Jacqueline Lopour joined CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program in 2015, where she researches issues relating to global refugee policy, US political developments, and international security challenges and conflicts in South Asia and the Middle East.
Prior to joining CIGI, she spent 10 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. A leading U.S. Government expert in her field, she wrote more than 100 classified papers for two U.S. Presidents and their cabinets, regularly briefed senior U.S. officials, and met with global leaders and heads of state.
As a leadership and political analyst at CIA, Jacqueline focused on South Asia’s political situation and civil-military dynamics, as well as U.S.-South Asia relations. She also covered developments in the Middle East. She has lived and traveled extensively across the globe, including multiple postings and a tour in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. She took several rotational assignments across the U.S. Government, including at the State Department, Department of Defense, and the National Counterterrorism Center, where she served a counterterrorism analyst following various terrorist organizations.
Jacqueline holds a B.A. with Honors in English Literature and History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has appeared as a commentator on CBC and CTV News, and her work has been published by Reuters, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Foreign Policy, OpenCanada, and other domestic and international news outlets.