Diana Biya

Diana Biya is a Research Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI). She was born in Erbil and brought up and educated in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and International Relations from Loyola University Chicago. She pursued her Master of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Her MSc thesis titled “From Iraq to the United States: Justice, Human Rights, and Migration,” focused on the factors that affect the migration of minority communities in Iraq. She has experience in government and non-government organizations. Her research areas of focus are U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Syria, migration, and human rights.

Diana began her career as a Constituent Advocate at the Office of Senator John McCain. She evaluated and drafted correspondence to the constituents and was liaising and building effective partnerships with government authorities, national academic and research institutions, and ethnic community organizations in the State of Arizona. In addition, she spent time at the American Foreign Policy Council, think tank in Washington, DC, focusing on Middle East region.

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