What Susan Thornton’s nomination means for East Asia diplomacy
The appointment brings a degree of stability back to the rocky ship of State
Susan Thornton, current Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, has been nominated by the Trump administration to serve as Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Her nomination is not expected to be accompanied by radical policy changes, but it does mark something of a return to normalcy for Rex Tillerson’s ailing State Department.
Earlier in the year, Thornton was specifically mentioned as a target for removal by Steve Bannon. Her nomination indicates both a departure from Bannon-style policies over the Asia-Pacific region and a slight return to the status
- 01Timeline: From North Korean threats against South to soccer defeat to Japan
- 02State media review: Drought forecast raises risks to North Korean food security
- 03Russian ship rejoins North Korea weapons trade, only for operation to go on hold
- 04Russia obscures North Korea arms trade by moving operation out of military port
- 05Why talks on North Korea’s nuclear program still can’t get off the ground
- 06North Korea hints beach resort twice as long as Waikiki may finally open soon
- 07State media review: North Korea slams US ‘air pirates’ for raising risk of war
- 08What North Korea’s official budget reveals about its spending priorities in 2024