Naz Durakoglu

Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2015

Department of State

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Naz Durakoglu is the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She was previously Legislative Director for Rep. William R. Keating as well as the Minority Staff Director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. She has also served as the Minority Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and has worked on Capitol Hill on foreign affairs and defense policy since 2009. 

On the Subcommittee, Ms. Durakoglu’s work has focused on transatlantic energy, security and trade. From 2013 to 2014 she staffed the congressional investigation into the Boston Marathon Bombings and organized several congressional delegation visits to Russia and Boston, MA to conduct interviews with various security officials, journalists, and civil society representatives.

Ms. Durakoglu is fluent in Turkish and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe. Prior to working in the US House of Representatives, she served on the advance team of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President in 2008. 

Ms. Durakoglu received her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College.