Foreign Policy Blogs
Aarti RamachandranAarti Ramachandran
Aarti Ramachandran is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, New York, where she is specializing in energy policy with an emphasis on South Asia. She previously worked as public and government affairs advisor in the energy industry for five years. She holds a Masters degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Abukar ArmanAbukar Arman
Abukar Arman is a former diplomat (Somalia’s Special Envoy to the US). He is a widely published analyst. His focus is Foreign policy/Islam/post-civil war Somalia/extremism. He is a DiploAct of a sort (fusion of diplomacy & activism).
You may follow him on Twitter: @4DialogSK or reach him via e-mail: [email protected]
Alexander CorbeilAlexander Corbeil
Alexander Corbeil is a senior Middle East analyst with NATO Canada, a blogger for the Foreign Policy Association and has contributed to a number of online publications. In Canada he regularly appears on CTV National News to discuss the Syrian uprising and its regional implications. You can follow Alexander @alex_corbeil.
Alireza AhmadianAlireza Ahmadian
Alireza Ahmadian is an Iranian Canadian political analyst and writer whose work has appeared on forums such as openDemocracy, the Foreign Policy Association Blog, and BBC Persian Blog’s Nazeran Migooyand [Observers say...]. He has also appeared on BBC World News and BBC Persian TV to discuss world affairs.

Ahmadian’s main interests are foreign policy, diplomacy and social justice issues, especially those related to Iran, and U.S. and Canada’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

Ahmadian has a Master of Arts from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, England’s renowned School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Studies. He previously studied History at the University of British Columbia and speaks fluent Persian, English and intermediate Arabic.

You can follow him on Twitter: @ahmadianalireza

Allison KushnerAllison Kushner
Allison Kushner received three undergraduate degrees from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Security and Diplomacy Studies from Tel Aviv University. She has spent time living and traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and China. A former political speechwriter, Allison has taught college level Political Science and International Relations in the U.S. and China. She continues to be engaged in public speaking activities at home and abroad.
Anshuman RawatAnshuman Rawat
Author of Conflicts, Geopolitics and Asia Volume 1: 2010-12 – A Short Diary of Notes from the Region (ISBN: 978-3-8473-8696-4), Anshuman Rawat is a geopolitical/international relations journalist, communications specialist and serial media entrepreneur from India. Founder-Director of a media company, he spends much of his professional calendar as an editorial, management and communications consultant. He is also the founder of ‘League of India’, a news action tank that is committed to the idea of shaping a progressive India by fostering centre-right liberal governance, a free economy and an open society.
Arezo YazdArezo Yazd
Arezo Yazd is an Iranian-American attorney based in New York City, she
received her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law in 2009.
Ashikur RahmanAshikur Rahman
Dr. Ashikur Rahman is a Senior Economist at the Policy Research Institute [PRI] of Bangladesh and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Governance Studies [IGS]. Prior to this, he completed his PhD in Government {Political Economy} at the London School of Economics. Ashikur also has an MPA in Public and Economic Policy and BSc in Economics (Hons) from the LSE. He has been a consultant for a number of government bodies and other institutions, including the World Bank, UNDP and Japanese International Cooperation Agency [JICA].

His research interest is in the field of political economy, working extensively in areas such as development and governance with a key focus on the implications of political and economic shocks. At present, his work empirically examines the nature of concentration of political power and its role in shaping economic and political outcomes within the political arena of Bangladesh.

Ben MoscovitchBen Moscovitch
Ben Moscovitch is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter and has covered Congress, homeland security, and health care. He completed an intensive two-year Master’s in Middle Eastern History program at Tel Aviv University, where he wrote his thesis on the roots of Palestinian democratic reforms. Ben graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in English Literature. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. Twitter follow: @benmoscovitch

Areas of Focus:
Middle East; Israel-Palestine; Politics


Calvin DarkCalvin Dark
Calvin Dark is an international policy and strategic communications professional based in Washington, DC. For more than 10 years, he has advised US and international bodies and organizations, primarily focusing on political, economic and cultural relations with Latin America, Western Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Calvin is also a social media enthusiast trying to connect the world one tweet, post and #hashtag at a time.

Calvin was a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco where he conducted research on civil society’s role in increasing transparency and public confidence in Morocco’s government institutions and services. Calvin received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Duke University and has studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Paris, France. He speaks French, Spanish, Arabic and English (North Carolina’s special dialect.)

Calvin is also passionate about Southern storytelling and oral histories and is the author of Tales From My Dark Side [], a collection of stories about the Darks, a central North Carolina family and their unique ways of reconciling the complex notions of race, community and family.

Anything else? Oh yea, he loves to spin and is a spin instructor.

Contact Calvin at [email protected]

Cate MackenzieCate Mackenzie
Cate works as an editor in Zürich, Switzerland. She holds an MA in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich, and a BA (Hons) in International Studies with Political Science from the University of Birmingham (UK).

She has previously lived and worked in Fiji and the US.

Chris CeliusChris Celius
Currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Chris Celius obtained his BA in public relations and journalism at the UNC Charlotte where he is currently pursuing his maters in Communication Studies. Emigrated from Haiti to the United States in the 90s, Chris shares a passion for writing that both insightful and edifying.
Damien TomkinsDamien Tomkins
Damien Tomkins works at the East-West Center office in Washington, D.C. on matters pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region. After traveling overland from Cape Town to Cairo in the 1990s he received a BA First Class Honours from the University of Wales in Anthropology and Religious Studies. He then lived and worked in China for two years teaching English with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). He subsequently received his MA degree in Asian international affairs from the School of International Service, American University. He enjoys working and learning about Asia and would like to further develop his career within the field of promoting a closer US-China relationship supported by mutual understanding and respect. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not of any organization with which he is affiliated. Follow on Twitter: @tomkinsd
Daniel DonovanDaniel Donovan
Daniel is the Executive Director of a non-profit development organization that focuses on building infrastructure and training in rural Sub-Saharan Africa called the African Community Advancement Initiative ( . He has a Master’s degree graduate in International Relations with an emphasis on conflict resolution and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coupled with his extensive financial background, Daniel also works as a consultant for Consultancy Africa Intelligence in Pretoria and the Centre for Global Governance and Public Policy in Abu Dhabi. In addition to his work at FPA, he is also a regular contributor to The Continent Observer and International Policy Digest. He currently resides in Denver, CO.
David J. KarlDavid J. Karl
David J. Karl is president of the Asia Strategy Initiative, an analysis and advisory firm that has a particular focus on South Asia. He serves on the board of counselors of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and previously on the Executive Committee of the Southern California chapter of TiE (formerly The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.

David previously served as director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy, in charge of the Council’s think tank focused on foreign policy issues of special resonance to the U.S West Coast, and was project director of the Bi-national Task Force on Enhancing India-U.S. Cooperation in the Global Innovation Economy that was jointly organized by the Pacific Council and the Federation of Indian Chambers & Industry. He received his doctorate in international relations at the University of Southern California, writing his dissertation on the India-Pakistan strategic rivalry, and took his masters degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Derek CatsamDerek Catsam
Derek Catsam is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Derek writes about race and politics in the United States and Africa, sports, and terrorism. He is currently working on books on bus boycotts in the United States and South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s, the Freedom Rides, and South African resistance politics in the 1980s. He has lived, worked, and travelled extensively throughout southern Africa. He is also a lifelong sports fan, with the Boston Red Sox as his first true love. He was one of about three dozen people to write books about the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, and the result is Bleeding Red: A Red Sox Fan’s Diary of the 2004 Season. He writes about politics, sports, travel, pop culture, and just about anything else that comes to mind.

Areas of Focus:
Africa; Zimbabwe; South Africa; Apartheid


Dominik P. JankowskiDominik P. Jankowski
Dominik P. Jankowski specializes in the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU as well as Euro-Atlantic security. Since 2010 he has been working at the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland (initially as Expert Analyst; currently as Head of the International Analyses Division). Previously he served as Senior Expert at the J5-Strategic Planning Directorate of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces (2009-2010) as well as foreign policy expert at the President Aleksander Kwasniewski “Amicus Europae” Foundation (2007-2010). His publications appeared in Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, and the U.S. (e.g. “The National Interest,” “Armed Forces Journal,” “World Politics Review”). He is deeply committed to the development of the NGO’s sector in Poland. Since 2008 he has been engaged in the activities of the leading Polish think tank the Casimir Pulaski Foundation where he currently serves as a Member of the Board. He graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, National Defense University in Warsaw and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Currently he works on his Ph.D. thesis that evaluates the role of the military industry in Europe after 1990. In 2012 he became a member of the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanticist Working Group and was granted two prestigious scholarships (2012 Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the GMF; 2012 “Personnalités d’avenir défense” by the French Ministry of Defense). In 2014 he became a member of the Munich Young Leaders (a joint initiative of Körber Foundation and the Munich Security Conference).
Elly RostoumElly Rostoum
Elly Rostoum is a leading energy expert and geopolitical specialist. She is currently Director, Energy & Renewables, at Masdar. Ms. Rostoum has spent many years living, working, and traveling in the Middle East and North Africa region. She speaks five languages and holds degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University.

Follow Elly on Twitter @EllyRostoum

Elyse LichtenthalElyse Lichtenthal
Elyse Lichtenthal recently received a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration, with a concentration in Health Administration & Policy. Prior to her graduate academic tenure, Elyse spent time in South Africa, working with mothers2mothers, an NGO that prevents mother-to-child transmission of HIV throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. Combining experiences from the global public health, public policy and political organizing sectors, Elyse contributes to the Humanitarian Affairs section of the FPA Blogs with interests in service delivery models for chronic diseases and international policies surrounding access to treatment. Elyse is currently based in Chicago and is the Program Coordinator for the U.S. Cooperative for International Patients.
Eugene SteinbergEugene Steinberg
Eugene graduated Tufts University with degrees in International Relations and Quantitative Economics. He works with the editorial team at the Foreign Policy Association on Great Decisions 2014. He is deeply interested in Eastern European affairs, as well as the intersection of politics, technology, and culture. You can follow him on twitter @EugSteinberg
Faheem HaiderFaheem Haider
Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

That work and associated writing can be found at the following link:

Franz-Stefan GadyFranz-Stefan Gady
Franz-Stefan Gady is a foreign policy analyst and world affairs commentator. Franz-Stefan has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, Der Standard, American Diplomacy Quarterly, The National Interest, Small Wars Journal, and New Europe. Follow him on Twitter:!/hoanssolo
Gary SandsGary Sands
Gary Sands is a Director at Highway West Capital Advisors, a venture capital, project finance and political risk advisory, and contributed a number of op-eds for the South China Morning Post, U.S. News and World Report, Washington Times, International Policy Digest, Eurasia Review, Indo-Pacific Review, Global Times, Caijing and Shanghai Star Business Journal. He was previously employed in lending and advisory roles at Shell Capital, ABB Structured Finance, and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. He spent six years in Shanghai from 2006-2012, and has also lived in Zurich, London, and Rio de Janeiro. He is based now in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Hannah GaisHannah Gais
Hannah is assistant editor at the Foreign Policy Association and the managing editor of Gais is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, where she focused on Eastern Christian Theology and European Studies. You can follow her on Twitter @hannahgais
Ilyana OvshievaIlyana Ovshieva
Ilyana Ovshieva is a digital journalist and writer who works as a senior editor for a Washington DC-based news edition that covers North Africa. She contributed to Tunisia’s first English-language news site after the revolution, Tunisia Live. She also freelanced as an Arabic translator and researcher for the UNDP and the UN Volunteers. Her writing on Tunisia’s hip-hop music, identity and activism appeared in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. She also published for and the World Policy Journal.
Ilyana holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.

Follow Ilyana on Twitter: @ilyana_ov

Jason AndersonJason Anderson
Jason recently returned from a research grant in Central Asia looking at the nature of extremist groups. He has project experience in Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Jason previously served as a trainer for US military and civilians working alongside counterparts in Afghanistan, and as a coordinator with Afghan ministerial advisors on National Priority Program (NPP) funding proposals in Kabul. Jason speaks Russian and holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Jeff MyhreJeff Myhre
Jeff Myhre is a graduate of the University of Colorado where he double majored in history and international affairs. He earned his PhD at the London School of Economics in international relations, and his dissertation was published by Westview Press under the title The Antarctic Treaty System: Politics, Law and Diplomacy. He is the founder of The Kensington Review, an online journal of commentary launched in 2002 which discusses politics, economics and social developments. He has written on European politics, international finance, and energy and resource issues in numerous publications and for such private entities as Lloyd’s of London Press and Moody’s Investors Service. He is a member of both the Foreign Policy Association and the World Policy Institute.
Jodi LiebermanJodi Lieberman
Jodi Lieberman is a veteran of the arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear safety trenches, having worked at the Departments of State, Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also served in an advisory capacity and as professional staff for several members of Congress in both the House and Senate as well as the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Jodi currently spends her time advocating for science issues and funding as the Senior Government Affairs Specialist at the American Physical Society. The views expressed in her posts are her views based on her professional experience but in way should be construed to represent those of her employer.
Joe GurowskyJoe Gurowsky
Joe Gurowsky focuses on energy, environment, geopolitics, international development and climate related issues. Recently, he worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania regarding different energy related programs . Joe has also traveled to Costa Rica, Ghana, the UAE, Germany and Alberta, Canada for aspects of energy and environmental policy.
Jordan StuttsJordan Stutts
Jordan Stutts focuses on U.S. energy independence and what that might mean in terms of geopolitics and markets around the world. Jordan is a Communications Department intern for the Foreign Policy Association. He is currently in his last semester as an undergrad at UNC Charlotte, completing a B.A. in history and a minor in journalism. You can follow him on Twitter @jwstuttered
Josh KlemonsJosh Klemons
Josh Klemons received a Master’s Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in the Middle East from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC.

He has lived, worked and studied in Israel and done extensive traveling throughout the region. He once played music with Hadag Nachash.

Follow him on twitter @jlemonsk

Justin Scott FinkelsteinJustin Scott Finkelstein
Justin Finkelstein recently received a Master’s degree from New York University in Near Eastern Studies. He has spent most of his academic career and thereafter studying the Arab-Israeli conflict. His Master’s thesis explored and analyzed the competing histories of the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem (1947-1949) and the potential for its solution.

He is currently a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia. He has traveled to both Israel and Morocco and has attended the Middlebury Arabic School program.

Kamran MomenzadehKamran Momenzadeh
Born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Iran, Kamran moved back to the United States after receiving his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2009 and is now pursuing his MBA with Finance and International Business concentrations at the University of Connecticut. He is currently serving an internship at the U.S. Department of State. He was awarded a full scholarship for a career development program at Georgetown University in 2012, and also the GE Global Fellowship at the University of Connecticut in 2013.
Kathleen MillarKathleen Millar
Kathleen Millar began her career in public affairs working for Lyn Nofziger, White House Communications Director. She has gone on to write about a wide range of enforcement and security issues for DHS, for the US Department of the Treasury (Customs & Border Patrol), for Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), then a Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and for top law enforcement officials in the United States and abroad.

A Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security, Millar was also the deputy spokesperson-senior writer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She has authored numerous speeches, articles and opeds under her own and client bylines, and her work, focusing on trafficking, terrorism, border and national security, has appeared in both national and international outlets, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, and Vital Speeches of the Day.

Kathleen Millar holds an MA from Georgetown University and was the recipient of a United Nations Fellowship, International Affairs, Oxford. She is a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, Women in International Security (GU), the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and the American News Women’s Club in Washington, DC. Kathleen Millar is currently teaching and writing about efforts to combat transnational organized crime.

Kimberly J. CurtisKimberly J. Curtis
Kimberly Curtis has a Master’s degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from American University in Washington, DC. She is a co-founder of The Women’s Empowerment Institute of Cameroon and has worked for human rights organizations in Rwanda and the United States. You can follow her on Twitter at @curtiskj

Areas of Focus: Transitional justice; Women’s rights; Africa

Krista ZimmermanKrista Zimmerman
Krista Zimmerman works for a non-governmental organization as its senior advisor on international development assistance and food security policy. She has worked as the deputy director for a rule of law advocacy project in Karnataka, India and as a business services attorney for a leading multinational law firm. Krista grew up in the Philippines and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Africa. In her free time, she enjoys experimental cooking, canning and blogging. She has a BA in History from Goshen College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Marc GorrieMarc Gorrie
Marc C. Gorrie holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, a JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, and an LLM in international human rights law with a specialization in international labor rights law from Lund University (Sweden). He is a port welfare worker and ship visitor for the Seamen’s Church Institute in Ports Newark and Elizabeth, NJ, where he also collaborates on an educational program on the Maritime Labour Convention directed at port chaplains and welfare workers. He recently contributed to an EU project on legal education and law school curricula in the Gambia, and has held a research fellowship in legal ethics, lectured on federal Indian law and American legal ethics, and worked as a disability advocate.
Marie MetzMarie Metz
Marie Metz is a Latin America Security Analyst based in Mexico City, Mexico with frequent travel throughout Latin America. She covered the 2012 and 2013 Venezuelan presidential elections from Caracas, and has lived in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds an M.A. in International Security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Miami.

You can follow her on Twitter: @gueritametz or read her individual blog:

Mark C. EadesMark C. Eades
Mark C. Eades is an American writer and educator based in Shanghai, China. He has spent a total of five years in China since his first visit in 1991, and has taught at Fudan University, Shanghai International Studies University, and in the private sector in Shanghai. He is also widely traveled throughout East and Southeast Asia. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Master of Arts in Humanities from San Francisco State University with extensive coursework in Asian and Transpacific studies. His previous publications include articles on China and Sino-US relations in U.S. News & World Report, Asia Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and Atlantic Community. Twitter: @mceades
Mark VargaMark Varga
Mark Varga is a Hungarian-American European Affairs Consultant residing in Budapest.
Maxime H.A. LarivéMaxime H.A. Larivé
Maxime Larivé holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Miami (USA). He is currently working at the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami as a Research Associate. His research focus on the questions of the European Union, foreign policy analysis, security studies, and European security and defense policy. Maxime has published several articles in the Journal of European Security, Perceptions, and European Union Miami Analysis as well as World Politics Review.
Melissa Lockhart FortnerMelissa Lockhart Fortner
Melissa Lockhart Fortner is Senior External Affairs Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, having served previously as Senior Programs Officer for the Council. From 2007-2009, she held a research position at the University of Southern California (USC) School of International Relations, where she closely followed economic and political developments in Mexico and in Cuba, and analyzed broader Latin American trends. Her research considered the rise and relative successes of Latin American multinationals (multilatinas); economic, social and political changes in Central America since the civil wars in the region; and Wal-Mart’s role in Latin America, among other topics. Melissa is a graduate of Pomona College, and currently resides in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Jeff Fortner.

Follow her on Twitter @LockhartFortner.

Mia BennettMia Bennett
Mia Bennett is pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her MPhil (with Distinction) in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute, where she was a Gates Scholar.

Mia examines how climate change is reshaping the geopolitics of the Arctic through an investigation of scientific endeavors, transportation and trade networks, governance, and natural resource development. Her masters dissertation investigated the extent of an Asian-Arctic region, focusing on the activities of Korea, China, and Japan in the circumpolar north. Mia’s work has appeared in ReNew Canada, Water Canada, FACTA, and Baltic Rim Economies, among other publications.

She speaks French, Swedish, and is learning Russian.

Follow her on Twitter @miageografia

Michael CrowleyMichael Crowley
Mike Crowley received his MA with distinction from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in American Foreign Policy and European Studies. He’s worked at the Center for Strategic International Studies, Akin Gump, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. He’s also an acting student at The Studio Theatre and a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, and he may look for ways to work both into the blog occasionally.
Murat OnurMurat Onur
Murat Onur completed his Master’s degree in Security Policy Studies with a concentration in development and Middle East Studies at the George Washington University. He is the recipient of several awards including the British Chevening and HSBC Scholarships, International Peace and Security Institute Scholarship, and the GW Career Development Fellowship. He has previously worked in entry and mid-level positions in Washington-area on defense and security analysis and has written on Turkish politics, foreign affairs and Turkey’s defense and security policies.


Nasos MihalakasNasos Mihalakas
Nasos Mihalakas has over nine years of experience with the U.S. government as a trade policy analyst, covering U.S trade policy, globalization, U.S.-China trade relations, and economic growth through trade. Mr. Mihalakas holds an LLM from University College London, and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh, with a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois. He has worked for both a Congressional Commission advising Congress on the impact of trade with China and for the U.S. Department of Commerce investigating unfair trade practices. Mr. Mihalakas expertise’s also include international trade law, international economic law and comparative constitutional law, subjects which he has taught as an adjunct professor during the past couple of year. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of International Business at SUNY Brockport.

Areas of focus: China, International Trade, Globalization, Global Governance, Constitutional Developments.
Contact: [email protected]

Nayma QayumNayma Qayum
Nayma Qayum is a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her areas of expertise include political institutions, elections and participation, hybrid regimes, and research methods. Nayma has previously taught at City College and Lehman College, CUNY, SUNY Empire State College, and Rutgers University. She was a researcher at UNDP, NY, and Research Fellow at Brac, Bangladesh. You can follow her on twitter @naymaqayum
Nick ScottNick Scott
Nick Scott has a MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He lived in East Jerusalem before moving to New York City where he spent more than a year at the Foundation Center and currently works for Independent Diplomat, a nonprofit diplomatic advisory group.

Follow Nick on Twitter at @Nick_Scott85

Areas of Focus: Politics and Civil Society in the Middle East, Diplomacy, International Development

Nigar FataliNigar Fatali
Born in 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Nigar Fatali received her Bachelor’s degree in filmmaking from Azerbaijan State University of Art and Culture.

Fatali has been blogging since 2007, writing about politics, human rights and social issues in Azerbaijan. Since 2009 she has worked as a journalist, associate editor and copywriter in non-profit and private sectors.

She is in her first year of graduate studies in journalism in the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Personal blog:

Norman HayesNorman Hayes
Over 30 years experience in strategic through tactical intelligence analysis and operational intelligence execution across a broad range of national and international real world and policy issues with focus on theater, cyber and maritime operations. Master educator with responsibility for all of United States Navy entry and advanced intelligence education and training. An experienced international, national and regional strategist, integrator and analyst at the highest levels of U.S national and international agencies, forums and organizations with exceptional skills in building trust across international teams, articulating a common vision and with inspirational leadership in building exacting execution models achieving successful outcomes.
Rachel AvrahamRachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language website of Israel’s Channel 2 News. She also has a blog in the Jewish Press. Rachel Avraham completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. Her MA thesis was on “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombers in the American, Israeli and Arab media.” She also has a BA in Government and Politics, with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, from the University of Maryland at College Park. Rachel Avraham presently lives in Netanya, Israel.
Reza AkhlaghiReza Akhlaghi
Reza Akhlaghi is a Senior Blogger and Editor at the FPA Blogs. He is also a political risk consultant. Reza produces FPA’s ‘Candid Discussions’; interviews with influential policy makers, writers, and media personalities in the field of foreign policy and international security.

Reza holds a Double Major BA Honors in English Literature and Communication Studies from York University in Toronto; an MA degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary in Alberta; and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Reza is fluent in Persian, Turkish, and English, and has working knowledge of Korean. His personal website is:

Richard BasasRichard Basas
Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration


Robert NolanRobert Nolan
Robert Nolan is Editor-in-Chief of New Media at the Foreign Policy Association and a writer and producer of the Great Decisions Television Series on PBS. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he has interviewed numerous heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, artists and musicians, and policymakers.
Roman KilisekRoman Kilisek
Roman Kilisek is a Global Energy & Natural Resources Analyst.
His research focuses on global energy politics, mining, infrastructure and trade, global political risk and macroeconomics. He is fond of using scenario development and analysis.

He has lived on three continents and traveled to over 40 countries around the world. He now lives and works in New York City.

Sahar SaidSahar Said
Sahar has obtained her Master of Laws degree from The George Washington University Law School and currently works as a corporate lawyer in Lahore, Pakistan. She periodically contributes articles on Islamic Jurisprudence and Finance to the American Bar Association International Law News digest.

Sahar can be followed on Twitter @sahar_said.

Samantha QuintSamantha Quint
My name is Samantha, I’m 25, and I made Aliyah in June 2013. I got my BA degree from George Washington University where I studied Jewish Studies and Middle East Studies. During my Junior year, I spent the traditional semester abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since then Israel kept pulling me back, first with a summer professional course on peacemaking in Jerusalem and the West Bank and then a move to Tel Aviv to get my MA in Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston. I have a unyielding passion for traveling, Boston sports teams, and making the people around me laugh.
Sara Chupein-SorokaSara Chupein-Soroka
Sara Chupein-Soroka is a former Program Associate at the Foreign Policy Association. She holds an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University with a focus on U.S.-European relations, and a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College. Her graduate thesis examined U.S.-UK bilateral security relations (an ongoing project) and she undertook an in-field intensive at The Hague, Bosnia and Serbia examining transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia in 2011.
Sarah Marion ShoreSarah Marion Shore
Sarah Marion Shore works as an online editorial assistant at the Foreign Policy Association. Previously, she conducted research for Action Against Hunger (ACF), a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Sarah graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied Middle East and African History. While a student, Sarah served as the primary editor and fact checker for the book “The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding”, written by Political Scientist Séverine Autesserre. Sarah also spent a year in Paris studying French and International Relations at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. She currently lives in New York.
Twitter: @sarahmshore
Sarwar Kashmeri is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program, a fellow with the Foreign Policy Association, and senior advisor for transatlantic security at ISIS-Europe. He is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as a specialist and commentator on U.S.-European relations. His latest book is “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?” (
Scott FirsingScott Firsing
Dr. Scott Firsing, an American residing in South Africa, is an expert on US-Africa relations. He is the Director of the North American International School (NAIS) in Pretoria, an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University, South Africa, an Executive at the Aerospace Leadership Academy and CEO of LINK Advisory, a consultancy helping American businesses enter Africa. Also a founder of the African NGO Young People in International Affairs, Scott is the former Head of International Studies at Monash, a former employee of the United Nations, Department for Disarmament Affairs, and a former fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
Sean GoforthSean Goforth
Sean H. Goforth is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research focuses on Latin American political economy and international trade. Sean is the author of Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran & the Threat to America.
Sica McLeanSica McLean
Jessica ‘Sica’ McLean recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, after having first completed a B.Sc. (Hon.) in International Relations. She currently works as the Senior Desk Officer for Turkey, Georgia and Moldova at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canada’s Capital.

Sica first started her career in the Canadian Parliament, working as a Senate Page and quickly moved on to work in many political offices, and most notably served as Executive Parliamentary Assistant to Senator Hugh Segal, Chair of the Anti-Terrorism Committee and Canada’s Special Envoy to the Commonwealth.

She is also a former political staffer at the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, has worked in the education sector in Istanbul and is a member of the Atlantic Council of Canada.

She is a native French speaker and is also fluent in English, with working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish.

Tenzing PeldunTenzing Peldun
Tenzing is a recent graduate from Emory University with a major in International Studies and a minor in Arabic. She is currently a communications associate at the Foreign Policy Association. Tenzing’s background as a Tibetan born in exile inspired her passion for international relations and human rights. Tenzing spent her early years of childhood in India and Nepal. You can follow her on twitter @TenzingPeldun
Tim LaRoccoTim LaRocco
Tim LaRocco is an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph’s College in New York. He was previously a Southeast Asia based journalist and his articles have appeared in a variety of political affairs publications. He is also the author of “Hegemony 101: Great Power Behavior in the Regional Domain” (Lambert, 2013). Tim splits his time between Long Island, New York and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Twitter: @TheRealMrTim.
Vadim NikitinVadim Nikitin
Vadim Nikitin was born in Murmansk, Russia and grew up there and in Britain. He graduated from Harvard University with a thesis on American democracy promotion in Russia. Vadim’s articles about Russia have appeared in The Nation, Dissent Magazine, and The Moscow Times. He is currently researching a comparative study of post-Soviet and post-Apartheid nostalgia.
Areas of Focus:
USSR; US-Russia Relations; Culture and Society; Media; Civil Society; Politics; Espionage; Oligarchs


Zach ScottZach Scott
Zach is an Independent researcher and writer. He lives in New York. You can follow Zach @ZachDScott.
Zainab JeewanjeeZainab Jeewanjee
Zainab Jeewanjee is a recent graduate of the Denver University’s Korbel School of International Service, where she received a Masters of International Relations with a concentration in U.S. Foreign & Security Policy. Her area of focus is U.S. – Pakistan relations and she completed a senior thesis entitled U.S. Foreign Policy to Pakistan: History of of Bilateral Cooperation from Partition Through the Cold War as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University. Zainab is also sales director at the Insurance aggregator Go One Global Corp.
Zev WexlerZev Wexler
Zev Wexler is an associate at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he represents investment managers. In 2009, he took a sabbatical year and volunteered as a strategic consultant in Malawi for Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Zev is a board member of American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS young leadership program, and serves on the Committee’s International Relations Commission. Zev is also a board member of the Microfinance Club of New York. Prior to working at Vinson & Elkins LLP, Zev worked at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, and at the asset manager BlackRock Financial Management. He received a BA in Public Policy from Princeton University and a JD from New York University School of Law, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Zev currently lives in New York.