Sutton, Ms. Susan - DOS

Faculty Seminar Leader

National War College

Susan Sutton began her assignment at the National Defense University in July, 2018.  Overseas, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Hanoi, Vietnam; in Sofia, Bulgaria; and in Vientiane, Lao PDR.  At the State Department, she served as Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Deputy Director of the Office of Bilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy and Labor; and Country Officer for Bulgaria and Albania.  She also served as Political Counselor in Bangkok, Thailand and political officer in Bucharest, Romania; she was part of the team assigned to open the first U.S. embassy in Chisinau, Moldova.  Susan is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  She has a Master’s degree in German Literature from Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Boston University.  She speaks German, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese -- to varying degrees.

Subject expertise: ASEAN; Democracy and Rule of Law; Nationalities and Minorities issues


Regional expertise:  Southeast Asia; Southeastern Europe