Suzanne DiMaggio is a Director and Senior Fellow at New America, where she focuses on the organization’s growing body of international security projects related to the Middle East and Asia. She also is the Director of New America’s office in New York City.
An expert dialogue practitioner, Suzanne has been leading Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic initiatives on regional security, terrorism, nonproliferation, governance, and development for over 15 years. She has a special interest in the role of policy dialogue with countries that the United States has limited official relations, especially Iran, Myanmar, and North Korea.
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 Track 2 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. This process is widely recognized as a trusted forum for formulating ideas, vetting proposals, and forging important relationships over time.
Suzanne 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.