Alia Awadallah is a Middle East analyst and MA student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS), where she concentrates in Strategic Studies. Prior to attending SAIS, Alia worked as research associate for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. In this role, she traveled frequently to the Middle East to research and author reports on security and counterterrorism in the region. Alia holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in Middle East studies from Kent State University and is a native Arabic speaker. Her work has been published by Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Hill, and the Center for American Progress.