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Benjamin R. Young

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Assistant Professor in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is the author of Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World (Stanford University Press, 2021)

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Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor in History/Political Science at Dakota State University (Madison, South Dakota). In Fall 2021, he will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. He is the author of Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World (Stanford University Press, 2021). Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. in Asian history from The George Washington University in 2018. He has published scholarly articles on North Korea's foreign relations in a number of peer-reviewed journals. He was a 2018-2019 CSIS/USC NextGen US-Korea Scholar and has written op-ed pieces for The Washington Post, The Guardian, Reuters, and NKNews.org