Kori Urayama is a researcher working on issues related to ballistic missile defense (BMD), Japanese security & foreign policy, U.S.-Japan alliance, and Sino-Japanese relations. Urayama received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University in 2008 (Dissertation Title: "Missile Defense, U.S.-Japan Alliance and Sino-Japanese Relations, 1983-2007"), MA in Political Science from Boston University in 2007, BA in International Relations from International Christian University (ICU) in 1997, and BA in Politics from Earlham College (Richmond, IN) in 1996. She is currently affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she was a foreign affairs consultant for the U.S. Government, visiting fellow at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), research fellow at the U.S.-China Security Review Commission, researcher for foreign affairs columns at the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper Co. (Tokyo, Japan), and a research assistant for Asian security studies project at the Tokyo Foundation. She has also conducted various commissioned research work for such think-tanks as the Eisenhower Institute (Washington, DC) and the Institute for International Policy Studies (Tokyo, Japan). Her publications have appeared in such journals as Survival (IISS London), Asian Survey (University of California Press), Chuo Koron, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.