Bradley Babson

DPRK Economic Forum, USKI
NCNK Steering Committee


Since 1997, Brad Babson has studied the North Korean economy and written extensively on economic perspectives on the integration of North Korea into the international community. He presently is Chair of the DPRK Economic Forum at the U.S.-Korea Institute, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, as well as on the Executive Committee of the National Committee for North Korea.

Mr. Babson is a consultant on Asian affairs with a concentration on North Korea and Myanmar. He worked for the World Bank for 26 years before retiring in 2000. Since then he has consulted for the World Bank and United Nations and been involved in projects sponsored by various institutes, foundations and universities. In Maine, he is President of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and a Director of the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Recent publications include “The Rocky Road for Modernizing North Korea’s Economy.” Korea’s Economy 2010 Volume 26, Korea Economic Institute of America, Washington DC, July 10, 2010. “Reframing Future Negotiations” in Room for Debate: How to Respond to North Korea, New York Times, November 23, 2010. “Transformation of the North Korean Economy and Implications for Future Engagement Strategies,” 2010 Symposium on Inter-Korean Cooperation and Development: fishing for Cooperation, Netting for Development, Korea Maritime Institute and John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, November 30, 2010. “Rethinking Economic Engagement with North Korea.” 38 North.Org, U.S.-Korea Institute, John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, March 11, 2011. “Evaluation and Prospect of North Korean Economy,” EXIM North Korea Economic Review, Export-Import Bank of Korea, 2011.

Mr. Babson received his BA degree from Williams College in 1972, and MPA degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University in 1974. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.