4 Syrians, including three women, are candidates to lead US foreign policy and national security

The New America Center revealed that it has included four Syrians, including three women, to the list of young leaders, who will be future leaders in the US foreign policy and national security sectors, in the event that the Democratic Party takes over running the country, according to media sources.

Nadia al Farra: holds a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on international development from “New York University”, and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a minor in Arabic language from the University of the state of Georgia.

She started her work in 2011 at the United States Agency for International Development and is currently holding a high-ranking official position in the Syria Division of the Middle East Office of the US State Department for more than 5 years.

Adham Sahloul: He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher Center, worked as a foreign policy advisor for the presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg 2020, and is currently working as a consultant in diplomacy – technology – international relations at Accentor.

He is the founder of the “Syrian American Progress Network” that supports the emergence and visibility of Syrians in the field of public policy.

Jumana Kaddour: who originally from Homs, Syria, lived and grew up in the United States, and holds a BA in Human Biology and International Sciences from the University of “Kansas”.

She also studied law, and graduated with a doctorate in legal sciences from the College of Law at the same university, and she is a doctoral student in law at Georgetown University.

In 2011, Jumana co-founded the “Syria Foundation for Relief and Development”, and until July 2018, she was a senior policy analyst at the American Committee for International Religious Freedom, and in 2019 she held the position of National Security Fellow for the Next Generation at the Center for “New American Security”, in addition to a National Security Fellow.

Diana al Rayyes: She is a PhD student in International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and specializes in the impact of conflict and displacement on the health of refugees and migrants at the Arizona State University.

She previously worked with the World Health Organization, the Syrian American Medical Association, and the Institute for Immigration Policies, as well as with the European Union.

She has published widely on human health trends in Syria in peer-reviewed journals, including the British Medical Journal, PLOS Medicine, and the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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