Catherine Killough

Advocacy and Leadership Coordinator, Women Cross DMZ

Region(s): Asia, North America
Based in United States

Catherine Killough (@catkillough) is the Advocacy and Leadership Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing for peace on the Korean peninsula. She is based in Washington, DC, where she works to reorient US policy on North Korea toward a peacebuilding approach in recognition of the unresolved 70-year-long Korean war.

Previously, she was the Roger L. Hale fellow at Ploughshares Fund, the largest US philanthropic organization focused on reducing and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. She organized the North Korea Advocacy Working Group, a coalition of arms control, peace, humanitarian, and national security groups in support of diplomatic solutions to the “fire and fury” nuclear crisis that emerged in 2017. Her research on the history of US-North Korea diplomacy culminated in the report, “Begun is Half Done: Prospects for US-North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy.”

Catherine’s work and commentary have appeared in national and international outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Yonhap, Stars and Stripes, Newsweek, and Al Jazeera. She has published in Foreign Policy, 38 North, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Responsible Statecraft, Arms Control Today, and more.