Sue Mi Terry is a scholar, consultant, and lecturer of Korean and East Asian issues, and specialist on North Korea.

She is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute.[1] She formerly served in the US government, including as Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.[2]


Terry received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 2001. Terry’s doctoral dissertation was titled "Park Chung Hee’s Korea, 1961-1979: A Study in Political Leadership and Statecraft." She also received a Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in 1998 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University in 1993.[2]

Personal Life

Terry was born in Seoul, South Korea. She immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12 years old. She and her family currently live in New York.[2]


Terry is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute, a position she has held since 2011. She is also an independent consult, the founder and President of Peninsula Strategies, a political risk and consulting firm.[2] Previously, she was the National Intelligence Fellow in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from 2010 to 2011.[3]

From 2009 to 2010, she was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council (NIC).[4] Prior to joining the NIC, she served as the Director for Asian Affairs in the White House’s National Security Council, with responsibility for Japan, North and South Korea, Australia and New Zealand from 2008 to 2009.[2] Earlier in her career, she also served as a Senior Analyst on East Asian issues at the Central Intelligence Agency.[5]


Terry’s recent publications include: “The North Korean Menace”, The Weekly Standard, December 20, 2014, “A Reunified Theory: Should We Welcome the Collapse of North Korea?” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014, “A Korea Whole and Free: Why Unifying the Peninsula Won’t Be So Bad After All”, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2014, and “Let North Korea Collapse,” The New York Times, June 16, 2014, “Hold Firm Against North Korean Blustering,” The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2013. Terry is also currently working on two books, “The Korean Superstate: Unification and Beyond” and “Nation Builder: Park Chung Hee and the Rise of South Korea.”

Further Reading


  1. Gladstone, Rick (Nov 18, 2014). "United Nations Urges North Korea Prosecutions". The New York Times. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sue Mi Terry’s page at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
  3. Former National Intelligence Fellows.
  4. Varner, William (Dec 2, 2010). "China Refusal to Condemn N. Korea Limits U.S. Options". Bloomberg Business. 
  5. Ex-CIA Analyst Expects North Korea to Attack South Korea Before Tensions End.

External Links

Category:Experts on North Korea

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