Senior Non-Proliferation and East Asia Fellow
dkim AT armscontrolcenter DOT org
Areas of Expertise: Nuclear non-proliferation, North Korea, arms control, US nuclear policy, nuclear security, nuclear terrorism prevention, Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, foreign policy, international security
Duyeon Kim is the Senior Non-Proliferation and East Asia Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where her policy work focuses on nuclear non-proliferation, North Korea and nuclear security.
Prior to joining the Center, Kim was a career Diplomatic and Security journalist having served as the Foreign Ministry Correspondent and Unification Ministry Correspondent for South Korea’s Arirang TV based in Seoul. Her stories mainly covered North Korea’s nuclear programs, the Six Party Talks, inter-Korean relations, the Korea-US alliance, South Korean diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy and the United Nations. Kim has sat down with world leaders on countless occasions interviewing dignitaries including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN agency chiefs, former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri and senior officials across the world. While working towards her master’s degree, Kim continued to file reports for Arirang TV from Washington, DC while freelancing for South Korea’s JoongAng SUNDAY and KBS’ 50-minute TV news special “Ssam” covering U.S. reaction to North Korean provocations.
Kim has written for major publications including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, World Politics Review and The New York Times. Kim was also interviewed on TV including CBS, BBC, AFP TV, South Korea's KBS, South Korea's Arirang TV and China's Xinhua News Agency while quoted in The Washington Post, AFP, Korea Herald, Nature, Korea Times, JoongAng Ilbo, Seoul Shinmun, and Asia Times.
Kim holds an M.S. in Foreign Service concentrating in International Relations and Security from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in English literature from Syracuse University.
Kim in the News
Nov 8, 2013
"Beijing seems to define 'success' as merely jump-starting six-way talks while Washington and Seoul define it as a 'credible, authentic' process that leads to North Korea’s denuclearization," Duyeon Kim, a senior fellow focusing on East Asia at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, told Global Security Newswire.
Aug 30, 2013
Ms. Kim adds, “Should US-North Korea nuclear talks resume, a top priority must be Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment, which is the ultimate game changer.”
Aug 28, 2013
“It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on in North Korea’s mind, but there’s enough history to know that it’s a prelude to North Korea reaching out to the U.S. for dialogue,” she said.
Apr 15, 2013
Mistakes, miscalculations, or misunderstandings of intentions on either side of the 38th parallel could unintentionally trigger military conflict. The West Sea has always been a theater for inter-Korean skirmishes and a possible target for a North Korean attack on South Korean islands.
Recent Articles by Kim
Sep 15, 2013
"In this context, trustpolitik is at best the beginning of a long process that may work or flop, but at some point all six parties will somehow need to return to the table – even if that means going back to square one. Otherwise, the region may find itself dealing with a more sophisticated North Korean nuclear program sooner than expected," writes Duyeon Kim.
Mar 13, 2013
How the two sides deal with these issues could have important implications not only for their nuclear trade but also for the US-ROK-alliance, future US peaceful nuclear cooperation agreements, the global nonproliferation regime, and the North Korean nuclear threat.
Mar 12, 2013
"Seoul hasn’t seriously considered nuclear weapons since the 1970s Park Chung-hee military rule," write Kim for her piece in The New York Times.
Feb 13, 2013
"The last two plutonium tests are in line with a defensive nuclear capability that also extracts concessions in six party negotiations. Now, Pyongyang is exhibiting signs of a more offensive strategy," writes Kim for Kansas City Star & other McClatchy-Tribune syndicated outlets.