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Susan Thornton
Susan Thornton

Susan Thornton

Senior Fellow, Yale University Paul Tsai China Center & Fmr. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Susan Thornton is a distinguished senior diplomat with extensive experience in Eurasia and East Asia and is currently a senior fellow and research scholar at the Yale University Paul Tsai China Center. Until July 2018, she was acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State under President Trump, where she led East Asia policymaking. Thornton was the architect of the diplomatic pressure campaign on the North Korean regime, structured the administration’s initial approach to China, and developed the administration’s trademark Indo-Pacific Strategy.


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