Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Jieun Baek joined the Belfer Center as a fellow on July 1, 2014. She conducted research and writing on the opportunities for change in the North Korean regime. Her book on information access in North Korea is slated for publication in Spring 2016 by Yale University Press.
She was the student body president of the Kennedy School, and was a co-chair for the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council and the co-chair for the HKS North Korea Study Group, for which she co-led a trek for 24 students to North Korea in August 2013.
Before coming to HKS, she worked at Google Headquarters in the Sales Division and on information access projects for North Korean defectors. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government in Harvard College, where she founded a student organization called Harvard Undergraduates for Human Rights in North Korea (H-RiNK).
Jieun hopes to work on US policy in North Korea and the greater East Asian region. She is a Los Angeles native, and keeps a blog.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm