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January 5, 2007

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Heritage Foundation Names New Northeast Asia Senior Fellow

WASHINGTON, JAN. 5, 2007-The Heritage Foundation has named Bruce Klingner as the new senior research fellow for northeast Asia in its Asian Studies Center, the prominent think tank announced today.

Klingner joins Heritage at a time when North Korea's nuclear ambitions threaten the region's countries, including key U.S. allies South Korea and Japan as well as China-a major power that's growing both economically and militarily.

"This is a critical time in Northeast Asia as the world confronts North Korea's nuclear threat and America works to strengthen our vital alliances with South Korea and Japan," said center Director Michael A. Needham. "We are thrilled to have an analyst with Bruce's experience and capability join our team to think through these challenges."  

Before coming to Heritage, Klingner spent several years at the Eurasia Group, a global political risk assessment firm, as its primary Korea analyst. In that role, he wrote articles and analyses for most major Asian and American newspapers. He also was a frequent panelist in policy forums around Washington and is well known as a leading Korea analyst throughout the Washington policy community. Before working at Eurasia, he worked as the director of analysis and senior Asia analyst at the Intellibridge Corp., which provides intelligence and analysis to government and business decision-makers.

Klingner also spent 20 years in the intelligence community working at the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency. In 1994, he was the selected as chief of the Korea Branch at the National Photographic Interpretation Center where he provided analytic reports on military during that year's nuclear crisis with North Korea.

At the CIA from 1996-2001, Klingner was the deputy chief of the Korea Issue Group in the directorate of intelligence where he was responsible for analyzing Korean political, military, economic and leadership issues for the president.

Klingner is a distinguished graduate of the National War College where he earned a master's degree in national security strategy in 2002. He also earned a master's in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Middlebury College in Vermont.

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