Karen M. Sutter is a specialist in Asian trade and finance at the Congressional Research Service. She has over 30 years of experience working on US-Asia policy issues, and crosscutting economic, political, technological and national security issues in government, business, and the think tank community. She previously served as the director of strategy and analysis for the US Air Force’s Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis (OCEA); special advisor to the assistant secretary for international markets and investment and senior policy advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for investment security at the US Department of Treasury; and senior analyst on China at the CIA. Prior to joining government, Sutter led the research and consulting division of the US-China Business Council and directed the Asia program at The Atlantic Council of the United States. Earlier in her career, she worked for the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Asia Society. Sutter has worked and studied in Beijing, Taipei, and Strasbourg, and speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and French. She received an MA in international studies from the University of Washington, where she was a Henry M. Jackson Fellow, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.