As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011). Her most recent study, “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” was published in May 2012. She is currently working on a follow-up report on U.S.–Iranian competitive strategies in the Middle East, to be published in the summer of 2013.
Senior Professional Staff Member for Near East and South Asia, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, 1992-2002
Staff Writer, Insight Magazine, 1987-92
Editorial Assistant, Los Angeles Times and Reuters, Jerusalem, 1984-85
M.A., School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
As the conflict within Syria continues to rage, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops, backed by Hezbollah fighters, have recaptured the strategic town of al-Qusayr. Thousands of innocents have died, and reports suggest that Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people – the supposed “red...
AEI scholars Danielle Pletka, Marc Thiessen, and Jonah Goldberg will discuss the scandals plaguing the White House and consider likely implications. We invite you to tune in to their Google hangout conversation.
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