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John is the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has also just completed a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics, where he focused on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hemmings was a research analyst in the Asia Programme of the Royal United Services Institute, where he focused on foreign and security policies in the Asia Pacific.
Additionally, Mr. Hemmings was the UK Secretariat in the UK-Japan 21st Century Group in 2013 and 2015, and in 2015, was invited to join the CSCAP-EU committee in Brussels. He has given briefings to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to US Forces Korea, and to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. He is the author of a number of book chapters, academic journals, and newspaper articles commenting on Asia, contributing to the BBC, the Telegraph, Fox news, Channel 4, CNN, the Diplomat, Al Jazeera, among others.