GPI Career Spotlight: Think Tanks

Gene Park on discussion panel 

GPI Career Spotlight: Think Tanks

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 | 4-5 p.m. PST

  • GPI Career Spotlight: Think Tanks

    The LMU Global Policy Institute is excited to host the next chapter of the GPI Career Spotlight Initiative by introducing students to the role of think tanks in global policy. This event will be hosted by Jonathan Pollack, the Global Policy Institute's Distinguished Scholar of Strategic Studies. The discussion will cover Pollack's personal observations and experiences, covering his time at RAND, the Naval War College, Brookings, and his presence on a National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee. Through this event, Pollack will remove some of the mystery surrounding think tanks for students interested in the field. The first half of this event will begin with Pollack's presentation, while the second half will be reserved for student Q&As from the audience.

    This event is part of the GPI Career Spotlight Initiative. This initiative invites professionals in international relations and global policy to talk about their careers and experiences. The initiative aims to provide LMU students with ideas of professional pathways in international relations and global policy, and hopes to inspire the next generation of global citizens to become changemakers in their lives after the Bluff.

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  • Jonathan Pollack is Distinguished Scholar of Strategic Studies in the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches seminars on post World War II strategy and policy in East Asia and Chinese power and policymaking. He is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. During his tenure at Brookings he served as Director of the John L. Thornton China Center and later as holder of the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies. Prior to joining Brookings, he was Director of the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College and was previously Head of the Political Science Department and Corporate Research Manager for International Policy at RAND. He has also taught at Brandeis University, the RAND School of Policy Studies, UCLA, and the Naval War College.

    Dr. Pollack earned his M.A. and Ph. D. at the University of Michigan, and was subsequently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University.

    His primary research interests include East Asian security and development; the politics and foreign policies of China; political and strategic futures on the Korean Peninsula; and US policy in Asia and the Pacific. His publications include Strategic Surprise? US-China Relations in the Early 21st Century; Korea-The East Asian Pivot; Asia Eyes America: Regional Perspectives on US Asia-Pacific Strategy; and No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security. His current research focuses on the uncertainties and risks to regional order in East Asia.