Naoko Aoki

Research Associate

Naoko Aoki is a Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum, and will be a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corp for the 2018-2019 term.

Naoko defended her doctoral dissertation titled “The Domestic Politics of Implementation: A Case Study of U.S. Denuclearization Agreements with North Korea” at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy in the spring of 2018. Her research showed that domestic politics impacts not only the negotiation and ratification of international security cooperation agreements, but also their implementation.

Her research interests include U.S. security policy postures toward Asia and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on North Korea.

Naoko was formerly with Kyodo News, Japan’s largest news agency, covering Japanese domestic politics and economic policy in Tokyo before serving as a Beijing correspondent for Kyodo from 2004 to 2009. She holds an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.