Elizabeth O’Bagy, the Syria analyst who was fired after it emerged that she had misrepresented her academic credentials, has found new employment with Sen. John McCain, Foreign Policy’s The Cable reported.
O’Bagy was an analyst for the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War where she advocated for U.S. intervention in Syria. Her work was cited by McCain (R-Ariz.), a leading voice in favor of action in Syria.
But earlier this month, the institute announced that it had “learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University” and terminated her employment.
She will start next week as a legislative assistant in McCain’s office.
“Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain told The Cable in a statement. “I look forward to her joining my office.”
Days before her firing, O’Bagy also came under scrutiny after an opinion piece she penned for The Wall Street Journal did not disclose her affiliation with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, an advocacy group for the Syrian rebels.