Yaara Barnoon

Ya’ara Barnoon

Associate Program Director

Ya’ara Barnoon has for the past fifteen years worked on issues at the intersection of national security and human rights. She comes to us from the Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations Group at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, where she managed complex international anti-corruption and national security investigations and compliance processes, and was seconded to a top-three aerospace and defense company. Ms. Barnoon has worked on a number of political campaigns, including on voter protection and cybersecurity policy matters. She previously held research positions at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, the Institute for National Security Studies (Jaffee Center) in Israel, and UNHCR in Turkey. Ms. Barnoon has served as an adjunct professor in International Relations at the United States Naval Academy and is a 2015  Truman National Security Project Fellow. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA (Hons) in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she received the 2005 Nisbet Prize in International Relations.