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Olivia Leiwant is the Coordinator for the Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy (DETS) program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In this role, she manages the DETS program’s research, events programming, and operations. Olivia also facilitates the Harvard Kennedy School’s National Security Fellowship. Her research interests include the future of European security, democratic resilience, transatlantic cooperation, and the nexus of national security and emerging technologies. 

Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Olivia worked on democracy and governance programming at the National Democratic Institute, covering the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Turkey. Olivia also worked at the Brookings Institution for Ambassador (ret.) Norman Eisen, at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and in the 115th United States Congress.

Olivia holds a B.A. in International Affairs with honors from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

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