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Susan Braden

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women's Issues, State Department

Susan Braden is a senior policy advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. She has over 20 years of experience working for the U.S. government, the NGO community and the private sector on U.S. security issues, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe.

Before joining the consulting world, Ms. Braden served as Vice President for Analysis at Intellibridge Corporation, where she managed the organization’s analytical team in providing expert analysis on global political, economic and security issues to government and corporate clients.

Ms. Braden was Director of Central and Eastern Europe in the National Security Council from 1999 to 2001. Her responsibilities included facilitating the administration’s drive to add Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the NATO Alliance.

She also designed, coordinated and oversaw the implementation of the administration’s policy toward the countries in southeastern Europe during the war in Kosovo, including the creation of the Stability Pact.

In 2003, Ms. Braden received the prestigious Knight Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland for her efforts to improve U.S.-Polish relations and assist Poland’s entry into NATO.

She also previously worked as Director for Central Europe and Regional Director for Latin America in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ms. Braden holds an M. Phil in International Relations from Oxford University and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.

Articles by Susan Braden

Ending Burma's Isolation (Part II)

How much aid does the international community give to the people of Burma?

July 1, 2009

Ending Burma's Isolation (Part I)

What does Burma's international isolation mean for the daily lives of its people?

June 30, 2009

Ethiopia’s Green Famine

How can a country be in famine when its fields are watered and green?

November 14, 2008

Hillary Clinton Does Macedonia

Do First Ladies really need a seat in The Situation Room to either influence U.S. policy — or understand how it is made?

March 24, 2008

Oscar Looks Inward

Do the 2007 Oscar nominations present a skewed image of the United States?

February 22, 2008

The Humanitarian Disaster Called "Gaza"

What do recent events in Gaza tell us about the situation of the residents there?

February 8, 2008

Coming to Grips with the Iraq War’s Refugees

What is perhaps the most overlooked consequence of the Iraq war — and what can be done about it?

May 3, 2007

Leonardo, Diamonds and Child Soldiers (Part II)

Why have international efforts to end the use of child soldiers been futile?

March 13, 2007

Leonardo, Diamonds and Child Soldiers (Part I)

What have recent books and movies taught the world about the tragic fate of child soldiers?

March 12, 2007

Hollywood’s Global Crop

What does the current crop of Oscar-nominated movies say about Hollywood and globalization?

February 20, 2007

Getting Uganda Right (Part II)

What is the role of the International Criminal Court in Uganda's efforts to restore a lasting peace?

January 26, 2007

Getting Uganda Right (Part I)

How did Uganda's colonial experience set the stage for its current battle with poverty and corruption?

January 25, 2007

Quest for the Lost Ark, Part II

In spite of poverty and warfare, what makes Ethiopia an ideal travel destination?

December 28, 2006

Ethiopia’s Historic Trail: Quest for the Lost Ark

What does the tale of the Ark of the Covenant reveal about modern-day Ethiopia?

December 27, 2006

The New Director of the CIA: A Historic Perspective

To whom should new CIA Director Michael Hayden look to restore the agency's credibility?

May 29, 2006

Spielberg Vs. Bush: Movies and Assassinations

What can Steven Spielberg's movie "Munich" show the Bush Administration about targeted assassinations?

January 12, 2006