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Elisa Catalano Ewers

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Arts in Global Policy

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


Elisa Catalano Ewers is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at CNAS, and an expert on U.S. national security and foreign policy, with a focus on the U.S-Middle East policy across the range of security and political issues. Her commentary has appeared in such outlets as The Washington Post, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, CNN, The National Interest, and XM Radio.

She served in both the Obama and Bush administrations, in senior positions such as Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council; Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Chief of Staff to the Secretary’s Special Representatives for Iraq and for South West Asia; Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs; and as a civilian advisor embedded with Department of Defense and military strategy planning teams including in Iraq. Prior to government service, she worked for seven years in the private sector at such firms as Booz Allen Hamilton and Wellington Management Company.