Heather Malacaria served as the program manager for Critical Threats. Prior to joining the project, she was an intern for AEI Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy, Danielle Pletka, where she researched US competitive strategies in the Middle East and Iran’s extending influence in the region. Heather graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in International Studies. During her undergraduate career, Heather studied history and Arabic at the American University in Cairo.