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Director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, Social Science Research Council

April 23rd, 2010

Area of Expertise: Defense and Security, International Relations
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: Korea
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Government, Think tank/Research center
City: New York
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Leon Sigal cropped Leon SigalDr. Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York.

His book, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, was one of five nominees for the Lionel Gelber Prize as the most outstanding book in international relations for 1997-98 and was named the 1998 book of distinction by the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Dr. Sigal was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times from 1989 to 1995. He served in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, in 1979 as International Affairs Fellow and in 1980 as Special Assistant to the Director.

He was a Rockefeller Younger Scholar in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in 1972-1974 and a guest scholar there in 1981-1984. From 1974 to 1989 he was professor of government at Wesleyan University and has also taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Dr. Sigal is also the author of Reporters and Officials: The Organization and Politics of Newsmaking, Alliance Security: NATO and the No-First-Use Question, Nuclear Forces in Europe: Enduring Dilemmas, Present Prospects, Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945, Hang Separately: Cooperative Security Between the United States and Russia, 1985-1994, and Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics and editor of The Changing Dynamics of U.S. Defense Spending.

He has published op-eds in the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The International Herald-Tribune and Washington Post, among others. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Current History, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Arms Control Today.

He has been interviewed by ABC-TV, Fox, PBS, BBC, as well as networks in South Korea and Japan. He has had many radio news and interview appearances, and has briefed countless reporters.

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