Sue Mi Terry
Senior Research Scholar
North Korea, particularly North Korean leadership succession plans; Pyongyang's evolving nuclear strategy and the potential for instability in North Korea; politics and foreign policy of South Korea; Northeast Asian security; US-Northeast Asia relations
Dr. Sue Mi Terry spent seven years from 2001 to 2008 for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) working as Senior Analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence. In that role, she regularly monitored and assessed political and economic developments in North Korea and East Asia. In 2008, Dr. Terry held the position of Director of Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, she played an integral role in the formulation and implementation of US policy towards Northeast Asia, while bridging the gap between two US Presidents during the critical transition period of 2008-2009. Subsequently, Dr. Terry served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) during 2009-2010. In that role, she advised senior US policymakers on issues of strategic importance in East Asia. In September 2010, Dr. Terry joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as the National Intelligence Fellow. Her research at the CFR included pressing issues in the Northeast Asian region, particularly Korean Peninsula affairs such as security policy, nuclear strategy, and domestic stability issues.
Dr. Terry switched careers into the private sector in late 2011 and currently works as Managing Director at Gerson Global Advisors, a strategic investment and advisory firm based in New York. In this role, she co-heads the Sovereign Advisory business, and she is primarily responsible for developing and managing the firm's strategy, activities and client relations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Terry is also a frequent lecturer and commentator at numerous think tanks, senior US military colleges and leading American universities.
Dr. Terry holds a MA degree in International Relations and a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.