US President Joe Biden nominates Christy Abizaid (Lebanese origin) to anti-terrorism leadership position

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US President Joe Biden nominates Christy Abizaid (Lebanese origin) to anti-terrorism leadership position

US President Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate 11 people to fill leadership positions in his administration in the field of national security and law enforcement, including a woman of Lebanese origin.

This came in a White House statement that Biden had nominated Christy Abizaid for the position of Director of the National Center for Combating Terrorism in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


Christine Abizaid spent nearly a decade as a counterterrorism intelligence officer at the Defence Intelligence Agency before transitioning to the National Security Council, first as a director for counterterrorism then as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.  

In 2014, she was appointed by the Secretary of Defence as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia.  Her last government posting was leading the Defence Innovation Unit’s newly established presence in Austin, Texas. 

 Abizaid joined Dell Technologies in 2017 and currently serves as an executive in its Global Operations organization.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.


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