2021 Tillman Scholar

Diana Park

Tufts University

“What matters is a commitment to hope. Rather than a feeling, hope is a lifestyle, discovered sometimes in the direst situations, but sustains us through a lifetime.”

After graduating from Georgetown University, Diana was commissioned in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer. She worked in the expeditionary community, supporting tactical and operational level commanders in the Middle East and Africa on counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) missions. Diana also deployed as the U.S. Navy’s intelligence liaison officer to the South Korean navy, serving concurrently as senior U.S. watch officer at the Combined Naval Intelligence Coordination Center in Busan, South Korea, during heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. She served as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s lead India naval analyst, producing strategic intelligence products on Indian maritime issues to defense policymakers and military leadership. She worked as the Asia Pacific and Afghanistan-Pakistan regional desk officer at the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center at the National Military Command Center.

Upon graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2017 with a master’s of public policy, she continued her service in the federal government as a presidential management fellow at the Department of Treasury, Department of State, and Department of Defense working on cyber and North Korea issues. She is a doctoral student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she focuses her research on the intersection of cyber and international relations. Diana is committed to the value of knowledge, analysis, and research, and hopes to make an impact on the understanding of war and diplomacy for a more secure future in the years ahead.