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Van Jackson

Van Jackson, Ph.D. is a senior editor at War on the Rocks. He is the author of "Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in US-North Korea Relations." He is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Please check out his podcast, Pacific Pundit. From 2009 to 2014, Jackson held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as a strategist and policy adviser focused on the Asia-Pacific, senior country director for Korea, and working group chair of the U.S.–Republic of Korea Extended Deterrence Policy Committee. He was a contributor to the 2013 Strategic Choices Management Review, the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, and OSD’s implementation of the U.S. policy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific. He holds a PhD in world politics from the Catholic University of America. Jackson started his career in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean linguist and intelligence analyst. The views expressed are his own.