Terence Roehrig, Ph.D.

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Professor of National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group. He has been a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom and a past President of the Association of Korean Political Studies. He has published numerous books, articles and book chapters on Korean and East Asian security issues, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the U.S.-South Korea alliance, human rights, and transitional justice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Koreas
  • National Security
  • Nuclear
  • WMD

Professional Highlights


Visiting Professor

Brown University

Director, Asia-Pacific Studies Group



Naval War College

Associate Professor

Naval War College

Associate Professor

Cardinal Stritch University

Assistant Professor

Cardinal Stritch University
Milwaukee, WI


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science

M.A., Marquette University, Political Science

C.V. or Resume

Research Contributions and Publications

"Korea: From Unity to Division to Alliance" to Special Operations Detachment-Gulf (SOD-G) at the Rhode Island National Guard

Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War 
Columbia University Press

South Korea’s Rise: Economic Development, Power, and Foreign Relations 
Uk Heo and Terence Roehrig 
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

South Korea since 1980 
Uk Heo and Terence Roehrig 
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Korean Dispute Over the Northern Limit Line: Security, Economics, or International Law? 
Maryland Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, School of Law, University of Maryland

Korean Security in a Changing East Asia 
Terence Roehrig, Jungmin Seo, and Uk Heo (eds.) 
Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers

From Deterrence to Engagement: The U.S. Defense Commitment to South Korea 
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books

The Prosecution of Former Military Leaders in Newly Democratic Nations: The Cases of Argentina, Greece, and South Korea 
Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press

Stability or Instability? – The U.S. Response to North Korean Nuclear Weapons 
Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen (eds) 
North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press)

South Korea’s Contributions to Peacekeeping and Counterpiracy: Promoting International Peace and Security 
Asian Perspective 41, no. 1(January-March 2017): 121-146

Korea in US-China Relations 
In Andrew T. H. Tan (ed), Handbook of US-China Relations 
Edward Elgar Publishing

North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and the Stability-Instability Paradox 
Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 28, no. 2 (June 2016): 181-198

Reinforcing Deterrence: The U.S. Military Response to North Korean Provocations 
In Gilbert Rozman (ed.), Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies: Facing Reality in East Asia: Tough Decisions on Competition and Cooperation, Korea Economic Institute of America, Vol. 26, 2015

The North Korea Endgame 
In Andrew Tan (ed.) Conflict in East Asia, Routledge, 2015

Awards and Decorations

Research Fellow, Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, International Security Program & Project on Managing the Atom

Academy of Korean Studies Grant , Five year grant, $1.1 million for team of six researchers

Martin Luther King Peacemaker Award, Cardinal Stritch University

Educator of the Year Award, Cardinal Stritch University – Awarded by a student committee from student nominations

Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, Cardinal Stritch University – Awarded by a faculty committee from faculty nominations

Fulbright Award to Korea

External Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

Association of Korean Political Studies

News, Media, & Events


VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Doing Something Worthwhile

Jun. 24, 2019
News Publication

Maritime Irregular Warfare Workshop

Jun. 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Mahan Reading Room, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

U.S.-India Ties: Long-Term Courtship, but No Marriage in Sight

Jun. 12, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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