Ken Sofer is the Associate Director for National Security and International Policy at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. policy in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific. In his three years at American Progress, Ken has authored 35 public policy papers; organized senior delegations to China, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Israel; and conducted original field research on the civil war in Syria. His work has been cited in The Washington Post, BBC World, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera. Ken is a native of Hermosa Beach, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California, where he studied political science and international relations with a focus on U.S. foreign policy. He studied Arabic and Middle East politics in both Cairo, Egypt, and Amman, Jordan. Ken previously completed internships at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus. Prior to joining American Progress, Ken worked on foreign affairs and defense issues as an intern with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).