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WASHINGTON–The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the appointment of Dr. Sue Mi Terry as Director of the Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy.

“Dr. Terry is a recognized thought leader and analyst on matters involving the Korean Peninsula,” said Ambassador Mark Green, Wilson Center President and CEO. “I know she will take our sector-leading Korean work to new heights.”

Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Dr. Terry served in a range of important policy roles related to both Korea and its surrounding region. Formerly a Senior Fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), she served as a Senior Analyst on Korean issues at the CIA (2001-08), Director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council (2008-09), and Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council (2009-10). She holds a Ph.D. (2001) and an M.A. (1998) in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in political science from New York University (1993).

“I’m delighted to be joining the all-star team at the Wilson Center,” Dr. Terry said. “The Wilson Center has a well-established reputation for in-depth, objective and nonpartisan analysis on some of the most pressing foreign policy issues facing American policy makers —especially when it comes to Asia. It’s a privilege to further their focus of the US-South Korea alliance, the challenges of North Korea, and related regional issues.”

Dr. Terry, who will also serve as Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program, is a regular guest on radio, podcasts, and television, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, and NPR, and she has authored numerous publications in prominent publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Chosun Ilbo. Her latest article is “North Koreas Nuclear Family: How the Kims Got the Bomb and Why They Won't Give It Up” for the September/October 2021 edition of Foreign Affairs.

The Wilson Center also announced that previous Korea Center Director, Jean Lee, will continue to serve as a Senior Fellow while focusing on her role as co-host of the BBC World Service podcast on North Korea, "The Lazarus Heist."

“Jean has made tremendous contributions to the Wilson Center’s work on the Korean Peninsula, and put our Korea Center on the map. We are thrilled to welcome Sue to the Wilson Center, and excited that the Korea Center will now include the expertise and insights from both remarkable scholars,” said Abraham Denmark, Director of the Asia Program.

 

Notes to editors:

  1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.
  1. The Asia Programprovides a forum in the nation's capital for enhancing deeper understanding of, and policy debate about, Asia. It seeks to furnish an intellectual link between the world of ideas and the world of policy on issues relating to Asia and U.S. interests in Asia. The Program organizes dozens of conferences and other meetings and produces several major publications every year, each featuring the work of Asia specialists ranging from distinguished scholars and prominent policymakers to journalists, entrepreneurs, and grassroots activists.
  1. The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policywas established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.

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