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Jennifer Koons oversees CQ.com’s defense coverage, including the Pentagon, foreign policy and homeland security. She has a background in national security law and foreign policy issues, including continued fallout on the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS. In May 2014 she returned from Niger, where, as a recipient of a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant, she investigated the root causes that have allowed Boko Haram and like-minded extremist groups to thrive in the region. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, GlobalPost, Salon and Huffington Post. Koons previously lived in Doha, Qatar.

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