Caroline is a native of Essex County, Massachusetts. She received a BA with honors in international relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a MA in international security policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Earlier in her career, Baxter worked in the Middle East and North Africa division of the National Democratic Institute. She twice organized and ran international election monitoring missions, first in the Palestinian Territories after Yasser Arafat’s death, and again in Mauritania after the 2005 coup. Baxter also organized campaign training schools for women running for parliament in Algeria.
For the past decade, Baxter worked as an analyst at the RAND Corporation where she focused on defense strategy and the operational and logistical challenges of warfare in the Indo-Pacific. Her work, from long-form reports to war games, informed the Joint Staff, U. Pacific Air Forces, US Army Pacific, and the Secretary of Defense. She was also detailed twice to the Department of Defense. Baxter came to EGF to tackle the foundational questions confronting US foreign policy today.
Baxter lives in Washington, DC with her husband and young son. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer, music is her life’s main passion. Baxter was the classical music columnist for the DCist once upon a time, and continues to run a well-respected music blog. These days, she enjoys singing in the choir of St. John’s Church in Georgetown, and trading new music finds with friends and family.