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Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy

Crisis Group Role

As Crisis Group’s Senior Adviser for North East Asia and Nuclear Policy, Duyeon Kim supplies research, analysis, and policy recommendations regarding the Korean Peninsula, north-east Asian relations including with the United States, nuclear nonproliferation, and arms control. She joined Crisis Group in November 2019.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, Duyeon Kim was an Associate in the Nuclear Policy and Asia programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and previously a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. In her first career, Kim served as the Foreign Ministry Correspondent and Unification Ministry 

Correspondent for South Korea’s Arirang TV News as part of the exclusive South Korean press corps covering the Six Party Talks, North Korea, South Korean politics and foreign policy, inter-Korean relations, north-east Asian relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Kim holds a Masters of Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University. She has native proficiency in Korean and English.

As an analyst and expert, Kim’s writings have appeared in leading publications including Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. She is a frequent commentator on global networks including CNN and BBC and was at the Singapore and Hanoi summits between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un providing on-air commentary and off-air news guidance as a CBS News Contributor. Kim is quoted widely in leading media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Japan Times, Bloomberg, and Yonhap News. 

Duyeon Kim is also a Columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She is a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) U.S. Committee, the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), and the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK). She serves on the Board of Directors of the bilateral Korea-America Association in Seoul. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Korean Peninsula (North Korea, South Korea)
  • Inter-Korean relations
  • East Asian relations and geopolitics
  • U.S. nuclear policy
  • Nuclear nonproliferation
  • Arms control
  • Negotiations and diplomacy


  • English
  • Korean

In The News

27 Jul 2020
If the defector is in fact the cause for the Kaesong lockdown, then North Korea doesn’t need to deny infections anymore and can blame its epidemic on defectors and imported cases from South Korea. Time

Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy
16 Apr 2020
The results of South Korea’s elections tell other world leaders that their response to COVID-19 could determine their own political futures. BBC

Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy
10 Apr 2020
Elections have never been postponed in Korean history, not even during the Korean War or the H1N1 outbreak. The Diplomat

Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy
23 Mar 2020
[Kim Jong Un]’s apparently trying to show his confidence and strength to his people[...] by pursuing its strategic objectives despite a national crisis over a virus they have no control over. Reuters

Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy
17 Feb 2020
Every time things looks different in North Korea, they often can be the same. What Kim Jong Un is doing is drawing from the core policies, but putting his own stamp on them to build his own legacy. Bloomberg

Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy
21 Jan 2020
[Ri Son Gwon's] appointment means Kim is putting in place the people he thinks will implement his marching orders. Washington Post

Duyeon Kim

Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy

Latest Updates

Commentary / Asia

Korean Tensions: An Unexpected Pause in an Uncertain Time

On 24 June, Pyongyang abruptly stopped threats it had been making at Seoul for weeks, although the underpinnings of inter-Korean friction remain. Peninsular tensions could stay on simmer or escalate depending on how the parties manage an uncertain time before the U.S. election.

Q&A / Asia

Counting Down to North Korea’s Year-end Deadline

North Korea is testing the United States, issuing threats and launching short-range missile tests while talks over its nuclear program have stalled. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Duyeon Kim explains what could be motivating Pyongyang’s escalation and what to expect in 2020.