Youngmin Jo is a foreign service officer from the Republic of Korea (ROK). He graduated from Seoul National University with a BA in psychology and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013 where he worked on the North Korean nuclear issue as special assistant to the ROK’s chief nuclear negotiator for the Six-Party Talks. He was also a desk officer responsible for consultations with Russia on the nuclear issue and assessing developments in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. In such capacities, Youngmin was part of the ROK delegation in numerous bilateral and trilateral meetings with the U.S., Japan, China, and Russia. He also worked in the foreign ministry’s Office of Planning and Coordination, where he monitored the implementation of the president’s foreign policy tasks and was in charge of writing the annual report on their outcomes. While at Yale, Youngmin researched security issues in the Asia-Pacific region with a particular focus on Korean Peninsula issues, the U.S.-ROK alliance, and the U.S.-China relationship. After graduation, he will return to work for the South Korean government on issues of national security and foreign policy.