Naoko Aoki will be serving in the office of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) starting February 10, 2020. Prior to this she was an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation, and was the 2018-2019 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND. Her research interests include security issues in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on North Korea, nuclear security policy and security cooperation. She was formerly with Kyodo News, Japan’s largest news agency, covering Japanese domestic politics and economic policy before serving as a Beijing correspondent. She has made 18 reporting trips to North Korea. She holds a Ph. D. in international security policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in international relations and international economics from The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in English from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.