Suzanne DiMaggio is a director and senior fellow at New America, where she focuses on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and Asia. She has been leading Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic initiatives on regional security, terrorism, nonproliferation, and governance for nearly 20 years. DiMaggio is currently directing a U.S.-DPRK dialogue that has included several visits to North Korea, most recently in February 2017. As part of that process, she facilitated the first official discussions between the Trump administration and North Korean government representatives in Oslo in May 2017. Before joining New America, DiMaggio was the vice president of global policy programs at the Asia Society and the vice president of policy programs at the United Nations Association of the USA. She is a frequent commentator in the news media and her op-eds have appeared in national and international press outlets.
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“Since 2015, DiMaggio has led a private initiative involving former US and European officials and diplomats to meet with North Korean officials to discuss peace and security issues.”
“We were quickly heading down the road to a possible military confrontation with the North Koreans. And a major step toward diplomacy is a most welcome turn of events.”
Suzanne DiMaggio argues we could see a potential breakthrough with the upcoming summit.
“DiMaggio says there's no question that diplomacy remains viable.”
Suzanne DiMaggio argues, “What’s interesting, as we wrote about recently, is very early on, the North Koreans conveyed that they saw a new administration as a potential fresh start.”
“While determined to pursue a nuclear arsenal to defend their country, the North Koreans say they are also open to discussing how to avoid a disastrous confrontation.”
“David Greene talks to Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the think tank New America, about North Korea. In May, she facilitated informal talks, known as Track II diplomacy, with North Korea.”
Suzanne DiMaggio argues, “The goal is to pressure bad actors to change their policy, and we haven't seen that yet. So exerting increasing pressure through sanctions will only be effective if it's part of a larger strategy.”
Suzanne DiMaggio argues, “Despite all these concerns, I must give President Trump credit in taking a bold step toward diplomacy. I think it’s a welcome turn of events, given the daily cycle of escalation and hot rhetoric we have been witnessing between Washington and Pyongyang over the past months, including a lot of talk about war, military options.”