Rachel Smith-Levy is the 2018-2019 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Foreign Service Fellow at SIPA.  She has been a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State since 2005. Rachel was most recently the "Syria Watcher" at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, where she focused on opposition areas of southern Syria, helping negotiate a de-escalation agreement there and serving as the U.S. representative to a ceasefire monitoring center.  From 2012 to 2014, she was the Qatar Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State in Washington. Previously, Rachel was a staff assistant in the Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.  She has also served at the U.S. embassies in Prague and Tel Aviv.   Rachel received a bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and a master's degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University.  She speaks Arabic, Czech, and Hebrew.