Ruth Citrin

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

Biography

Ruth directs the conflict, stability, security and research practice with the UK Division of Chemonics International.

She is the former director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) Middle East and North Africa program, and provides expertise on national security decision making and US foreign policy towards the MENA region.

Ruth previously completed a career with the US government, serving most recently as Director for Syria and Lebanon with the White House National Security Council staff and as an Advisor on Syria policy with the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.

Prior to that she led US Department of State analysis on Levant issues, and managed Department of State survey research throughout the MENA region.

She holds a master’s degree and doctorate in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Past experience

2018 - present Director, Conflict, Stability, Security and Research practice, Chemonics UK
2017-18 Director, Middle East and North Africa programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
2016 Director, Syria, White House National Security Council
2014-15 Advisor, Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State
2012-14 Director, Syria, White House National Security Council
2000-12 Senior Near East Analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State