John Hemmings is a doctoral candidate in the International Relations Department at the LSE, where he is working on a thesis on alliance theory, particularly alliance structures and security policy in the Asia Pacific.
In 2012, he became a resident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, where he worked on US security policy for the region. John also attended and assisted with a number of track 1.5 and track 2 conferences, including the US-Japan Strategic Seminar in San Francisco, the US-China Strategic Dialogue in Shanghai, and the US-ROK security conference in Maui. At the end of his residency, John was awarded a non-resident fellowship with Pacific Forum CSIS.
Prior to this, John spent four years as a research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, where he worked in the Asia Security Programme with a focus on East Asian security, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and US-China relations. While at RUSI, he also researched stabilization, and in 2011, carried out an assessment of South Korea’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan for the Asia Foundation (TAF). This report was published by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in 2012.
In May 2013, John served as the UK Secretariat at the UK-Japan 21st Century Group’s 30th Annual Conference at Wiston House. As of March 2014, he has become a contributor and Committee Member to CSCAP-EU, the EU addition to CSCAP. He has given briefings at the DOD, at the Defence Academy of the UK, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and most recently, to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK.
John holds an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College, London and a BA in Philosophy and the History of Ideas from Cardiff University. He has lived in the US, France, Japan, India and North Africa. John has contributed political analysis to CNN, the Observer, the BBC, the Diplomat, the National Interest and is a regular contributor to Monocle 24. He has also published in the Harvard Asia Quarterly, RUSI Journal and International Politics Reviews.
He lives in London.