Arius Derr

PhD Candidate


BA (Boise State University), MA (Korea University)

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Arius Derr commenced his PhD at the ANU in February 2020. His research is focused on the North Korea nuclear issue. In particular, he explores US relations with nuclear powers over time and how it has ‘learned to live’ with new proliferators. His research is also concerned with how North Korea affects deterrence in East Asia and how and why it impacts the objectives of the US and its allies in the region. His main research interests include US foreign policy in East Asia, the Korean Peninsula, and international security. His work has been published in the Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, East Asia Forum, NK Pro, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and other outlets.

Arius is also the Korea Desk Editor for the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER)’s East Asia Forum and Lead Coordinator for the East Asia Forum Quarterly.

Prior to joining the ANU, he worked as an editor in the international division of KBS, South Korea’s public broadcaster. He has also worked as a research associate in the Strategy Division of the US Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command to United States Forces Korea and as a consultant for the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Arius holds a masters in International Peace & Security from Korea University (2018) and a bachelors in Political Science from Boise State University (2014).

Thesis topic

Living with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea: Lowering Ambition but Increasing Stability


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