Suzanne DiMaggio

Director, The U.S.-Iran Initiative; Senior Fellow

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. She has a special interest in the role of policy dialogue with countries that the United States has limited or no official relations, especially Iran and North Korea.

Based at New America NYC, she directs the U.S.-Iran Initiative, which is carried out through a combination of policy dialogue, research, and a series of public events and private roundtables, with the aim of generating analyses and recommendations in support of improving relations between the two countries. The project’s centerpiece is a long-running dialogue that she established in 2002, which brings together influential and knowledgeable Americans and Iranians to explore possible grounds for constructive engagement and develop mutually acceptable strategies for addressing a range of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, regional security, and U.S.-Iran relations. 

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.

In 2009, she launched and directed a task force and an accompanying U.S.-Myanmar dialogue aimed at generating policy options to advance the normalization of bilateral relations. In 2016, she initiated a U.S.-China dialogue focused on great power interests in Myanmar and Southeast Asia more broadly. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Advisory Committee for Securing a Peaceful Transition in Myanmar.

Before joining New America, DiMaggio was the vice president of global policy programs at the Asia Society (2007-2014), where she set the strategic direction for moving the Society’s work in the policy arena from a public program-focused forum to a global think tank aimed at addressing the most critical challenges facing the United States and Asia. She was the vice president of policy programs at the United Nations Association of the USA (1998-2007), where she directed programs that advanced multilateral approaches to global problem solving and advocated in support of constructive U.S. international engagement. Before joining UNA-USA, she was a program officer at the United Nations University (1993-1998), a research institute that links the UN system with international academic and policy communities. First based in Tokyo, Japan, and later at UN headquarters in New York, her work at UNU focused on international security issues and development.

She holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.A. from The City College of New York (CUNY). She is a frequent commentator in the news media and her op-eds have appeared in national and international press outlets. DiMaggio resides in NYC’s Greenwich Village with her husband, jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison, and daughter.

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NEW AMERICA NYC
Losing an Enemy

A new book describes how creative diplomacy — not conventional wisdom in Washington — clinched the Iran nuclear deal.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
U.S. Has Occasional Contact With North Korea Diplomats

Suzanne DiMaggio joined National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
North Korea Weighing a Return to Talks as Missile Launch Boosts its Bargaining Power, US Nuclear Expert Says

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in a South China Morning Post article about holding talks with North Korea after its latest missile test.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
North Korea Missile Test: U.S. Should Consider Talks With Kim Jong-Un's Regime, Says Nuclear Weapons Expert

Suzane DiMaggio was interviewed by Newsweek about steps the U.S. should take following North Korea's most recent missile launch.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Trump Twists In The Wind As North Korea’s Nuclear Capability Grows

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in the Huffington Post about Trump's approach to North Korea:


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
Top North Korean Nuclear Negotiator Secretly Met With U.S. Diplomats

Suzane DiMaggio was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about the future of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and North Korea.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
Dennis Rodman, Frequent Visitor to North Korea, Is Back

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in The New York Times on Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea:


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
Rouhani Vows to Shed Iran Sanctions as Trump Piles on More

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in Bloomberg on the Trump Administration's policy on Iran sanctions.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
To Start Talks With North Korea, Look to the Iran Deal

It is tempting to think that the Iran nuclear agreement could offer a similar path forward with North Korea, but the two are very different.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA NYC
Children of Paradise

1979, Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has largely been a black to the West.


NEW AMERICA NYC
Children of Paradise

Join us for a conversation between Laura Secor and Stephen Heintz on the unprecedented history of Iran and the stories of individuals.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
With hope for democracy, millions vote in Myanmar’s historic election

Suzanne DiMaggio joined Hari Sreenivasan on the PBS NewsHour to talk about the significance of Myanmar’s recent election — its first competi