Allison
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Managing Director, National Security and International Policy

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Allison McManus is a managing director for the National Security and International Policy department at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she was the managing director at the Freedom Initiative, where she advocated for political prisoners in the Middle East and North Africa. She also served as the research director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy from 2014 to 2019. She holds a Master of Arts in global and international studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. McManus is trained in trauma-sensitive approaches to yoga, meditation, and breathwork, and leads weekly classes at Yoga District in Washington, D.C.

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Congress Must Provide Funding and Protect Oversight To Meet Global Security and Humanitarian Needs Article
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Congress Must Provide Funding and Protect Oversight To Meet Global Security and Humanitarian Needs

Recent bipartisan Senate legislation provides security and humanitarian assistance in critical areas—Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, and the Indo-Pacific—but Congress must ensure more oversight so that the funds are used according to U.S. law and policy.

These Fossil Fuel Industry Tactics Are Fueling Democratic Backsliding Article
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These Fossil Fuel Industry Tactics Are Fueling Democratic Backsliding

As citizens around the world increasingly favor serious policy action to fight climate change, the fossil fuel industry is undermining democratic principles to stem the tide of climate action—spreading misinformation and obstructing elected governments’ climate efforts, promoting anti-democratic movements and candidates, and even undermining democratic rights.

Assessing Risk and Reward in the Saudi Megadeal Article
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Assessing Risk and Reward in the Saudi Megadeal

Negotiations around a “megadeal” for Saudi Arabia’s normalization with Israel should ensure the deal advances, rather than undermines, regional stability and prosperity.

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