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Kelly Magsamen

Adjunct Lecturer | Global Policy Program


Ms. Magsamen, a 2005 graduate of SAIS, served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs with responsibility for defense and security policy in the Asia and Pacific region from February 2014 to January 2017. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Ms. Magsamen served on the National Security Council staff in various positions, including Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning from 2012-2014, Director and Senior Advisor for Middle East Reform in the wake of the Arab Spring (2011-2012), and Director for Iran (2008-2011).
Spring 2017