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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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.


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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


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Iran's U.S. Relations Marked by Mixed Messages

"We're at an important critical moment in the relationship [with Iran]," says Suzanne DiMaggio.


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Leveraging the Iran Nuclear Agreement To Reduce Conflict in the Middle East

Suzanne DiMaggio joined a public roundtable conversation to explore how the Iran nuclear agreement could reduce conflict in the Middle East.


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Reality, Risk, and Potential: Managing Today's Conflicts

Suzanne DiMaggio facilitates a discussion at the "Reality, Risk & Potential: Managing Today's Conflicts" conference.


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As Iran Seeks Western Investment, Women Show They Mean Business

Suzanne DiMaggio spoke with Bloomberg about how the nuclear deal for Iran means empowerment for Iranian women.


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Women in Iran Are Ready to Show They Mean Business

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in Bloomberg about the impact of the nuclear deal on economic opportunities for women in Iran.


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A Post-Iran Deal Security Agenda

Join New America as we present a panel of experts with experience at high levels in Washington and Tehran.


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Saudi Arabia Coalition, Popular Resistance Forces In Yemen Make Gains Over Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels

"Yemen is a perfect example," said Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow and director of the Iran Initiative at New America, a nonprofit America


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Iran Deal 2015: Israel And Saudi Arabia Offer Contrasting Responses

“There’s no question that the prospect of greater U.S. engagement with Iran is not going to sit well with our allies, particularly Israel. B


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Iranian Diplomat Balanced Tehran Camps

“It’s clear [Mr. Zarif] is operating within a political system that is quite complicated and there are some very powerful opponents to what


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Iran's economic recovery from sanctions won't come overnight, experts say

The American business community in particular has been taking a wait-and-see attitude before sinking major capital into joint ventures with