A Better U.S. Approach to China: A Talk by Susan A. Thornton ’85, P’22

Susan Thornton

April 29, 2021 @ 12:00 p.m. EDT

Susan A. Thornton ’85, P’22 is Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. In 2018, she retired from the State Department after a 28-year diplomatic career focused primarily on East and Central Asia. In leadership roles in Washington, Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on denuclearization.

In her 18 years of overseas postings in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus and China, Thornton’s leadership furthered U.S. interests and influence and maintained programs and mission morale in a host of difficult operating environments. Thornton holds degrees from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Bowdoin College where she was an economics and Russian double major. She serves on several non-profit boards and speaks Russian, Mandarin Chinese and French.

All members of the Bowdoin community are invited to tune in to this program marking Asian Heritage Month and in connection with the 2020/2021 Reunion Talks series. Q&A to follow.