Claire Downing

Claire Downing is the YPFP Human Rights Fellow and is a current PhD student at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Claire currently serves as Program Associate at the RISE Together Fund, a Proteus Fund initiative, where she helps support a diverse field of organizations working to address profiling, discrimination, hate crimes, anti-Muslim bigotry and xenophobia through capacity building measures in Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities in the U.S. Prior to this role, Claire worked in international development/legal empowerment and finance, banking, and government contracting, and interned at a watchdog NGO and on the Hill for Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Claire has a bachelor of arts in Global Affairs (summa cum laude) from George Mason University, and a master of arts in International Affairs, concentration in Conflict and Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University.

The Afghan Diaspora and Peace Talks: Diverse Perspectives and Grassroots Action Are Key

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Lasting peace can only come after all stakeholders get a place at the negotiating table.

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