David Straub

David Straub has been associate director of the Korean Studies Program at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center since 2008. A retired senior foreign service officer, he served 30 years in the US State Department, including as director of the office of Korean affairs. He participated in the first three sessions of the Six Party Talks in Beijing on North Korea’s nuclear program and accompanied former President Bill Clinton to Pyongyang in 2009 to return two incarcerated American journalists to the United States.