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Kelly Magsamen

Kelly Magsamen is the Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Previously, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and also performed the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense, where she was responsible for defense and security policy for all of Asia and served as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense. Prior to her tenure at the Pentagon, Magsamen served on the National Security Council staff for two presidents and four national security advisers in several roles, including special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning from 2012 to 2014, senior adviser for Middle East reform, and as director for Iran from 2008 to 2011. Magsamen started her government career at the Department of State, where she worked on Iraq policy from 2005 to 2007 and served as special assistant and chief of staff to the counselor from 2007 to 2008. She holds degrees from American University and from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.