Amy Elise Brister

Amy Elise Brister is an associate with SECURUS Strategic Trade Solutions, LLC. Ms. Brister specializes in strategic trade control and foreign trade regulations in East and Southeast Asia, the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Ms. Brister also has expertise in the study of illicit trafficking in military and dual-use commodities in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Ms. Brister has evaluated and provided recommendations to governments on trade regulations, border security, and criminal enforcement of foreign trade laws in the MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast and East Asia, and Eastern Europe. She also has conducted an extensive review of foreign trade regulations in Japan.

Ms. Brister has participated in international affairs for five years. She has presented project proposals to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas/Fort Worth and has written numerous sample reports for potential U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects. Her capstone thesis, which was presented to the Texas A&M Center on Conflict and Development, part of the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network, focused on perceptions of Syrian refugees. During college, Ms. Brister participated in the Midwest Model United Nations and was a founding member of the Midwestern State University Model United Nations team.

Ms. Brister has a master’s degree in international affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Midwestern State University in Texas.