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Alia  Awadallah  is  a  Middle East analyst and second-year MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she concentrates in Strategic Studies. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins SAIS, Alia worked as research  associate  for  National  Security  and  International  Policy  at  American  Progress. In this role,  she  conducted research and authored reports on  security  and  counterterrorism  in  the  Middle  East. She previously  worked  on  the  Human  Rights  team  at  Vital  Voices  Global  Partnership and as a field organizer in Ohio during the Obama 2012 presidential campaign. Alia  holds  a  Bachelor  of  Arts  in  political  science  with  a  concentration  in  Middle  East  Studies  from  Kent  State  University and is a native Arabic speaker.  


Alia Awadallah, “Can’t Buy Mohammed bin Salman Love,” Foreign Policy, July 2019.

Alia Awadallah, “The Case for U.S. Support of Lebanon,” The National Interest, March 2018.

Brian Katulis and Alia Awadallah, “The United States should listen to Jordan on the Jerusalem decision,” The Hill, February 2018.

Hardin Lang, William Wechsler, and Alia Awadallah, “The Future of U.S.-Jordanian Counterterrorism Cooperation,” Center for American Progress, November 2017.

Alia Awadallah, Hardin Lang, and Kristy Densmore, “Losing the War of Ideas: Countering Violent Extremism in the Age of Trump,” Center for American Progress, August 2017.

Hardin Lang and Alia Awadallah, “Playing the Long Game: U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance for Lebanon,” Center for American Progress, August 2017.

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