Soo W. Kim

Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in French, Yale University

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Soo Kim is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of specialization include North and South Korea, Southeast Asia, Russia, decisionmaking, propaganda, the intelligence community, and homeland security. She served as an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and recently at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

A native Korean speaker, Kim has written articles for The Hill, National Review, The National Interest, CIA's Studies in Intelligence, The Diplomat, and other publications. In 2015, she authored the monograph, Proliferation Fallout from the Iran Deal: The South Korean Case Study (2015). Kim is frequently cited and interviewed as a Korea specialist in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, CNN, PBS, Bloomberg, Voice of America, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Handelsblatt, Donga Ilbo, and other international outlets.

Kim earned a B.A. in French from Yale University and an M.A. in international relations/strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 


Korean; French; Russian; Japanese

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Arirang News, Korea; Bloomberg Radio; China Global Television Network; CNN International Online; CNN, The Situation Room; FOX Business Network Online; KBS Radio; Korea Times Washington DC Edition; Newsy; Radio Free Asia; tbs eFM 101.3MHz - Seoul, S. Korea; Voice of America


  • South Korea and U.S. Special Forces during a joint military exercise in Gangwon province, South Korea, November 7, 2019, photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/U.S. Air Force/Reuters

    U.S.–South Korea OPCON Transition: The Element of Timing

    As Washington and Seoul continue to examine the feasibility and conditions for wartime operational control transition, decisionmakers will likely face political pressure on timing. It may well be to the advantage of both allies that the determination of the transfer be driven by a hard, thorough diagnosis of military capabilities against emerging threats.

    Apr 2, 2020 Council on Foreign Relations

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees a super-large multiple launch rocket system test in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 28, 2019, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    North Korea Holds Most of the Cards in Nuclear Negotiations with U.S.

    North Korea has been reminding the United States that the window to negotiate a nuclear deal is closing. Pyongyang will likely continue trying to force Washington's hand into a deal that allows North Korea to keep its weapons while still reaping economic and political concessions.

    Dec 20, 2019 Nikkei

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    U.S. Economic War on China Weakens Nuclear North Korea, Too

    An effective way to bend North Korea toward denuclearization may be exerting consistent and targeted pressure on China. Diminishing Beijing's relevance isn't a cure-all. But it could pierce Kim's illusion of invincibility and place him in a bind to make some concessions.

    Oct 18, 2019 Nikkei Asian Review

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a strike drill during a military drill in North Korea, May 4, 2019, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    One Year After Singapore: The North Korea Problem Is Bigger Than Nukes

    After two summits between the United States and North Korea, and little to show in the way of deliverables on dismantlement, hopes that a third summit may yield a denuclearization deal seem a bit unrealistic. Essentially, there has been no indication of intent on Kim's part to denuclearize. But the North Korea problem is much greater than nukes.

    Jun 17, 2019 The Hill