Dr. Tina J. Park is a Partners across the Globe (PaG) Fellow in the Research Division at the NATO Defense College in Rome. She is also a Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, based at the University of Toronto. The CCR2P is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization aimed at advancing scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle.
Dr. Park has advised over 30 governments and regional/international organizations on their human rights policies, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the InterAction Council, and has addressed the UN General Assembly’s annual dialogue on R2P at the UN HQ in New York since 2013. She also contributed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s annual report on R2P since 2012.
At the University of Toronto, her Ph.D. research focused on a century of bilateral relations between Canada and Korea under the broader history of globalization in the 20th century. She has taught undergraduate students at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University for the last six years on Canadian foreign policy, Asian-Canadian history and the history of espionage. As one of Canada’s top experts on North Korea, Dr. Park was designated as the country expert for Korea at Global Affairs Canada and has trained high-ranking members of the Canadian Armed Forces on Korean affairs.
Dr. Park is a frequent commentator in the media on security challenges involving North Korea, NATO and security in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically nuclear non-proliferation and the peace process on the Korean Peninsula. She has published two book chapters, one on the past, present and future of Canadian-Korean defense relations (CIGI/Asan, 2015) and another on the role of private sector in advancing R2P (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She contributes regularly to Maclean’s and the Globe and Mail. As a Vice-President of the NATO Association of Canada, Dr. Park is actively engaged in public diplomacy efforts with regards to NATO and Canada.
A firm believer in community engagement, Dr. Park has co-founded the University of Toronto Women in House program with Minister Carolyn Bennett and remains as an avid supporter of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. Dr. Park speaks six languages and enjoys travelling & sailing in her free time.