Katherine Bauer is the Blumenstein-Katz Family fellow at The
Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former U.S.
Treasury official who served as the department's financial attaché
in Jerusalem and the Gulf. She is also an adjunct associate
professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.
Bauer writes and speaks on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East,
the security and foreign policy implications of the use of sanctions
and economic statecraft, and counterterrorism. She has testified
before Congress on a range of counter-illicit finance issues and
has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs,
Foreign Policy and The Hill.
Before leaving the Treasury in late 2015, she served as senior
policy advisor for Iran in the Office of Terrorist Financing and
Financial Crimes (TFFC). During the two previous years, she was the financial attaché for the Gulf, representing the department in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Her prior roles with the Treasury include assistant director of TFFC; financial attaché in Jerusalem, with responsibility for policy, technical assistance, and sanctions matters in the West Bank and Gaza (2009-2011); and senior analyst focused on illicit financial networks (2006-2009).
Prior to working at the Treasury, Bauer was a nonproliferation graduate fellow at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. A graduate of Macalester College, she received her master's degree in Middle East studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Ms. Katherine Bauer
Blumenstein-Katz Family Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, United States
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