Lydia Khalil was an international affairs fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Khalil, a specialist in Middle East politics and international terrorism, has worked in the United States and abroad for the U.S. government, international organizations, private companies, and think tanks on a variety of international political and security issues. Khalil was recently appointed as a visiting fellow at MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Centre on Policing, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism. She is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute as part of the West Asia Program. Prior to her appointments in Sydney, Khalil was a counterterrorism analyst for the New York Police Department, focusing on international terrorism trends and terrorism cases in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Previously, she worked in Iraq as a policy adviser for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, where she worked closely with Iraqi politicians on political negotiations and constitutional drafting. Prior to her assignment in Iraq, she was appointed to the White House Office of Homeland Security as a White House intern.
Khalil holds a BA in international relations from Boston College and a MA in international security from Georgetown University. She has published extensively on issues relating to Middle East politics, terrorism, and other international security issues. She is also working on a forthcoming book on the Middle East. Lydia was born in Cairo, Egypt, and is a native Arabic speaker.