Dr. Robert Litwak

Senior Vice President and Director of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center

Jean H. Lee

Journalist and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center

Lindsey W. Ford

Director of political-security Affairs at the Asia Society Policy Institute

Shrimp Among Whales: Next Steps for the U.S. and China on Reining in North Korea

About the Speaker

Robert S. Litwak

Senior vice president and director of international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Robert S. Litwak is senior vice president and director of international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is also a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a frequent national security commentator in the media, and the author of numerous publications.

Dr. Litwak served on the National Security Council staff as director for nonproliferation in the first Clinton administration. He was an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Oxford University.

Dr. Litwak is an expert on North Korea, and earlier this year, the Wilson Center published his report titled “Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout.” His most recent books include Rogue States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Containment after the Cold War and Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11.

Dr. Litwak is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Haverford College.


Jean H. Lee

Journalist and global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jean H. Lee is a longtime journalist and global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ms. Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012, she opened the AP’s Pyongyang bureau, the only Western news bureau based in the North Korean capital.

Ms. Lee has received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2013 and an Online Journalism Award in 2013 for her use of photography, video, and social media in North Korea. She is a frequent media commentator on topics related to North Korea and a contributor to publications such as The New York Times.

Before being posted to AP bureaus in Baltimore, Fresno, San Francisco, New York, London, Seoul and Pyongyang, Ms. Lee worked as a reporter for The Korea Herald in Seoul. She has a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree with a major in East Asian Studies and English from Columbia University.


Lindsey W. Ford

Director of political-security affairs for the Asia Society Policy Institute

Lindsey W. Ford is the director of political-security affairs for the Asia Society Policy Institute, an initiative of the Asia Society launched in 2014 to tackle major policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Ford is also the institute’s inaugural Richard Holbrooke Fellow and deputy director of the Washington D.C. office. Her expertise includes U.S. national security, Asian regional affairs, and maritime security issues.

Ms. Ford has served in a variety of roles at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she received the Award for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2014. Most recently, she was the senior adviser to the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs. In this position, she managed a team that provided leadership on regional strategy planning. She also worked with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the 2014 U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, in particular, overseeing the first meeting of the ten ASEAN defense ministers to the United States.

Ms. Ford previously worked as a researcher for the Center for a New American Security and as a consultant to organizations such as the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Congressional Research Service.

She has a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Texas and studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing.