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Lydia Khalil
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Lydia Khalil has worked at home and abroad for the U.S. government, international organizations, private companies and think tanks on a variety of international political and security issues. She specializes in Middle East politics and international terrorism. Lydia was recently appointed as an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a lecturer at MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia for the Centre on Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism. She is also a non resident fellow at the Lowy Institute as part of the West Asia Program focusing on the Middle East. Prior to her appointments in Sydney, Lydia was a counterterrorism analyst for the New York Police Department focusing on international terrorism trends and terrorism cases in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Previously, Lydia worked in Iraq as a policy advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad where she worked closely with Iraqi politicians on political negotiations and constitutional drafting. Prior to her assignment in Iraq, she was appointed to the White House Office of Homeland Security as a graduate fellow. She is also a senior policy associate to the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) which examines and advocates the development of genuine democracies in the Middle East. Ms Khalil holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston College and a Masters in International Security from Georgetown University. She has published extensively on issues relating to Middle East politics, terrorism and insurgency. Her current research involves extracting lessons learned for fighting insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq. And she is also working on a book examining the challenges facing this current generation of Middle East youth and how the solutions they come up with transform the region. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and is a native Arabic speaker.

Blog Entries by Lydia Khalil

Another Homegrown Terrorism Case

Posted October 29, 2009 | 15:24:45 (EST)

So what's with all the terrorism related arrests lately? The recent shootout with FBI agents and a radical Detroit imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah and the arrest of seven of his followers makes this the sixth case, that we know of, this year.

How are we to understand the seeming explosion...

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Iran's Unresolved Revolution

Posted July 17, 2009 | 14:18:46 (EST)

After Iran's protest's last month we've heard precious little from the protestors. Have they run out of steam? Have they been defeated by the efficient crackdown? We shouldn't dismiss the movement just yet. As I argued in a recent op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor:

The events we are...
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Change the Tone Towards Iraq

Posted April 13, 2009 | 15:37:29 (EST)

During President Obama's whirlwind tour of Europe, the president did what he did best - empathize and listen, all the while deliberately and patiently pursuing his interests.
But the tone taken with European leaders did not carry over to his surprise stop over in Iraq. His chidings to...

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Hope as a Counterterrorism Policy?

Posted February 25, 2009 | 17:10:19 (EST)

Hope as a Counterterrorism Strategy?
Lydia Khalil

After the historic presidential elections in the United States, messages poured in from around the world congratulating the American people on their transformative new President. One of the voices in the chorus was that of Abu Omar al Baghdadi, also...

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