Naoko Aoki is a Ph.D. student specializing in International Security and Economic Policy. Her dissertation explores the impact of domestic politics on international security cooperation, using U.S. implementation of two denuclearization agreements with North Korea as case studies. Her research attempts to better understand the conditions under which security cooperation agreements could be implemented. Her other research interests include nuclear and missile programs as well as cybersecurity in the Asia-Pacific region. She was formerly with Kyodo News, Japan’s largest news agency, covering Japanese domestic politics and economic policy in Tokyo before serving as Kyodo’s Beijing correspondent from 2004 to 2009. She holds an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.