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Hazel Smith



September 3, 2019 — May 22, 2020

Professional affiliation

Professorial Research Associate in Korean Studies School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom and Professor Emerita of International Security, Cranfield University, UK.
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Wilson Center Projects

North Korea: Security and Survival

Full Biography

Professor Smith has researched, published and broadcast on East Asian security and North Korea for 30 years. Professor Smith lived and worked for United Nations humanitarian organisations in the DPRK, from where she earned a (still valid) North Korean driving license. Professor Smith received her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the East-West Center, Kyushu University, the United States Institute of Peace, and Stanford University. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on the Korean peninsula; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1996; member of the Council of the British Association of Korean Studies; and an appointed UN ‘global expert’ on Korea. Professor Smith advises government agencies, IOs and NGOs worldwide and is a frequent broadcaster for global media on North Korea and East Asian security.

Major Publications

North Korea: Markets and Military Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2015; translated into Korean Changbi Press, 2017);


Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in the DPRK (Washington D.C: USIP press, 2005)


Reconstituting Korean Security (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2007)


Previous Terms

September 5th, 2012 - May 4th, 2013