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Dana Stroul

Shelly and Michael Kassen Fellow

Dana Stroul is the Shelly and Michael Kassen Fellow in The Washington Institute's Beth and David Geduld Program on Arab Politics.

Areas of Expertise

Egypt, Iraq, Arab and Islamic Politics, Democracy and Reform, Military and Security, U.S. Policy

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Biography

Dana Stroul is the Shelly and Michael Kassen Fellow in The Washington Institute's Beth and David Geduld Program on Arab Politics. She previously served for five years as a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she covered the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. In that capacity, she played a central role in the oversight of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which included overseeing U.S. foreign assistance and weapons sales, as well as crafting relevant legislation.

In 2019, Stroul served as co-chair, alongside her Washington Institute colleague Michael Sing, of the bipartisan Syria Study Group, which released its final report on U.S. policy toward the conflict in Syria in September.

Before working on Capitol Hill, Stroul served in the Middle East policy office of the Secretary of Defense. From 2008 to 2013, she focused on a range of topics including U.S.-Egypt relations, the U.S. military drawdown in Iraq,  and a review of  U.S. government  policies and programs in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. In addition, Stroul also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on economic-political affairs, at the U.S. Institute of Peace on civilian-military relations in Iraq, and at the National Democratic Institute on Gulf Affairs. 

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Education

M.S., Georgetown University; B.A., University of Virginia.

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Most Recent Analysis

Erdogan in Washington: Setting the Agenda for a Pivotal Visit

November 7, 2019

Withdrawal of Troops Must Not End U.S. Involvement with Syria

October 24, 2019

Syria Study Group: Recommendations for U.S. Policy

October 16, 2019

Trump’s Troop Withdrawal Gives Turkey Access to Syria—and ISIS Space to Rebuild

October 8, 2019

Syria Study Group 2019:

Final Report and Recommendations

September 24, 2019

The Flaw in Trump’s Maximum Pressure Campaign Toward Iran

August 29, 2019

The Face-Off Over Gulf Arms Sales: ‘Emergency’ or False Alarm?

June 10, 2019

The Khashoggi Showdown: Executive-Congressional Dynamics and the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

February 19, 2019

Reports from Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Capitol Hill

Middle East Policy Forecast for 2019

February 4, 2019

Here’s Why U.S. Aid to Palestinians Needs to Continue

January 31, 2019

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Selected Outside Publications

Syria Study Group Final Report (USIP, 2019)

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