Research Fellow at Lowy Institute, Director of Arcana Partners
Lydia Khalil is a Research Fellow in the West Asia Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney Australia and director of Arcana Partners, a research and risk advisory firm. She has a broad range of policy, academic and private sector experience, and has spent her career focusing on the intersection between governance and security — whether it be understanding the rationales behind terrorism and counterinsurgency, how to create governance systems that lead to functioning societies, effective policing strategies or the security and policy effects of new technology.
Lydia’s has held positions at the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Department of Defense, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a number of research and adjunct teaching positions at university Prior to moving to Australia, she was a senior policy advisor to the Boston Police Department, working on countering violent extremism, intelligence and counterterrorism, and community policing strategies. She has also worked as a senior counterterrorism and intelligence analyst for the New York Police Department.
Lydia is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker and has published widely on her areas of expertise. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston College and a Master’s in International Security from Georgetown University.