JENNIFER KOONS is a contributor for The Atlantic. She's a former foreign correspondent in the Middle East and a national security editor. 

She is currently writing her first book, STATESWOMEN, which revisits the tensions and the triumphs of modern American diplomacy through the eyes of female diplomats.

A Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, her reporting has focused on diplomacy, global security and the humanitarian implications of migration, political participation, corruption and women's health.

Previously, she wrote and oversaw coverage of global affairs, national security and intelligence issues for the Economist's CQ. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Salon, Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. 

She's an adjunct lecturer for Northwestern graduate students specializing in politics and national security and previously taught undergraduate journalism students at Northwestern's campus in Doha, Qatar.

Jen is based in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at

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Jennifer Koons is an international journalist based in Washington, D.C. who explores themes of struggle, privilege, dignity, tragedy and resilience in stories about geopolitical rights, global health and conflict.
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