Research Associate, Indo-Pacific Security Program
Joshua Fitt is a Research Associate for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He focuses on U.S. East Asian security strategy and specializes in Japanese and Korean peninsular affairs.
Fitt has diverse field experience in Asia. In 2017, he took part in a research trip to South Korea to study issues faced by North Korean defectors that included the rare opportunity to visit a Hanawon resettlement facility. He spent several months in Japan as an earthquake and tsunami disaster relief volunteer with IsraAID in 2016, working in Kumamoto, Iwate, and Miyagi Prefectures, including a week as a fisherman’s assistant on the decimated Tohoku coast. After being awarded the Richard U. Light Fellowship in 2015, Fitt attended an immersive Japanese language and culture study program in Tokyo that featured extensive one-on-one instruction.
Before joining CNAS, Fitt was a campaign field organizer during the 2018 midterm elections in the Upper Midwest, where he spoke with thousands of voters about many different issues ranging from Chinese tariffs to improving the Veterans Affairs system’s ability to efficiently address the needs of service members. As an intern with the Japan Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, Fitt worked on several Japanese domestic and regional topics including the effect of North Korean escalation and instability on the 2017 Japanese Diet election.
Fitt is originally from Buffalo, New York and he received his BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University. Fitt’s thesis explored why some ethnic Koreans in Japan choose to affiliate with the pro-DPRK Chosen Soren. He is proficient in Japanese.
Recent Publications & News
CommentarySharper: The Quad
By Joshua Fitt, Isha Dalal & Chris Estep
PodcastChinaTalk: Japan's China Challenge
By Joshua Fitt & Jordan Schneider
ReportsPositive Visions, Powerful Partnerships
By Stephen Tankel, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt & Coby Goldberg
CommentaryStemming the Flow: The United States Needs a Strategy to Address China’s Strategic Exportation of Digital Authoritarianism
By Joshua Fitt
CommentarySharper: North Korea
By Joshua Fitt, Jason Bartlett, Chris Estep, Cole Stevens & Kristine Lee
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