Michelle Warren, SIS/MA '09 (Europe)
Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR)
"I work on nonproliferation, arms control, and political-military affairs for the European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau. Currently, I focus on U.S.-Turkey security cooperation, nonproliferation and disarmament programs in Ukraine, and Iran sanctions policy and implementation. I work regularly with colleagues in the International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau, as well as interagency colleagues at the Departments of Defense, Energy, Treasury and Commerce. I also communicate with our Embassies in Europe and Eurasia to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to U.S. foreign policy in the region. In addition, I completed two Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) rotations -- one as the Human Rights Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine from May-September 2010 and another as the Foreign Policy Fellow for Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. from April-September 2011.
"The CRS program prepared me well for my current position by providing a solid foundation in comparative politics and political economy. Working in an office where I cover more than thirty countries in Europe and Eurasia, this comparative approach gave me the skills to be able to quickly analyze and assess regional trends and differences, which I can then use to help inform U.S. foreign policy in the region. Moreover, my experience studying abroad at Sciences Po Paris provided a unique insight into the French and EU perspective on a range of policy issues including immigration, counterterrorism, and human rights -- which often intersect with security-related concerns. I will forever value the relationships I forged both in Washington and Paris, and I truly appreciate the flexible program that a CRS degree offers for the future foreign policymaker."