on how to reach Kosal

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