Senior Research Fellow
Ms. Neyla Arnas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy. Ms. Arnas is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Bachelors’ degrees in Political Science and French. She also attended the Institute for European Studies at the University of Brussels, Belgium, the University of Rome, Italy, and the University of Liege, Belgium. She is fluent in Turkish, French, and Italian.
Most recently, Ms. Arnas was the Policy Program Director at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. She previously served at the U.S. Department of State as a Speechwriter and Public Affairs Officer to the Director General of the Foreign Service (2000-2004) and Special Advisor in the Bureau of European Affairs (1998-2000) where she focused on European security issues. She has received the Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Ms. Arnas worked in the U.S. Senate on Senator Robert C. Byrd’s appropriations staff (1996-1998).
She also was a senior international program analyst at the U.S. General Accounting Office (1989-1996) where she evaluated a range of foreign assistance and defense programs for the U.S. Congress. She was a major contributor to numerous reports and testimonies to Congress.
Ms. Arnas worked in Brussels, Belgium at the European Parliament and the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union (1985-1986).