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Henri Féron is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He focuses on security and legal issues in East Asia, in particular peace and alliance treaties, sanctions, nuclear disarmament, maritime disputes, and human rights. He currently advises several national and international advocacy groups on the Korean nuclear crisis. He is the co-editor of Pathways to a Peaceful Korean Peninsula (Korean Institute for National Unification, 2016) and the author of a critical evaluation of The Chinese Model of Human Rights (2015), his doctoral dissertation at Tsinghua Law School, Beijing.

Prior to joining CIP, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. There, he designed and executed research projects concerning the Korean nuclear crisis for the Korean Institute for National Unification, on East Asian maritime disputes for the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology and on the rule of law in East Asia for the Korean Legislation Research Institute.

His research has been published in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Ecology Law Quarterly, Asia-Pacific Journal, China Journal of Legal Science and Ethics and Global Politics. He has been interviewed for or been cited on North Korea in Bloomberg, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Asia Times, Quartz, as well as French, Spanish, Singaporean, Chinese and Korean media outlets. He regularly writes on North Korea for The National Interest, NK News and 38 North.

He earned an LL.M. Degree from Columbia Law School in 2016 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), a Ph.D. in Law from Tsinghua Law School in 2015 (Outstanding Student, First Class), as well as an LL.B. in English Law and French Law from King’s College London and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2009. He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in English, French, German, Chinese and Korean.

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North Korea tests more missiles despite efforts at diplomatic solutions


Henri Feron, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for International Policy, said the United States and South Korea may need to consider a temporary suspension of the drills, or propose other measures to reduce tensions.

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Most Dem Presidential Candidates Are Attacking Trump’s Korea Policy—From the Right


In a discussion at the Center for International Policy, Lee identified the “greater motivating factors” behind the US talks with North and South Korea as Trump’s need to show a win before the 2020 election; Kim’s need to lift sanctions as part of his drive to improve North Korea’s beleaguered economy; and Moon’s need to make progress in inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation before his own term is up in 2022.

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Why the United States should suspend joint military exercises with South Korea


North Korea on July 16 warned that it could resume testing inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM) if the United States and South Korea proceeded with planned joint military exercises. Ignoring the North’s warning risks throwing away what has in reality been a great deal for America.

by Henri Féron

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