Claire Brunel, research assistant at the Peterson Institute for International Economics 2007–09, is a trade policy attaché at the French Embassy. While at the Institute, Brunel focused on trade issues, particularly regarding North Africa, North America, and the European Union. Before joining the Institute, she worked at the European Commission in the Economics and Financial Affairs DG, for BNP Paribas in macroeconomic studies, and for Schroeder Salomon Smith Barney in mergers and acquisitions. She obtained a bachelor's of science in mathematics and economics from Georgetown University and an MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford. She is coeditor of Capitalizing on the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement: A Road Map for Success (2009) and Maghreb Regional and Global Integration: A Dream to Be Fulfilled (2008).