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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 a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics, where he focused on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. He is a CSCAP-EU committee member and was the UK Secretariat for the UK-Japan 21st Century Group in 2013 and 2015.
In 2012, Dr Hemmings carried out a research project in Kabul and Parwan Province on South Korea’s contributions to security in Afghanistan. The completed research was included as a chapter in a book for the Council of Foreign Relations. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr Hemmings was a research analyst in the Asia Programme of the Royal United Services Institute, a defence think tank in Whitehall, where he focused on foreign and security policies in the Asia Pacific.
Dr. Hemmings has given briefings to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to US Forces Korea, to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, and taken part in future challenges workshops at the Cabinet Office. He has authored a number of book chapters, academic journals, and newspaper articles commenting on Asia, contributing the Telegraph, the Diplomat, the lowy Interpreter, and the National Interest.
Media Experience: Extensive; John regularly appears in international media outlets, including the BBC, Sky News, Fox, Monocle, and Al Jazeera.
Expertise: East Asia, Japan, Korea, China, India, and their relations with the West.