Emily Burchfield is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs, where she manages a wide range of projects aimed at promoting peace and security through scholarship and engagement. Her research focuses primarily on the conflict in Syria, its regional implications, and its impact on US foreign policy. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Middle East Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Previously a program assistant at the Atlantic Council, she also has experience as a researcher focused on political, security, and humanitarian developments in Iraq, and working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in both Jordan and the United States.