Naira Cheloyants is a first year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program. She graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2018 with a BA in International Affairs and specialization in Diplomacy, Politics and Foreign Languages. While at MGIMO, she interned for the Moscow Region Government and then decided to pursue the path of Conflict Resolution. Her interests include genocide studies, women’s rights, negotiation, and conflict management. At Georgetown, she plans to develop a business diplomacy concentration and continue learning French and Spanish.
Jasmine is a first year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program. Originally from London, UK, Jasmine completed her B.A. at the University of Cambridge in Theology and Religious Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, she became interested in religious conflict. Her interest in religious conflict deepened when she interned at the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based think-tank that aims to counter religious extremism. Jasmine also became involved in Cambridge’s Learning Together program, which aimed to set up dialogue between inmates in a high security prison and Cambridge students. Both learning about religious extremism and working to connect inmates and university students inspired Jasmine to pursue a degree in Conflict Resolution.
Aaron Dai graduated from Brandeis University with a double major in Politics and International and Global Studies, and a minor in Legal Studies. He is working toward a career in international affairs, and is especially focused on working at the United Nations or the US Department of State. As an undergraduate, Aaron interned for a Houston-based immigration law firm, the National Consumers League, and for the Massachusetts State House. In addition, Aaron spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he studied Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict. Aaron wrote a senior thesis exploring the development of Chinese ethnic nationalism and focused on Han-minority relations. Aaron is fluent in English and Mandarin and proficient in French.
Carolyn Ebersole is a graduate student in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. Her studies focus on human security and Latin America with a certificate in refugee and humanitarian emergencies. As a Conflict Resolution Summer Fellow, she worked for a development NGO in Guatemala, Partners in Development, helping with a small business loan program, education, housing, and public health. She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s in international relations, concentrating in security and diplomacy in Europe. After graduation, Carolyn worked in Washington D.C. facilitating public diplomacy events. She then lived near Beijing, China, for several years as a Foreign Expert in TESOL and cultural exchange.
Katherine Hedrick is a first-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University. Her studies focus on rule of law, post-conflict judicial processes, transitional justice, conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) and the Balkans. She graduated in 2015 with her B.A. in History and Arabic Language from Western Kentucky University. While receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked alongside the Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe, the Bosnian State Court, and other local NGOS in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to develop a report on the state of the prosecution of CRSV in the post-conflict judicial system. Katherine is currently the Director of Communications and Outreach for the District of Columbia-based nonprofit Conflict Solutions International to spread cultural awareness and participation in peace processes. She hopes that her research and experience will assist victims of war in their fight to have their voices heard and to achieve justice.
Piper graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 where she majored in International Studies and Political Science. Afterwards, she worked as a vetting specialist for the Hillary Clinton campaign. She then served as the Director of Research at the Harry Walker Agency, one of the country’s leading speaker’s bureaus. Within the field of conflict resolution, Piper focuses on mass atrocities and genocide prevention, emergency response, and refugees and migrations, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She hopes to pursue a career with the federal government or with international NGO’s, working to develop and carry out responses to international humanitarian crises.
Drake Long graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Diplomacy and Professional Writing. Prior to Georgetown University, he was the Ya-Hui Chiu fellow in Washington, D.C.’s Global Taiwan Institute and worked as a teacher at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. He joined the Conflict Resolution program to focus on territorial and intrastate disputes in his area of interest, East Asia. Drake worked in maritime security for the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at CSIS. He also worked as a journalist in Kosovo and as a freelance reporter covering Asia-Pacific defense issues. Drake strongly believes the communication of issues and solutions is just as important as identifying them. He hopes to work in the public sector. Drake speaks English and Mandarin.
Radia Mbengue is a graduate student in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. Her research interests include fragile states and conflict affected states, civil war, violence against women, women in peace and security, implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 in Africa, humanitarian assistance, international law, human rights and development. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a minor in Gender and Women’s studies. She is a writer and part of the editorial committee for the Gender and Queer academic journal That’s What (We)Said.
She is currently working for the Senegalese organization Femme Africa Solidarité’s UNSCR 1325 report on the implementation of the resolution by governments to improve women’s participation in peacebuilding efforts and post-conflict reconstruction. She hopes her research and experience help change the lives of minority women, especially on the continent of Africa.
Ayaka Oishi is an international student from Japan. She majored in International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and studied abroad in the United States. After interning at a conflict prevention NGO, she worked as a consultant specializing in organizational change management and as a Millennial Chief Happiness Officer at IBM for five years. As a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, she is currently focusing on organizational dynamics of armed groups and use of technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, for conflict analysis. With her multidimensional background and a strong interest in conflict, technologies, and organizational politics, she is pursuing a career at an innovative enterprise or NGO to channel her professional, academic, and language skills towards making a positive social impact.
Kayla Owens is a recent graduate of American University where she obtained a B.S. in Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service. While at American University she served as a member of the Black Student Alliance, participating in and facilitating social justice workshops centered around race relations on campus and in the community. Kayla recently interned for Senator Chuck Schumer in his Democratic Diversity Initiative, which assists Senate Democratic offices in building a diverse workforce that reflect the diversity of our nation, and are demographically representative of the constituents Senators serve. Within the field of Conflict Resolution, Kayla focuses on post-conflict reconstruction and peace building particularly in the wake of intrastate ethnic conflicts. She plans to pursue a career in institutes for peace, helping to assist in cross-cultural communication and preventing conflicts from reoccurring.
James Tran is a first-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University. He is a U.S. Marine veteran who graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Political Science. James interned with the International Rescue Committee, working primarily on refugee resettlement and is interested in exploring the conflict resolution in the field of refugees and humanitarian responses. He is also a college football fan, his favorite teams being Navy and Michigan. James loves that the Conflict Resolution program is a close-knit family.
December 2019 Graduates
Noah Clarke received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and is currently attending Georgetown University to obtain his Masters. While at the University of Richmond, he received a Bachelor of Arts through a double major in International Studies and PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law) and a double minor in Arabic and History. Currently, Noah is working to obtain a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown. His interests lie in politics and international security, having interned for Virginia Del. Lamont Bagby, Virginia’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Sen. Mark Warner, and the Hudson Institute’s South Asia Program and Center for Political-Military Analysis in the past.
Alexander Decina is a visiting fellow at the West Asia–North Africa Institute in Amman, Jordan, with funding as a 2018/2019 Boren Fellow. From Amman, Decina is conducting research on factional conflicts and state building challenges throughout the Middle East and North Africa region with particular focus on Syria and Libya. His primary projects entail an examination of how late-stage conflict dynamics in Syria will shape the contours of an emerging post-conflict state and an assessment of Jordan’s opportunities to participate in Syria’s reconstruction. Previously, Decina was a research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a consultant for private sector clientele in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he worked with think tanks and nongovernmental organizations in Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan. Decina is pursuing a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Mary Washington. Decina has published work in a number of outlets including Foreign Affairs, Stratfor, Defense One, the National Interest, and others. He also authored a comprehensive electoral violence assessment for potential elections in Libya with the United States Institute of Peace.
Katherine Meyer is a second-year student in the program and additionally holds a B.S. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. She has extensive qualitative and quantitative research experience from her previous internships at the Fund for Peace and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes. She has published in numerous journals, including an upcoming article in Conflict Trends, is trained in SPSS, Stata, and ArcGIS, and has advanced proficiency in French. While at Santa Clara, she gained experience in qualitative and quantitative research through a National Science Foundation research program and by working on a federally-funded research project on peacebuilding in Laos, Uganda, and Cambodia. She primarily focuses on post-conflict governance and gender-based issues in sub-Saharan and Southern Africa. For her career, she aims to perform research at think tanks or non-governmental organizations contributing to public policy on Africa or developing peacebuilding projects on the continent.In her free time, she loves running, hiking, and now riding her new bike around DC.
Before joining the Conflict Resolution program, Harris received his B.A. in Political Science, History and Global Studies in Conflict and Conflict Resolution from the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate, he interned with Legacy International and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, solidifying a deep passion for politics and International Relations. Harris is primarily interested in post-conflict reconstruction and state building in ethnic and religious conflicts in the Middle East, currently focusing on the civil war in Yemen. Outside the classroom, he enjoys cars, music, squash and billiards. Harris’s native language is English, but he has intermediate proficiency in Arabic.
Class of 2019
Mohammad AlYousef is a second-year student in the M.A. program in Conflict Resolution with a certificate in Arab Studies from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He concentrates on conflict in the Middle East, with special emphasis on the role of religion, identity, and US Foreign Policy in the region. He is a Teaching Assistant in the Government Department. In addition, Mohammad is a board member of the National Union of Kuwaiti Students, wherein he represents 16,000 Kuwaiti students to the US Government and to the embassy of Kuwait. Mohammad graduated with a B.A. in International Security and American Politics from San Diego State University and studied abroad at Tbilisi State University in Georgia. Mohammad also worked as an editor at the Kuwait News Agency in 2016.
In her studies, Olivia focuses on the role of religion and inter-religious dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Having studied in Amman, Jordan and spent significant time in Israel and Palestine, she has first-hand understanding of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She has a wide breadth of experiences both in DC and abroad, which gave her strong foundations in fundraising, project management, and digital media strategy. Olivia hopes to use her skillset to work in advocacy and policy for an NGO that is faith-minded and focused on the Middle East.
Michelyne Chavez is a Master’s Candidate in the Program in Conflict Resolution. She researches transnational crime while also pursuing a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Michelyne received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown in 2015. Michelyne currently works at Georgetown’s Massive Data Institute, and has previously worked for the DC Preservation League, the U.S. Dept. of Justice (ICITAP), and Hills & Company International Consultants. Michelyne aims to provide policy analysis on U.S.-Latin American relations and transnational crime prevention upon graduating. She uses her Spanish fluency and French proficiency when traveling, and enjoys hiking and endurance running.
Abby Fram is a second year graduate student in Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, she is interested in gender and post-conflict reconstruction. Before coming to Georgetown, she taught English for a year in a suburb south of Paris for the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). She has also interned at the International Peace and Security Institute, as well as at the Embassy of France with its press and communications department. She holds a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University.
Ryan Knight is focusing his academic work on the connections between corruption and conflict in Eastern Europe. From 2017 to 2018, Ryan studied the Ukrainian language at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv as a Boren Fellow. While there, he interned with the Center for Public Monitoring and Research and helped design projects to fight corruption in Western Ukraine. He is a Young Researcher in NATO’s Science for Peace program with the Small States in the New Security Environment program and is focusing his thesis work on state capture in the Republic of Moldova. Ryan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine (2013-14, 2015-16). He earned his BA from Whitworth University (‘13) in Spokane, Washington and was born and raised in Eureka, California.
Jude Massaad is a second-year M.A. Candidate in Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Arab Studies. Jude graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. After working as a reporter at the Daily Star Newspaper in 2015 to cover stories on the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Jude volunteered with ACT for the Disappeared, a non-profit in Beirut that aims to find justice for the 17,000 people kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War. After being selected for the CR summer fellowship program, Jude spent her past summer in Geneva interning at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and assisting in human rights monitoring and analysis in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. Jude aims to combat discrimination and human rights violations in the Middle East through transitional justice mechanisms, mediation, and interfaith dialogue. Jude speaks English, Arabic, and French.
Nandita Palrecha is a second-year student in the M.A. program in Conflict Resolution. She is interested in peace and conflict processes in South Asia, as well as in elections monitoring, gender, and transitional justice across developing countries. She is a presently a Conflict Resolution Fellow in the Department of Government. As a recipient of the Summer Fellowship, she spent ten weeks in 2018 assisting Search for Common Ground, Nepal, in evaluation-related processes. She holds a B.A. in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India and an M.A. in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal University, India.
Mariana Nozela Prado is currently a second year student in the Conflict Resolution Program, and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies. She has worked as an intern at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and at the Brazil Institute in the Wilson Center. She is also a research assistant and a student facilitator at Bringing in the Bystander trainings at Georgetown. During her time at Georgetown, she has partnered with Ecam, a socio-environmental NGO in Brazil, and worked with traditional populations and local communities in the Brazilian Amazon region. Her academic work focuses on gender, and environmental and land conflict in Brazil. She focuses in particular on their impact in marginalized communities through an environmental justice lens. Mariana is originally from Brazil and also holds a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science with a minor in English from Stetson University in Florida.
Austin Raab is in his second year at Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution program. He obtained his B.A. in Economics from New College of Florida. As an undergraduate, Austin studied microfinance and traveled to Bangladesh to intern with the Grameen Bank. His undergraduate thesis focused on reparations legislation for conflict victims, reintegration programs for former paramilitaries, and security sector reform in Colombia during the early 2000s. That research was followed by field work as a Fulbright Researcher working with ex-combatants in Colombia. At Georgetown, he investigated the security environment in eastern Lebanon related to refugee flows from the Syrian Civil War. This was followed by an internship with the Lebanese Red Cross’s Disaster Management Unit with financial assistance from the Conflict Resolution’s Summer Fellowship. After graduation, Austin hopes to work with the United Nations on Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) assistance in Colombia. Austin has worked to develop a technical expertise in Monitoring and Evaluation while in the Conflict Resolution Program.
Rachel Samuels is a second-year student in the Conflict Resolution master’s program at Georgetown. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations in 2017, after serving four years in student government. Rachel now works at the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she researches countries at risk for mass atrocities, and supports the writing and publication of reports and policy recommendations for both the U.S. and foreign governments. Rachel is seeking a job in foreign policy or intelligence analysis. For a full resume, please email Rachel at email@example.com.
Saniya Seera is a second-year student in the M.A. Conflict Resolution Program. She graduated from American University with dual B.As in Psychology and International Studies. Following her undergraduate career, Saniya conducted program evaluations to help unearth sustainable solutions to improve the lives and experiences of vulnerable populations. Now as a graduate student, Saniya is passionate about advancing the use of technology and social entrepreneurship to uncover scalable solutions to some of today’s greatest social challenges, and to help vulnerable populations thrive in communities across the globe.
Evan Tueller is a second year Master’s candidate in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Program. Evan is interested in cross-sector collaboration for peace-building and sustainability practices, and she has an ongoing research project on monster formation and cycles of violence. For her degree, Evan is specializing in post-conflict restorative justice, and creative responses and analysis for humanitarian emergencies. She was a 2018 Conflict Resolution Summer Fellow, working in Colombia on transitional justice and peace processes; and she currently works with Professor Jessica Kritz on her cross-sector collaboration research project based in Accra, Ghana. Professionally, Evan has worked across the public and private sectors – including at organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and World Wildlife Fund – focusing on education and the arts, environmental sustainability, corporate stewardship, and adaptive social change. She intends to pursue a career in human capital consulting and innovation in peacebuilding practice.
George Koichi Wong is a second-year student from San Francisco in the M.A. in Conflict Resolution, and holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California, San Diego. As a student of Conflict Resolution, George is interested in all things human rights-related, nuclear nonproliferation and abolition, international relations theory and their perspectives on world peace, regional politics in Northeast Asia, and the United Nations system. As a recipient of the Conflict Resolution Summer Fellowship, George went to Northern Ireland for 12 weeks to intern at the Pat Finucane Centre, a human rights organization working on advocacy on behalf of victims of the Troubles and their family members. He is fluent in Japanese and has studied Mandarin and Russian in high school and city college, respectively.
Xianghui graduated with a double major in Engineering and Law from China Foreign Affairs University. He is currently studying for Master’s in Conflict Resolution with a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies. As part of his Master’s, Xianghui also studied abroad in Israel, where he honed his abilities with conflict analysis and resolution. Before entering the Master’s program, Xianghui interned at a state organ press of the Communist Party of China. Xianghui is a native speaker of Mandarin and would like a career in a think tank or international organization analyzing regional politics in Asia in general and regional conflicts in North-East Asia in particular.