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Stimson Announces New Appointments for 38 North Program Leadership

WASHINGTON — Today Stimson Center President and CEO Brian Finlay announced new appointments and titles for the senior staff of 38 North, the leading source for informed analysis about North Korea:

  • Jenny Town, Senior Fellow, has been appointed Director of Stimson’s 38 North program. She was previously Deputy Director. Read Town’s full bio.
  • Joel S. Wit has been appointed Distinguished Fellow in Asian and Security Studies. He was previously Senior Fellow and Director of 38 North. Read Wit’s full bio.

Stimson President and CEO Brian Finlay said “As 38 North enters its second decade providing a remarkable public service, we can rest assured it continues to be led by talented, experienced, and knowledgeable professionals like Jenny and Joel. They and their team of analysts and editorial staff regularly produce some of the most insightful research on one of the most challenging countries in the world.”

38 North cultivates informed public policy debate about North Korea. North Korea is often misunderstood, even as the challenges it poses to international peace and security take on enormous geopolitical importance. Understanding its self-perception and motivations is critical if policymakers are to craft effective strategies and policies and avoid the high costs of miscalculation. The program emphasizes hands-on experience and expertise with the authoritative web journal, in-depth research on issues central North Korean strategic thinking, and informal diplomatic engagement.

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The Stimson Center promotes international security, shared prosperity, and justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation.

For three decades, Stimson has been a leading voice on urgent global issues. Founded in the twilight years of the Cold War, the Stimson Center pioneered practical new steps toward stability and security in an uncertain world. Today, as changes in power and technology usher in a challenging new era, Stimson is at the forefront: Engaging new voices, generating innovative ideas and analysis, and building solutions to promote international security, prosperity, and justice.

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