Margot van Loon joined the American Foreign Policy Council as a Junior Fellow in January 2018, where her areas of expertise include international security and defense strategy, particularly in the realms of U.S.-Russia relations and arms control. As a 2018 Rosenthal Fellow, Margot most recently worked on cooperative threat reduction and transnational issues in the policy office for countering weapons of mass destruction at the Department of Defense. Previously, she was the senior editor for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Born and raised in Colorado, she holds an MPP (International and Global Affairs) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and graduated summa cum laude from American University with a B.A. in International Studies and is proficient in Russian and Spanish. Her previous work with AFPC included management of AFPC publications and research on militant movements and foreign and defense policy. Her commentary has appeared in U.S. News and World Report and the World Almanac of Islamism.