Jim Walsh is an expert in international security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. He has taught at both Harvard University and MIT. Walsh has testified before the U.S. Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and on Iran's nuclear program. He is one of a handful of Americans who have traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues. The British newspaper The Independent named Walsh and his coauthors as having offered one of the 10 best and original ideas of 2008.
Walsh is currently writing a book on North Korea for Yale University Press. His comments and analysis have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine, The Economist, ABC news, CBS news, Fox, CNN, NPR, the BBC, and even MTV. Walsh once played himself in a made-for-TV movie. Before coming to MIT, Walsh was executive director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Walsh received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.