Dr. Van Jackson is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, researching the intersection of Asian security, strategy, and technology. He is also a Visiting Scholar with the Asian Studies Program in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Jackson held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as an Advisor for Asia-Pacific Strategy, Senior Country Director for Korea, and Working Group Chair of the U.S.–Republic of Korea Extended Deterrence Policy Committee.
During his time in OSD, Dr. Jackson’s responsibilities ranged from long-range strategy and policy planning and studies of military innovation to crisis management and direct negotiations with numerous Asian government ministries. He was a contributor to the 2013 Strategic Choices Management Review, the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, and OSD’s implementation of the U.S. policy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Jackson advised the White House and Secretary of Defense on crisis management and strategic courses of action through two Korean Peninsula crises, represented the Department in direct negotiations with North Korea addressing its nuclear program, and helped establish the first extended deterrence consultation mechanisms with South Korea and Japan. He is the recipient of multiple awards in OSD, including the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.
Complementing his work in strategy and foreign policy, Dr. Jackson teaches courses on Asian security, Korea-Japan relations, and grand strategy at Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America, and is a rotating lecturer in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Regional Security Education Program. He has additionally delivered guest lectures at a number of schools nationally, including the U.S. National War College, U.S. Naval War College, and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Jackson was also a nonresident James A. Kelly Fellow in Korean Studies with the Pacific Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research has appeared in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Asian Security, Comparative Strategy, Contemporary Security Policy, and Far Eastern Economic Review, and he is the author of a forthcoming manuscript on U.S.-North Korea relations. He holds a PhD in world politics from the Catholic University of America and was formerly selected as one of the “Top 99 under 33” foreign policy leaders by Diplomatic Courier magazine. Dr. Jackson started his career in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean Linguist and Intelligence Analyst.
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