Harry J. Kazianis

 Korea and Defense Policy 

(Above, Kazianis spoke to Fox News after the conclusion of the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting in late June.)

Harry J. Kazianis (@Grecianformula or Email: hkazianis@nationalinterest.org) is Senior Director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest. He also serves as Executive Editor of its publishing arm, The National Interest. Mr. Kazianis is a recognized expert on national security issues involving North & South Korea, China, the Asia-Pacific, general U.S. foreign policy and national security challenges.

Kazianis is also a Fellow for National Security Affairs at the Potomac Foundation and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK).

(Above, Kazianis spoke with Ed Henry of Fox News as President Trump discussed walking away from a potential deal in Hanoi, Vietnam immediately after the summit ended.)

He previously served as part of the foreign policy team for the 2016 presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz. Kazianis in the past also managed the foreign policy communications efforts of the Heritage Foundation. He also served as Editor-In-Chief of the Tokyo-based The Diplomat magazine and as a WSD-Handa Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): PACNET.

Kazianis is the author of the book The Tao of A2/AD, an exploration of China’s military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also authored several reports on U.S. military strategy in the Asia-Pacific as well as edited and co-authored a recent report on U.S.-Japan-Vietnam trilateral cooperation.

(The above is Harry presenting his thoughts on North Korea to a group on Capitol Hill.)

Kazianis has provided expert commentary, op-eds, and analysis for many outlets including:  The Wall Street JournalYonhapThe New York TimesHankyorehThe Washington Post, MSNBC, 1945Fox NewsFox BusinessCNNUSA TodayCNBCPoliticoThe Financial Times, NBC, SlateReutersAPThe Washington ExaminerThe Washington Times, RollCall, RealClearPolitics, LA Times, Newsmax, BBCForeign PolicyThe Hill, Fortune, Forbes, DefenseOne, NewsweekNPRPopular Mechanics, VOAYahoo News and many others.

Kazianis speaking during a round table discussion in Seoul, South Korea at the time of the Third Inter-Korean Summit.

A widely published author (over 700 op-eds), Kazianis is a frequent contributor to many publications around the globe. This includes almost 100 op-eds for Fox News Opinion as well as columns for publications such as USA Today, CNBCYale Global, The Week, The Washington Times, The Lowy Interpreter, ASPI’s The Strategist, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and many others.

Kazianis holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island as well as an ALM (or M.A.) focusing on International Relations from Harvard University.

Professional Selected Works: 

Center for the National Interest Korean Studies Related Reports (Released in 2019-2020):

Kim Pyong-il: A Potential Successor to Kim Jong-un (see here)

Kim Yo-jong: North Korea’s Second in Command? (see here)

Kim Yo-jong: North Korea’s Most Powerful Women? (see here).

How North Korea Perceives—and Responds To—U.S.-ROK Joint Military Drills (see here).

A Japan-South Korea Dispute Hundreds of Years in the Making (see here).

Monographs (Selected Examples):

Tackling Asia’s Greatest Challenges – A U.S./Vietnam/Japan Trilateral Dialogue.

America’s Air-Sea Battle Concept – Published by the University of Nottingham.


The Tao of A2/AD: China’s Rationale for the Creation of Anti-Access

Book Chapters (Selected Examples):

Contributed a chapter in the edited work – Rocket Man – Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump.

Contributed a chapter on President Trump’s Korea Peace Initiative for Yonsei University in collaboration with Moon Chung-in.

Op-Eds (Selected Examples):

Harry has authored over 700+ op-eds on national security issues, mostly focusing on Asia and North Korea. These include, but are not limited to:

Fox News columns (Over 150, many of which are focused on North Korea).

-The Hill: In the past, Harry was a signed, weekly columnist, focusing almost exclusively on Korea Issues (see this as an example).

-The Week: Harry was a regular columnist focusing on Asian security issues (see this example).

The American Conservative: Harry is a regular contributor, writing on mainly Asian security issues. He has broken several major reported stories on the possibility of a U.S.-North Korea summit and U.S. troop levels in South Korea.

TV Appearances (Selected Examples): 

-Harry has appeared on countless television shows across the political spectrum. These include The Story with Martha MacCallum (Fox News), Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News), The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (CNN), The Rundown (CNBC), Fox and Friends (Fox News), Cavuto Coast to Coast (Fox Business), Morning with Maria (Fox Business) and many others across the world.