Soo Kim is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation focused on national security and policy issues in the Indo-Pacific, the intelligence community, and U.S. homeland security.
Kim began her career in national security at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she served for seven years as a Korea analyst. She has also done stints at the Department of State and several CIA-led interagency task forces handling the DPRK nuclear and leadership crises. Kim most recently served in the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on strategy conceptualization and implementation and policy support. Kim served as an adjunct professor at American University, teaching courses in East Asian history and politics.
Kim is a member of the CSIS PONI mid-career cadre and a contributor to Nikkei Asia and the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter. She has published numerous commentary articles in leading international relations publications, including The Diplomat, Council on Foreign Relations, The National Interest, and The Hill. Her analysis on Korean Peninsula and Indo-Pacific issues are frequently featured in international media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, BBC, CNN, NBC, Voice of America, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel News Asia (CNA), Bloomberg, Chosun Ilbo, South China Morning Post, and Donga Ilbo.
Kim received a doctorate in international affairs (DIA) from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS, as well as an MIPP and M.A. from the same institution, and a B.A. in French from Yale University. She has native command of Korean and is capable in French, Russian, and Japanese.