Frank Aum

Frank Aum is the senior expert on North Korea at the US Institute of Peace and the lead author of its 2020 report, “A Peace Regime for the Korean Peninsula.” From 2010 to 2017, Aum served in the Obama administration at the US Department of Defense, primarily as the senior advisor on the Korean Peninsula in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During this time, he advised four secretaries of defense on issues related to Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula and received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. His recent publications include an October 2020 co-authored article with Ambassador Joseph Yun in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that recommends principles to guide diplomacy with North Korea, and a December 2020 co-authored article with George A. Lopez in War on the Rocks that outlines a bold peace offensive to engage North Korea.