Dr. John Hemmings joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in July 2019. His areas of focus at DKI APCSS are Northeast Asian security, the US alliance system, Japanese defence policy, and Chinese technology policy
Prior to arriving at DKI APCSS, Dr. Hemmings was the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre and Deputy Research Director at the Henry Jackson Society, a trans-Atlantic think tank in London. During this time, he regularly briefed multiple government departments and agencies, including the UK Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defense, and gave testimony to the House of Commons Defence Committee on security in East Asia. While he was at the Henry Jackson Society, Dr. Hemmings co-authored a study on Huawei, 5G and the Five Eyes, multiple studies on the Indo-Pacific, and coordinated a project on diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.
Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Hemmings worked at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Whitehall, where he was a researcher on Northeast Asian defence and security studies. During this period, he undertook research on South Korean stabilization activities in Kabul and Parwan, Afghanistan on behalf of the Asia Foundation and reviewed Japanese defense industrial policy. Over the course of his career, Dr. Hemmings holds adjunct fellowships with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Pacific Forum, and the Council of Geostrategy.
Dr. Hemmings has written commentary about international affairs for the Lowy Interpreter, Council of Geostrategy, the National Interest, ORF, and the Telegraph newspaper. He also publishes with academic journals, and has written for International Affairs, the RUSI Journal, Asia Policy, the Harvard Asia Quarterly, and International Politics Review. He gained his Masters degree in International Peace and Security from Kings College London in 2007 and gained his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 2017.