Elizabeth Dent was previously a non-resident scholar with the Middle East Institute’s Countering Terrorism and Extremism program. Prior to that, she served as the Special Assistant to the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, supporting diplomatic engagements with coalition countries and working with local partners on the ground in Iraq and Syria to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. Elizabeth worked on ISIS at the Department of State starting in 2014, where she helped coordinate and implement the counter-ISIS messaging strategy, and later covered ISIS in North Africa for the coalition office. She began her career at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, where she provided policy guidance and support to bureau leadership regarding best security, strategic, and operational practices.
Elizabeth received her M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies from Miami University.
Issues of Expertise:
Counterterrorism, U.S. foreign policy