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Nuancing National Security: Diplomacy’s Role in National Security

Nuancing National Security: Diplomacy’s Role in National Security

Date(s) - 09/01/2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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International Relations Council


Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm CDT.

Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Middle East & Africa at the USIP will be discussing the role of diplomacy.

About this event

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A central mandate of any national government is national security, but the responsibility involves much more than traditional military defense capabilities. Today, while balancing military and diplomacy priorities, national governments assess and combat threats in cyberspace and outer space, water supplies and power grids, food production and energy chains. In this six-part virtual series, the International Relations Council will take a deep dive into the national security arena, offering historical context and global perspective for core dimensions of national security and exploring the risks, priorities, and tactics on the radar of U.S. security policy.


About the Speaker

Mona Yacoubian’s work centers on conflict analysis and prevention in the Middle East, with a specific focus on Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. In 2019, she served as executive director of the Congressionally-appointed Syria Study Group, which USIP was mandated to facilitate. Additional research interests include violent extremism, fragility and resilience.

Yacoubian joined the U.S. Institute of Peace after serving as deputy assistant administrator in the Middle East Bureau at USAID from 2014 to 2017, where she had responsibility for Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Prior to joining USAID, Yacoubian was a senior advisor at the Stimson Center focusing on the Arab uprisings with an emphasis on Syria. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, she served as a special advisor on the Middle East at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where her work focused on Lebanon and Syria as well as broader issues related to democratization in the Arab world. From 1990 to 1998, Yacoubian served as the North Africa analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Yacoubian was a Fulbright scholar in Syria where she studied Arabic at the University of Damascus from 1985 to 1986. She has held an international affairs fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and is currently a CFR member. She Yacoubian earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s from Duke University.


Supporting Series Sponsor

Buttonwood Financial Group, LLC

Cyprienne Simchowitz & Jerry White


Nuancing National Security Series Schedule

All programs will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Wednesday, August 18: Biological and Agricultural Security

Wednesday, August 25: The 21st Century Military

Wednesday, September 1: Diplomacy’s Role in National Security

Monday, September 13: Transnational Security Issues

Monday, September 20: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Resilience

Monday, September 27: Energy Security


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