Caitlin Dearing Scott

Director, Countering Foreign Authoritarian Influence and Strategy – Center for Global Impact

Caitlin Dearing Scott is the Director for Countering Foreign Authoritarian Influence (CFAI) and Strategy in IRI’s Center for Global Impact, where she supports Institute-wide strategic planning and knowledge management efforts and leads IRI’s global programming to bolster democratic resilience to growing authoritarian influence and interference from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Kremlin.

Caitlin joined IRI’s Middle East and North Africa division in 2018 as the Program Manager for Libya and Morocco, overseeing grants on local governance, community peacebuilding and local conflict mitigation, and women’s political participation, and leading the development of IRI’s country strategies for engagement in Libya and Morocco.

Prior to joining IRI, Caitlin served as the Senior Vice President of Research, Programs, and Policy at the Moroccan American Center, where she managed the Center’s research initiatives on politics and security in North Africa and US-Morocco relations. Caitlin holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in History and International Studies from the College of New Jersey. She is fluent in French.

Authored Content

Just Security

As China Promotes Authoritarian Model, the Resilience of Its Democratic Targets is Key

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is bolstering autocrats and undermining democracy across the globe, and its means run the gamut.

Democracy in Africa

Does China’s involvement in African elections and politics hurt democracy?

As African and Chinese leaders prepare to gather in Senegal for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China is promoting a narrative focused on economic partnership…

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