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Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in the Guardian on whether the UK will follow the US in ending support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen

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Fri, Feb 12, 2021

#24: Peg Sanctions Rollback To A Regional Deal

By: Kirsten Fontenrose What is the kernel of the issue? The US and Iran are already at an impasse on nuclear negotiations pursuant to the JCPOA, neither willing to make the first concession. Why is the issue important? Until such a deal is reached, neither Iran nor the US intend to take steps toward an […]

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Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in Vox on policy-making differences between Biden and Trump

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Politics & Diplomacy The Gulf

Kirsten Fontenrose is Director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council where she  leads the security pillar within the Middle East programs. This effort focuses on the Middle East and North Africa’s ongoing security challenges, geopolitical competition, and the transatlantic community’s role in promoting security and stability to allow for political and economic development.

Fontenrose has twenty years of experience working with the national security apparatuses of nations in the Middle East and Africa from positions within the US Department of Defense, Department of State, White House, private industry, and non-profit sector. She served as Senior Director for Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, leading the development of US policy toward nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Yemen, Egypt, and Jordan. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President for Global Relations at the Sonoran Policy Group.

Previously, Fontenrose led the Middle East and Africa team in the interagency Global Engagement Center, built relationships with military officers and diplomats from the Middle East and South Asia for the Near East Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, which she helped establish. Her career began in the non-profit sector at the National Council on US-Arab Relations, and in the private sector working on US-Arab business projects with Arthur Houghton Associates.

Fontenrose’s editorials have been published in The Washington Post and Al-Anba. She has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, BBC, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, NPR, and Voice of America and has been quoted in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. She holds a BA in Middle East studies from the College of William and Mary, an MA in Middle East studies from Indiana University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.