Daphne McCurdy most recently served as deputy country representative for the Syria program at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives, where she oversaw stabilization programming and served as co-chair of the essential services and governance civilian-military working group. Previously, she served as a countering violent extremism (CVE) specialist at the State Department. In that capacity, she developed best practices for CVE programming and helped advance the Obama administration’s CVE Summit Action Agenda. Prior to government, Ms. McCurdy headed the research program at the Project on Middle East Democracy, where she launched and served as editor of a policy brief series focused on political development in the Middle East and reported on elections in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco. Her analysis on the Middle East has been published in the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic, among others. A former Fulbright scholar in Turkey and a Truman National Security Project fellow, Ms. McCurdy holds an M.P.A from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a B.A. in international relations and economics from Tufts University.