Frances Z. Brown is a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she researches stabilization, development, state-building, and governance in conflict-affected states. Brown arrived at Carnegie in September 2017 from the White House National Security Council (NSC) staff, where she served for eighteen months under both the Obama and Trump administrations. As Director for Democracy and Fragile States, she advised White House leadership and managed interagency policy processes on key political
transitions, post-conflict stabilization efforts, democratic institution building, and civilian support to counter-terrorism missions.

Prior to the NSC, Brown worked for five years at the U.S. Agency for International Development, managing conflict and political transition programs in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. Previous research roles include a year as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow; fellowships with Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the U.S. Institute of Peace; and her current PhD at Oxford, which examines U.S. state-building efforts in conflict zones. Other experience includes a year at the Kabul-based Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; two years in Beirut, Lebanon; consulting for the Quadrennial Defense Review; shorter project- management roles in Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Somalia, Mali, and Pakistan; and political risk forecasting. She has published field research projects on Afghanistan stabilization and subnational governance with the U.S. Institute of Peace, and shorter analyses in the American Interest, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.  She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Yale.

Sub-specialties: Afghanistan; Afghan governance; National Security Council; US Foreign Policymaking; White House processes; U.S. Government Interagency Processes; Counterinsurgency; Civilians in War Zones; US Agency for International Development; U.S. support to democracy; U.S. support to international development; State-building; Stabilization; Iraq stabilization; Syria stabilization; democratic institution-building; Sustainable Development Goal 16; Trump Administration National Security Council; Obama Administration National Security Council; Subnational Governance; Fragile States; Lebanon

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