Doug Suazo

International & Comparative Politics
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A graduate of Beavercreek (OH) Highschool in 1997, Doug Suazo joined the active-duty US Air Force as C-130 aircrew loadmaster then later a biomedical equipment technician. In 2015 he returned to Dayton’s Wright-Patterson AFB, then retired in 2017 after 20 years of service. With an undergraduate degree in International Relations and fascinated with political science, he set aside his career in healthcare to continue his education in International & Comparative Politics at the School of Public and International Affairs college where he became a member delegate of Wright State’s Model UN. After serving four years in Tokyo and two in South Korea, Doug’s thesis focused on how women survive in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Titled The Kim Regime, The Dictator’s Little Sister, and the Women of North Korea:  Analyzing Kim’s Dilemma by Comparing North Korean Sociocultural Norms to the Kim Family Bloodline, Doug’s thesis argues for the likelihood of Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, becoming North Korea’s next dictatress despite the state being a male dominant, Confucian society. Today, Douglas volunteers his time building houses for Habitat for Humanity and continues to reside in Beavercreek with his wife, Celeste, who remains active in the Air Force at Wright-Patterson. 


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