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Former USAID senior adviser Nicole Goldin joins CSIS to lead youth development project

Former senior adviser for policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Nicole Goldin has joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to help lead a new initiative on global youth wellness. 

“One of the principal driving forces of global security today is changing demographics,” said CSIS president and CEO John Hamre in a statement. “A youth bulge is simultaneously a security challenge and a tremendous development opportunity, as well as a major strategic issue for the United States going forward.” 

In partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and in conjunction with CSIS William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis Daniel Runde, Goldin will lead the Youth Prosperity and Security Initiative with the Global Youth Wellness Index as the project’s major output.  

The index will gather available data related to youth to assess and compare the state of young people’s development around the world and measure progress on key indicators including employment, education, health and civic engagement.

From September 2009 until December 2012, Goldin served as the senior adviser in the Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Prior to USAID, she was senior adviser to the undersecretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights at the State Department. 

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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