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Stephan Haggard

Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, director of the Korea-Pacific Program, and distinguished professor of political science at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at UC San Diego. He works on the political economy of developing countries, with a particular interest in Asia and the Korean peninsula.

Haggard has written extensively on the political economy of North Korea with Marcus Noland, including Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform (2007), Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (2011), and Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea (2017).

Haggard is the current editor of the Journal of East Asian Studies, maintains the "North Korea: Witness to Transformation" blog and has a regular column with the Joongang Daily.  He has a PhD in political science from UC Berkeley.

Recent Publications

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs
July 1, 2020 | By Stephan Haggard and Tai Ming Cheung
How has an economically impoverished, technologically backward, and internationally isolated state been able to establish robust and increasingly competent nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs? In this policy brief, UC San Diego experts Stephan Haggard and Tai Ming Cheung synthesize what we know about the development of North Korean nuclear and missile capabilities and what it will take to dismantle the program.

If Kim Jong-Un dies, what happens in North Korea?
April 29, 2020 | By Stephan Haggard, IGCC Affiliated Researcher
Stephan Haggard dives into the speculation around rumors of Kim Jong-Un’s death and explores seven questions central to what a regime change would entail in North Korea.

On the Assassination of Qassem Soleimani
Jan. 9, 2020 | By Stephan Haggard and coauthors | IGCC News
After an American drone strike killed Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3, IGCC experts including Stephan Haggard and others weigh in on the “extraordinary event” and its potential consequences.

  • international relations
  • political economy
  • Asia-Pacific
  • North Korea
  • globalization
  • economic reform

Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue

Interim director (1997‒1999)