Siena Cicarelli

Research and Program Associate


Siena Cicarelli

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Siena Cicarelli is a research and program associate for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she worked for the National Democratic Institute on their Central and Eastern Europe team, where she focused on strengthening political parties in the Western Balkans. She previously interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of European Affairs.

Cicarelli holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a focus on the intersection of foreign policy and national security from American University. She is originally from Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Latest by Siena Cicarelli

The Case for EU Defense Report

The Case for EU Defense

U.S. opposition to EU defense efforts since the 1990s has been a strategic mistake that has undermined both the EU and NATO. It’s time for a new U.S. approach that encourages ambitious EU defense strategies.

Max Bergmann, James Lamond, Siena Cicarelli

Open a bank In the News

Open a bank

Max Bergmann and Siena Cicarelli explain how creating a bank could resolve NATO's inability to adequately finance defense.

Max Bergmann, Siena Cicarelli

Any Kosovo-Serbia Deal Needs the European Union Article
Miroslav Lajcak, the EU special representative for the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue, left, and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci chat following their meeting in Pristina, Kosovo, on June 16, 2020. (Getty/Armend Nimani/AFP)

Any Kosovo-Serbia Deal Needs the European Union

Upcoming Kosovo-Serbia talks at the White House raise concerns that by cutting out the European Union, the Trump administration may sacrifice the region’s long-term stability for a political win.

Siena Cicarelli, Max Bergmann, James Lamond