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John Dickas
International security professional
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Paris, France

Paris

I've spent fifteen years in the international relations and international security field, and eleven of them with the senior senator from Oregon on the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

During my government service I traveled to over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, where I met with US and foreign government officials to address local and international security issues.  

Throughout my tenure in the Senate I had the opportunity to develop and negotiate significant pieces of legislation, including major reforms to US surveillance laws. I was also able to work on a wide range of national security policy initiatives, including several to increase transparency and reduce excessive secrecy. 

I served on two major congressional investigations - one pertaining to the Iraq war and the other on the use of torture by the CIA - as well as a number of shorter investigations and oversight efforts.

In 2016 and 2017, I worked in the State Department's Office of Security and Human Rights. In that appointment I engaged with other parts of the US government - including the White House, the Department of Defense and US intelligence agencies - and foreign partners to ensure that discussions on counterterrorism and national security policy took US human rights priorities into account.