Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
Xenia Wickett

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Xenia Wickett is the head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House and the dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. As of 2016, she also serves as a commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.

Prior to Chatham House, Xenia was the executive director of the PeaceNexus Foundation and director of the project on India and the Subcontinent and executive director for research at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.

Xenia served as director for South Asia at the USG's National Security Council, where she was special adviser at the Homeland Security Group, and an office in the Bureau of Nonproliferation.

Shortly after 11 September 2001, she was detailed from the Department of State to the Office of the Vice President to help launch the Office of Homeland Security Affairs.

Xenia is the author of numerous articles and opeds in publications such as the Washington Quarterly, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune.

She has been interviewed on networks including the BBC, NPR, CSPAN, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera and the Jim Lehrer News Hour.

Areas of expertise

  • US foreign policy
  • America's role in the world
  • Geopolitics in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal)
  • US policy towards South Asia

Past experience

2009 - 2011Executive Director, PeaceNexus Foundation
2005 - 2009Executive Director for Research, Director for the Project on India and South Asia, Member of the Board, Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
2004 - 2005Director for South Asia, US National Security Council
2001 - 2004Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of South Asia and the Bureau of Nonproliferation, US State Department. Office of the Vice President, Office of Homeland Security
1999 - 2001Masters in Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School
1997 - 1999Program Officer, Direct Relief International
1995 - 1997Consultant, The Kalchas Group
1992 - 1995BA, Oxford University