Jocelyn Trainer

Research Assistant, Energy, Economics, and Security Program

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Jocelyn Trainer is a Research Assistant for the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at CNAS. She analyzes developments and trends in sanctions policy and evasion tactics, cyber-enabled financial crime, and proliferation and terrorism financing, with a regional focus on the Korean Peninsula and sub-Saharan Africa. She also researches the nexus between climate change, energy, and national security. Lastly, Trainer leads research and writing for the CNAS Sanctions by the Numbers series.

She has prior work experience at the United States Institute of Peace, Council on Foreign Relations, and CRDF Global. Trainer was a 2022 Graduate Fellow with the United Nations Association with the National Capital Area.

Trainer holds an MA in security policy studies with a concentration in conflict resolution from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She received a BA in political science and a BA in Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. Her academic interest includes conflict resolution, countering violent extremism,, gender studies, global governance, and U.S. foreign policy.

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