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Ciara Knudsen
Staff Member
Policy Planning Staff
Term of Appointment: 07/2014 to present

Ciara Knudsen covers conflict and stabilization operations, fragile states, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), and budget issues on the Policy Planning Staff.  She previously worked for the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, was deployed to Afghanistan for civilian-military campaign planning, and served as Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council Staff.  She has a BA degree from Brown University and the University of Zimbabwe, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. 


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