Sue Mi Terry

Dr. Sue Mi Terry is Senior Fellow for Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Terry joined CSIS in 2017 after a long and distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues.

Dr. Terry served as a Senior Analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, where she produced hundreds of intelligence assessments--including a record number of contributions to the President's Daily Brief, the Intelligence Community's most prestigious product. She received numerous awards for her leadership and outstanding mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008.

From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Terry was the Director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.  In that role, she formulated, coordinated, and implemented U.S. government policy on Korea and Japan, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania.  From 2009 to 2010, she was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council. In that position, she led the US. Intelligence community's production of strategic analysis on East Asian issues and authored multiple National Intelligence Estimates. From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Terry served as the National Intelligence Fellow in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Since leaving the government, Dr. Terry has been a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute (2011-2015), where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses on Korean politics and East Asia, and Senior Adviser for Korea at BowerGroupAsia (2015-2017).

Dr. Terry is a frequent commentator on television and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, Fox News, Bloomberg News, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and Radio Free Asia, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and other publications.

She holds a Ph.D. (2001) and a Masters of Arts (1998) in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University (1993). She was born in Seoul and raised in Hawaii and Northern Virginia.