Jessica Schwed

Former Research Contractor, Middle East Security Program

Jessica Schwed is a former Research Contractor for the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Prior to joining CNAS, Jessica was heavily involved with issues related to refugees, immigration, and mass migration and worked on developing constructive and creative solutions in her work at the non-profit Conversations Unbound. In addition to her work in the United States, Jessica has also spent time in Greece, working with refugees, and Germany, performing research on asylum and integration procedures. Her current research interests include the impact of forced migration on the stability of the Middle East and the effect of U.S. foreign policy on these nationals.

She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in History and Politics of the Middle East, and minors in French and Francophone Studies and Arabic. While a student, she participated in a study-abroad program based in Rabat, Morocco where she engaged with professors, experts, and students about human rights issues.

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