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Xenia Dormandy
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Xenia Dormandy is the Programme Director of the US Project and the Acting Dean of the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of the PeaceNexus Foundation, based just outside Geneva, which she launched in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Xenia was at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where she was the Director of the Project on India and the Subcontinent and the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center, as well as being a member of the Center’s board.

From early 2004 to August 2005, Xenia served as Director for South Asia at the USG's National Security Council (NSC). Prior to her NSC post, Xenia served as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Bureau of South Asia at the Department of State. Her major portfolios included counterterrorism, nonproliferation, Kashmir, and other law enforcement topics. During her tenure at the Department of State, Xenia was also a Special Advisor at the Homeland Security Group, and an officer in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Shortly after September 11, 2001, she was detailed from the Department of State to the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to help launch the Office of Homeland Security Affairs.

Xenia is the author of numerous articles and opeds in publications such as The Washington Quarterly, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune, and she has been interviewed on radio and television for such programs as the BBC World TV, NPR, CSPAN, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera and the Jim Lehrer News Hour.

Prior to her government service, Xenia worked in the nonprofit and private sectors in California, Israel and the West Bank, and the U.K., and for UNICEF in New York. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government where she completed her Masters in Public Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University.

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America Is in Transition -- and So Is Its Foreign Policy

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 5:23 PM

America is changing. So too is the rest of the world. But will America's internal changes carry broader implications for its role in the world, the influence and power it wields, and the foreign policy choices it makes?

While proving causality would be difficult, commonsense logic might suggest that...

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The Alternate Narrative: Hope, Transformation, Possibility

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 10:29 AM

In Islamabad in late December, I was introduced to a new vision of Pakistan, one that diverges wildly from that typically presented by the West, including myself. It is a strong image, but like a photo removed from the developing fluid too early, it leaves an indistinct impression that is...

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Why Americans Should Care That Obama Is Preferred Abroad

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 6:20 PM

International polling shows that with the exception of Pakistan, which splits 14 percent for Governor Romney to 11 percent for President Obama, the rest of the polled world would strongly prefer a second Obama term.

However, it is possible that this enthusiasm may be one of the very...

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Making Sense of the Debt Ceiling Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 7:00 PM

For months now, Washington and the world's financial markets have been focused on whether and how the American debt ceiling crisis can be resolved. The debate today is not principally over the economics - all but a very few believe that America needs to get hold of its spending and...

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Pakistan Elections Analysis: Free and Fair?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2008 | 1:48 PM

PAKISTAN--If you follow events over the past months, the general consensus is that the election process has been neither free nor fair. Neither the judiciary nor the Election Commission was independent. The interim government certainly wasn't. The media was hobbled. The state of emergency called by President Musharraf just months...

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Pakistan Update and Analysis: Will the Attacks Prevent Elections?

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2008 | 1:18 PM

Tensions in Pakistan have been high for months. Not just in terms of the political battles through the presidential and parliamentary election process, but militant attacks too, with more than 40 suicide attacks last year. Approximately 140 were killed during Benazir Bhutto's arrival procession on October 18. And then on...

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