Soo Kim is a former CIA North Korea analyst and currently a Research Analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). She is also an opinions columnist for The Hill. Her East Asia subspecialties include leadership and decision-making, political psychology, nonproliferation, authoritarian regimes, propaganda, security, and North and South Korea issues. Ms. Kim also specializes in the intelligence community and US homeland security issues, including immigration, border security, and illicit networks. Previously, Ms. Kim was a National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and a policy analyst and advisor to the US Department of Homeland Security.
Ms. Kim has written for publications including Washington Examiner, CIA's Studies in Intelligence, National Review, The Cipher Brief, The Hill, RealClearWorld, and the Diplomat. She has appeared in television and radio interviews, including PBS NewsHour, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Radio International, and the National Geographic Channel. She has been cited in leading publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC News.
Ms. Kim earned an M.A. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a B.A. in French from Yale University. She is a native English and Korean speaker. Ms. Kim also speaks French and has a command of Russian and Japanese.
Sub-specialties: North Korean leadership, inter-Korean relations, US-South Korea alliance, US intelligence community, propaganda of authoritarian regimes, nuclear nonproliferation, illicit networks, US-Mexico relations, homeland security
Don’t panic! Why the Kim Yong Chol meeting cancellation is par for the course
NK News [8 Nov 2018]
A North Korean Gordian Knot: Undoing the Nuclear Link
The Diplomat [27 Mar 2018]
Troubling Signs in US-South Korea Alliance
The Hill [2 Nov 2018]
Why North Korea's post-summit intentions are up for debate
PBS NewsHour [13 Jun 2018]
Pyongyang’s Summit Invitation to Washington: Beware of Playing into Kim’s Hands
National Review [9 Mar 2018]
Seoul Wants to Make Some Defense Reforms, But We're Not There Yet
The Hill [2 Aug 2018]
South Korea's refugee debate eclipses a deeper, more fundamental question
The Hill [10 Jul 2018]
We’re allowing North Korea to tread over us, but it’s not too late to stop
The Hill [29 Jun 2018]
Trump-Kim talks: Fantastic, indeed
The Hill [12 Jun 2018]
Singapore talks: Curb the urgency and haste
The Hill [5 Jun 2018]