Dr. John Hemmings is Deputy Director of Research and Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum. Prior to his current position, he was a research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall, working on Northeast Asia security and defense policies.
In addition to these full-time posts, John has had a number of service positions related to Asian foreign policy. In 2013 and 2015, he was the UK Secretariat for the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, and in 2015, was invited to become a founding member of the CSCAP-EU committee, based in Brussels. He has given briefings to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Cabinet Office, the Department of International Trade, and to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK.
He contributes political analysis to various media from time to time, including the BBC, The Times, Fox News, CNN, Lowy Interpreter, the Diplomat, the National Interest and writes regularly for the Telegraph. He has also published peer-reviewed work in International Affairs, International Politics Reviews, and the RUSI Journal, and and was a Deputy Editor at the LSE’s flagship journal Millennium Journal of International Studies between 2013 and 2014.
John holds an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College, London and completed his doctoral thesis in International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2017, where he wrote on security trilaterals, the rise of China, and US foreign policy in the Asia Pacific. He is also the Director and Founder of the Policy Dinner Club, which takes place periodically at the Naval and Military Club.
He currently lives in London.