Heba Malik is a research assistant for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Atlantic Council. Malik also worked with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. State Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and creative writing from the University of Michigan. When not at work, you can find her reading, swimming, or on the dance floor.