Chuck Downs "whose career in defense and national security issues spans more than two decades, wrote Over the Line: North Korea’s Negotiating Strategy while serving as Associate Director of the Asian Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Downs retired in June 2002 from the position of Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor to the House Policy Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served the majority of his career in the Pentagon, as Deputy Director for Regional Affairs and Congressional Relations in the Pentagon’s East Asia office." 
He is a director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
- "Biography", U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Accessed December 2006.