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Visiting Scholar

Stanford University
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Research Interests
US-North Korea Relations

Bob Carlin is a Visiting Scholar at CISAC. From both in and out of government, he has been following North Korea since 1974 and has made 25 trips there. He recently co-authored a lengthy paper to be published by the London International Institute of Strategic Studies, entitled "Politics, Economics and Security: Implications of North Korean Reform."

Carlin served as senior policy advisor at the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) from 2002-2006, leading numerous delegations to the North for talks and observing developments in-country during the long trips that entailed.

From 1989-2002, he was chief of the Northeast Asia Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. During much of that period, he also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Special Ambassador for talks with North Korea, and took part in all phases of US-DPRK negotiations from 1992-2000. From 1971-1989, Carlin was an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he received the Exceptional Analyst Award from the Director of Central Intelligence.

Carlin received his AM in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University in 1971 and his BA in political science from Claremont Men's College.

Other affiliations
Pantech Fellow, Korean Studies Program (former)


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How Does North Korea Stay So Secretive?
Margaret Warner discusses the mysterious nation with former senior CIA and State Department intelligence analyst Robert Carlin, now at Stanford University. MARGARET WARNER: One key development that US intelligence apparently didn't see, ...
December 21, 2011 in PBS NewsHour

China Moves to Ensure Stability in North Korea
China, North Korea’s foremost ally, appears to be moving quickly to try to ensure stability in a crippled and isolated nation now facing a leadership transition fraught with dangers.
December 19, 2011 in New York Times

Presidents Obama, Lee Face 'Bad or Worse Options' Over N. Korea Negotiations
We asked Stanford University visiting scholar Robert Carlin, who spent decades at the State Department and the CIA, where things stand now.
October 14, 2011 in PBS NewsHour

What I Found In North Korea
SIEGFRIED S. HECKER is Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He was director of the Los Alamos ...
December 10, 2010 in Foreign Affairs

Stanford's Hecker provides window into North Korea's nuclear activity
Hecker was joined on the trip by visiting scholar Robert Carlin and emeritus professor John Lewis, both of CISAC. Though their guides at Yongbyon said the ...
December 1, 2010 in The Stanford Daily

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