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Experiences abroad; career path; and the work of the Department of State

Posted: September 20, 2012

Interested in International Affairs? Looking for advice on the best career path for international opportunities? Wondering what it is like working in foreign service for the federal government? Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:00 – 5:00 pm 103 Bank of America Career Services Center

Ms. Jaz Azari is a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department's South and Central Asia Bureau working on the Sri Lanka and Maldives portfolio.  Prior to that assignment, Ms. Azari spent a year with the East Asia and Pacific Bureau’s Taiwan Coordination Desk. From 2006-2007, she was a Research Analyst at the US Marine Corps’ Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL), followed in 2009 with a tour embedded with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Diyala, Iraq as a Social Scientist for the Human Terrain System. In 2009, Ms. Azari joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In her first assignment from 2010-2011, Ms. Azari was the Staff Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya. She has published articles on the topics of “propaganda of the deed,” cultural stress and the military, and the interagency “3D” (diplomacy, development, and defense) process. She received two B.A.s in International Relations and German Studies from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State and an M.A. in War Studies from Kings College London. She speaks German and Kiswahili.