Alexandra Schmitt is a senior policy analyst on the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. She is also a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Penn Kemble Forum 2020-21. Prior to joining American Progress, Schmitt served as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Center for Public Leadership, where she helped develop courses on multiparty negotiation analysis and public policy design and implementation. She previously worked at Human Rights Watch on U.S. foreign policy advocacy, focusing on atrocities prevention and the women, peace, and security agenda. She has also worked at Human Rights First, the United Nations Foundation, and the International Crisis Group. Schmitt earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College in Iowa.

By Alexandra Schmitt
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It’s time to get the Pentagon out of the business of administering U.S. foreign aidThe Washington PostMarch 11, 2021
A Plan To Reform U.S. Security AssistanceCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2021
No Time to Celebrate: Progressive Politics in the Pandemic’s WakeCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2020
Protecting Ethiopian Refugees — and Averting the Next CrisisJust SecurityDecember 9, 2020
A Rights-Centered Paradigm for Protecting the Forcibly DisplacedCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2020
Creating a Democratic Strategic Advantage InitiativeCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2020
What the Intelligence Community Doesn’t Know Is Hurting the United StatesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2020
Pompeo’s new commission undermines universal human rights — just as plannedThe Washington PostJuly 17, 2020
Protecting and Promoting Women’s Rights Is Key to Defeating the Coronavirus at Home and AbroadCenter for American ProgressMay 29, 2020
Foreign Aid is Critical to Stopping the CoronavirusThe National InterestMay 3, 2020
Human rights lessons of the pandemicThe HillApril 24, 2020
To Protect Against the Coronavirus Pandemic at Home, the U.S. Must Also Help Those Beyond Its BordersCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2020
A Migrant Model To Follow: Portugal’s Response to the CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2020
Politics Should Not Determine if Americans Receive Aid To Combat CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2020
The US Should Be Leading the Global Response to the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2020
Leveraging the State Department’s Human Rights Reports To Inform U.S. Foreign PolicyCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2020
Trump Is Failing to Lead on CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2020
The State of U.S. National Security Is Not Strong Under TrumpCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2020
President Trump’s Alarming Human Rights Agenda at Home and AbroadCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2019
5 Questions About the Commission on Unalienable RightsCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2019
Donald Trump’s Gift to KleptocratsCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2019