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Sarah Vogler
Research Scientist

BIOGRAPHY

Sarah Vogler is the director of the North Korea Portfolio within CNA's Strategy, Plans, Policy, and Programs Division. The North Korea Portfolio is composed of analysts and advisors with deep experience studying North Korea in academic, government, and military settings. She is an expert in adversary analysis, regime dynamics, and strategic calculus. Sarah's recent research topics include strategic calculus and decision-making in North Korea, North Korean command and control, and US security policy in Northeast Asia. She has supported numerous commands and offices within the Department of Defense and the US government. From 2019–2020, Sarah was the CNA field representative to Commander, Carrier Strike Group-TEN, during its deployment work-up and deployment. From 2020–2022, she was assigned temporarily to help CNA support FEMA's COVID-19 and vaccine field operations as part of the agency's pandemic response.

Sarah received a B.A. in international affairs, with concentrations in conflict and security and European and Eurasian studies and a minor in sociocultural anthropology, from the George Washington University. She received a M.A. in international affairs with a focus on US foreign policy also from the George Washington University.


RECENT NEWS

September 18, 2019

According to the CNA report, Russia's Approach to Cyber Warfare, "They [Russian military theorists] conceptualize cyber operations within the broader framework of information warfare, a holistic concept that includes computer network operations, electronic warfare, psychological operations, and information operations."

CyberScoop: "Sen. Warner Says Hacking, Disinformation Are the Future of War, and Urges the U.S. to Keep Up"

September 3, 2019

Sarah Vogler writes, "Kim could put pressure on the United States and South Korea for a favorable negotiating position by conducting new tests of the Pukkuksong, or by demonstrating the ability to mate an SSB with an SLBM."

The Hill: "A North Korean Sub with Nuclear Missiles Raises the Stakes"

July 27, 2019

Sarah Vogler says, "If Trump's approach does not yield significant gains or success, then it is going to be very difficult for whoever comes after him to justify why their leader-to-leader approach will be different."

NPR: "Trump Opened a Door with North Korea. Will 2020 Candidates Follow?"

January 18, 2019

Sarah Vogler writes, “Kim Yong Chol has arrived in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Pompeo and President Trump. Ever since North Korea’s shift to diplomatic rapprochement with South Korea and the United States in 2018, Kim Yong Chol has been one of the primary officials to represent Pyongyang.”

38 North: “Why is Kim Yong Chol Still Pyongyang’s Choice for US-DPRK Relations?”

January 18, 2019

Sarah Vogler writes, “Kim Yong Chol has arrived in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Pompeo and President Trump. Ever since North Korea’s shift to diplomatic rapprochement with South Korea and the United States in 2018, Kim Yong Chol has been one of the primary officials to represent Pyongyang.”

38 North: “Why is Kim Yong Chol Still Pyongyang’s Choice for US-DPRK Relations?”

October 6, 2018

Sarah Vogler writes, “Despite the seemingly cordial relations between President Trump and Kim, North Korea and the United States do not trust each other, their definitions of what ‘denuclearization of the Korean peninsula’ means are different, and neither side agrees to the other’s opening negotiating position.”

The Hill: “More Than Symbolic Gestures Needed in U.S.-North Korea Talks”


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