David Kim

Former Research Analyst

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David Y. Kim is an analyst with the Stimson Center’s WMD, Nonproliferation, and Security program. He formerly worked as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of State where he helped to advance priorities around international security and nonproliferation, U.S. – Japan relations, human rights and public diplomacy. Prior to the State Department, David served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and Correspondence where he assisted with vetting national security appointments and responded to letters on behalf of the president. His research interests include nuclear nonproliferation, security, and arms control; U.S. relations with North Korea, Japan, and South Korea; inter-Korean relations; and Asian multilateralism. David’s writings have been published in The Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsNK News, The Diplomat, and East Asian Forum and he has provided commentary for outlets such as CNN, Sky News, TIME, Bloomberg, Fortune, Reuters, AFP, Financial Times, France 24, China Global Television Network, , Korea Times, Japan Times, Vox News, Voice of America, Telegraph, Radio Free Asia, Kyodo News, The Strait Times, and South China Morning Post. He is a member of The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and a CTBTO Youth Group member. He received his MPA and MPP from the University of Tokyo and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and his BA from the University of Washington. He is a native of Seattle, Washington and is fluent in Korean. David is a recipient of the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Award. 

Research & Writing

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Twenty-Five LGBTI Next Generation Leaders to Watch- David Kim Interviewed

The dramatic economic and political challenges defining the 21st century for the United States call for a deepening commitment to our shared values and dedication to expanding the diversity of thinkers, leaders, and policymakers. Those values and ideal…

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Asian American and Pacific Islander National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders- Lovely Umayam and David Kim Interviewed

The changing geopolitical landscape, new tensions between nations, and the midterm elections undeniably signal that the American people want to see a government that reflects the diversity of our nation and a national leadership that brings together di…

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Interview with David Kim on What’s Next for North Korea

North Korea: What next? – Interview with David Kim and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reporter, Matt Field. Read full interview.

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Jenny Town & David Kim Quoted on Donald Trump Walking Away From North Korea Talks

Donald Trump Walked Away from North Korea Talks. That’s Not Such a Bad Thing. When the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea met in the Vietnamese capital determined to make a deal on denuclearization, few predicted that the outcome would be, in a nutshe…

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Interview with David Kim and Vox Reporter, Jen Kirby, on What’s Next After the Hanoi Summit

What’s next after the Trump-Kim summit? An expert explains. Read full interview.

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David Kim quoted on conclusion of Hanoi Summit

Kim Trump summit ends with no deal/Vietnam-DPRK families. Watch full segment:

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David Kim quoted providing a preview of the US-DPRK Summit

Kim-Trump Summit Preview Watch full segment below:

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David Kim quoted on what to expect during the Hanoi Summit

US-North Korea talks: A look ahead to second historic summit. Watch full segment or below:

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David Kim Interview on focus shifts from Trump-Kim Summit focus shift from immediate denuclearization to longer-term approach

Trump looks forward for the N. Korea-U.S. summit and is in no rush to denuclearize the regime Watch full segment below:  

Commentary
Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula begins with a peace declaration

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump announced that he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of the month to continue a “historic push” for peace on the Korean Peninsula. If one statement stood out from Trum…

Commentary
North Korean concessions the United States might want

In exchange for a peace declaration and even sanctions relief, the United States could ask North Korea for a number of concessions: • An indefinite moratorium on all nuclear and missile tests, including those for short-range missiles. • A verifiable fr…

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Op-Ed by David Kim on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump announced that he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of the month to continue a “historic push” for peace on the Korean Peninsula. If one statement stood out from…

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Op-Ed by David Kim on North Korean Concessions the United States might want

North Korean concessions the United States might want by David Kim Read full article.

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Interview with David Kim and NK News Reporter Colin Zwirko on Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s Speech

Kim Jong Un delivered his much-anticipated New Year Address for 2019 early Tuesday morning to fellow North Koreans tuning in to hear how the country’s strategy and policy might shift in the coming year. But as the DPRK finds itself…

Commentary
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit

Wednesday’s meeting in Tokyo between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will add momentum to, and raise the stakes for, U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting next month with North Kore…

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Op-Ed by David Kim on the 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit

Wednesday’s meeting in Tokyo between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will add momentum to, and raise the stakes for, U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting next month with North Kore…

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