Daphne McCurdy

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Daphne McCurdy is a Senior Associate in the International Security Program at CSIS. She is also a board member of Rhize, a non-profit dedicated to supporting social movements around the world, and a Truman National Security Project fellow.

Ms. McCurdy recently returned from over two years in Turkey where she oversaw USAID/OTI stabilization programming to Syria and served as co-chair of the essential services and governance civilian-military working group. Previously, she worked as a countering violent extremism (CVE) specialist at the State Department. In that capacity, she developed best practices for CVE programming and helped advance the Obama administration’s CVE Summit Action Agenda. She has also worked for the Project on Middle East Democracy, the United Nations, and the National Endowment for Democracy’s core institutes.

Her analysis on the Middle East has been published in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and War on the Rocks, among others. A former Fulbright scholar in Turkey, Daphne holds an M.P.A from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a B.A. in international relations and economics from Tufts University.

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