Institute for Corean-American Studies

Bruce Klingner

Bruce Klingner, ICAS Fellow, is the Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center. Bruce joined Heritage in 2007 after 20 years in the intelligence community working at the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency. In 1993, he was the selected as Chief of CIA's Korea Branch which provided analytic reports on military developments during the nuclear crisis with North Korea. From 1996-2001, Bruce was the Deputy Chief for Korea in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence where he was responsible for analyzing Korean political, military, economic and leadership issues for the president and other senior policymakers.

His articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Washington Times, USA Today, Chosun Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo, Korea Herald, Korea Times, Seoul Shinmun, Kukmin Daily, Far Eastern Economic Review, Nikkei Weekly, The Asia Times, the Korea and World Affairs journal, International Journal of Korean Studies, the Korea Policy Review journal, and Yale Politic. His comments and analysis have appeared in CNN, CNN International, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox News TV, C-Span TV, BBC TV, SBS (Korea) TV, KBS (Korea) TV, NHK (Japan) TV, Arirang (Japan) TV, Al Jazeerra TV, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, National Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Defense News, Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Times, Mainichi Shimbun, Kyodo News, Sekai Nippo, Sankei Daily.

Before coming to Heritage, Bruce spent several years at the Eurasia Group, a global political risk assessment firm. As the firm's primary Korea analyst, he wrote articles and analyses for most major Asian and American newspapers. Bruce also was a frequent panelist in policy forums around Washington. Before working at Eurasia, he worked as the Director of Analysis and Senior Asia Analyst at the Intellibridge Corp., which provided intelligence and analysis to government and business decision-makers.

Bruce is a distinguished graduate of the National War College where he earned a master's degree in national security strategy in 2002. He also earned a master's in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Middlebury College in Vermont. Bruce is active in Korean martial arts and has attained third degree black belt in tae kwon do and first degree black belt in hapkido and teuk kong moo sool.

ICAS Web Site Links for Bruce Klingner:

U.S.-South Korean Summit Highlights Unbreakable Bond
2015 Fall Symposium
South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense
Introduction of Gen B. B. Bell at 2014 Liberty Award Dinner
2014 Liberty Award Dinner
North Korea's Nukes and Missiles: Outlook and Challenges.
2009 Fall Symposium
2007 Fall Symposium Addendum

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