Claire Downing

Claire Downing is a PhD student at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where she studies countering violent extremism policies and other systems of oppression. She currently works in a philanthropic role with Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities in the US on racial and social justice. Her prior work includes roles in international development/legal empowerment, anti-corruption and on the Hill. Downing has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University and a Master of Arts in International Affairs, with a concentration in conflict and conflict resolution, from the George Washington University. She is the 2019 human rights fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Tech Versus Human Rights

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine that your government could identify you and track your movements digitally, solely based on your physical appearance and perceived ethnicity or race. This is not the stuff of dystopian science fiction, but is happening now due to the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools. One of the most...

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

May 15, 2019

While the US continues to uphold many of the world’s standards in democratic leadership, in the area of family separation it has too much in common with some of the most brutal regimes. The US secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned her post in April this year under a...