Contributors

Rami AyyubRami Ayyub

Rami is an Analyst with a US Defense Contracting firm, where he works in finance and strategic planning. He is also a Fellow with Organizing for Action, and has completed internships with the Arab American Institute, and the Risk Analysis firm BMA Engineering. A seasoned classical singer, Rami Ayyub maintains an active schedule performing around the Washington, DC metro area. He holds Bachelors degrees in Finance and Classical Music from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ante BatovicAnte Batovic

Ante was previously a lecturer in International History at the University of Zadar, Croatia, specialising in Cold War and East European history. Ante was a visiting fellow at the LSE IDEAS centre and the fellow of the Robert Schuman Foundation in the European Parliament. He holds a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in History from the University of Zadar. He is an experienced researcher and foreign policy analyst, interested in political economy and energy.

Alex ChristensenAlex Christensen

Alex focuses on the impact of policymaking on the economy. He previously was an economic policy analyst at Minnesota 2020, a non-partisan think tank based in St. Paul, Minnesota. As the Hirsch Undergraduate Fellow at the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences, he analyzed how political institutions impact the development of wind power across the OECD countries. Alex is currently studying for his MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics, where his thesis examines the connection between monetary policy and equity prices. Previously, he graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics and political science.

Colm DelaneyColm Delaney

Colm is a graduate from the MSc(Econ) International Relations program at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Previously, he achieved a First Class Honours Degree in History and Politics at the University of Glasgow. His Masters studies have focused primarily on the strategy and politics of nuclear weapons, emerging security issues in the developing world and 21st century American foreign policy. Previously, Colm has contributed to a number of internationally minded university societies including the Glasgow University Politics Society and the Model United Nations.

Roger Yu DuRoger Yu Du

Roger works for a strategic advisory group that provides services to investors focused on Asia. In his free time, Roger is interested in analyzing government policies which have implications for international trade, finance and corporate investment decisions. Geographically, he specializes in the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region, especially China. He holds a master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He received his BA in International Relations from Fudan University in China, with a focus on East Asian affairs. Roger enjoys various kinds of ball games, such as basketball, tennis, pool, football (both British and American).

Sean DurnsSean Durns

Sean has previously worked in the campaign world of Arizona politics, as an intern for two different members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and conducting political strategy for the AFL-CIO. He is a graduate of the MSc in History of International Relations program at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he completed his dissertation on the formative phase of U.S. collective security policy in the Middle East. He also holds a B.A. in History and Political Sciences from the University of Arizona. His areas of focus include U.S. foreign policy and security studies, with particular interests in India, China, and the continent of Africa. His most recent interests include conflict in the Caucus region and emerging energy policy in the Arctic. A native of Arizona, his writings and research on international affairs have appeared in various outlets.

Jofi JosephJofi Joseph

Jofi Joseph is an experienced national security professional who has served in senior-level positions at the White House, the State Department, and on Capitol Hill. He served as a Director for Nonproliferation on the White House NSC staff from 2011 to 2013, helping coordinate U.S. policy towards Iran’s nuclear program. He previously served at Foggy Bottom as a Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher, engaging on a range of U.S. arms control and nonproliferation efforts. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.’s (D-PA) principal advisor on foreign policy, national security, and homeland defense issues; Jofi has also served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a Professional Staff Member and advised the Chairman, Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on arms control, nonproliferation, and U.S. military assistance issues.  In between his stints on Capitol Hill, Jofi was a senior consultant with a professional services firm, facilitating strategic planning and policy analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts on critical infrastructure protection.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) and Princeton University (Masters in Public Affairs).

Aaron JohnsonAaron Johnson

Aaron serves as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Darton State College. He holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a regular contributor on economic analysis for local Fox and NBC news affiliates in Albany, GA. His editorial pieces have been published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Albany Herald and various publications throughout Southwest Georgia. He primarily writes about unemployment, monetary policy, financial markets, and economic development.

Eli LovelyEli Lovely

Eli is an Analyst at Kroll Associates. Eli has worked at the National Democratic Institute and the U.S. Department of State. He has spent over a collective year living in Turkey as a Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship. He is primarily interested in issues affecting Turkey and the Southern Caucuses. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wheaton College (MA) before earning his M.A. with distinction in Democracy and Governance Studies from Georgetown University. The views expressed on this site are Mr. Lovely’s and do not necessarily represent Kroll’s positions, strategies or opinions.

Elizabeth MatsangouElizabeth Matsangou

Elizabeth works as International Account Manager for an environmental technologies company and spends her free time working for the human rights NGO, Lobby for Cyprus, campaigning for the peaceful reunification of the island. Elizabeth has previously worked for a political consultancy company in Westminster and for Intelligence Squared, a forum for live debates. Elizabeth has a passion for raising awareness about human rights violations and issues affecting people and governments. She loves to travel, learning about different cultures and is a self-confessed movie buff. She received a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Essex and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her studies focused on European politics, the Middle East and conflict / post-conflict states.

Ned PagliaruloNed Pagliarulo

Ned works for a Japanese press company, reporting on economics and government statistics. Ned received a BA in History with a minor in Japanese from Georgetown University in 2012. During his junior year, he studied abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, studying Japanese history and economics. While at Georgetown, he also completed two internships – one with the Office of House Historian at the House of Representatives and the other with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Luke RodehefferLuke Rodeheffer

Luke is an incoming MA student at Stanford’s Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, where he is the recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship for Turkish. Luke was previously a Fulbright fellow in Ukraine and research assistant at Koç University in Turkey. In addition to security analysis and political risk assessment focusing on the former Soviet Union and Middle East, he enjoys hiking and writing. He has previously contributed to a variety of publications, including Business Insider, The Diplomat, The Interpreter, and the Middle East Monitor. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/lukerodeheffer.

Steven SlezakSteven Slezak

Steven is a professor of finance and strategy at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. His research is supported by the university’s Farm Credit Program in Finance and Appraisal. Previously, he taught financial management and financial mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University MBA program. He holds a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance from JHU. He has worked in fields as diverse as international economics, national security, commodities trading, and risk management.  He consults on business management and strategy.

Mikala SørensenMikala Sorensen

Mikala is studying for a M.Sc. in Economics at University of Copenhagen, Denmark after spending a couple of years in the UK obtaining a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from University of York. Although currently steeped in several rather mathematical models and bits of economic/-metric theory, she is a keen observer of international news, political, financial and economic, as well as their potential consequences. She posts mainly about matters and events specific to Europe and the US.

Karl SorriKarl Sorri

Karl has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific, including interning at the World Customs Organization in Brussels and working as a freelance journalist for the Langley Intelligence Group Network. Karl holds an MA in Politics from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His studies have predominantly focused on East Asia and political economy, but his specialties also include the EU, environmental affairs, and global governance.

Ahmed Abou TalebAhmed Abou Taleb

Ahmed is a Business Intelligence Analyst for a multinational financial advisory services company. He is also a trilingual political analyst and security researcher with experience in the news industry. His research has covered conflict analysis, political violence and state building. He has published research on cyber warfare, security sector reform, corruption and risk analysis in developing countries. Ahmed previously worked for Perception Communication, BBC Arabic and several Egyptian NGOs. He received his graduate education in Business & International Commerce in Egypt and France. He obtained a master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Aix) in France after conducting field research in both Sudan and South Sudan.

Taylor WettachTaylor Wettach

Taylor is a participant in the Government of Japan-administered Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Previously, Taylor completed a year-long internship in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has also taught international relations in China with a focus on the Asia-Pacific, and interned with the Stanley Foundation focusing on human security. A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Taylor served as Secretary-General of the North American Invitational Model United Nations, as a Board Member of the Georgetown International Relations Association, and as a member of the Georgetown University Model UN team. He is a brother of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and an Eagle Scout.

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