Arnas, Neyla

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research


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Areas of Expertise: Women, Peace, and Security; Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing); Future Strategic Concepts; Europe & NATO

Ms. Neyla Arnas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research where she leads research on Women, Peace, and Security (implementation of UNSCR 1325) and advocates for its inclusion in PME. Her research also focuses on emerging technologies and their national security implications (Toward the Printed World: Additive Manufacturing and Implications for National Security). She has worked on a number of projects on foresight, one of which resulted in a book she edited and co-authored, Fighting Chance: Global Trends and Shocks in the National Security Environment.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Arnas was the Policy Program Director at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (2004), and before coming to NDU, she was a Speechwriter and Public Affairs Officer to the Director General of the Foreign Service (2000-2004) and Special Advisor in the Bureau of European Affairs (1998-2000) at the U.S. Department of State. While at the Department of State, she focused on European security issues and received the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Ms. Arnas has worked in the U.S. Senate on Senator Robert C. Byrd’s appropriations staff (1996-1998). She also was a senior international program analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. and Frankfurt, Germany (1989-1996). While at GAO, she evaluated a range of foreign assistance and defense programs for the U.S. Congress and was a major contributor to numerous reports and testimonies to Congress.

Finally, Ms. Arnas’ work extends outside her experiences in the executive and congressional branches of the federal government. Early on in her career, she worked in Brussels, Belgium at the European Parliament and the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union.

Ms. Arnas is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Bachelors’ degrees in Political Science and French. She also attended the Institute for European Studies at the University of Brussels, Belgium, the University of Rome, Italy, and the University of Liege, Belgium. She is fluent in Turkish, French, and Italian.

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