Emily Walz, Editor-in-Chief
Emily is a writer, editor, and policy researcher specializing in U.S.-China affairs, soft power, and the intersection of politics and art. She holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota. You can connect with her on Twitter @emilywalz.
Blessing Ikpa, Editor
Blessing is a graduate student in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American University’s School of International Service. Blessing’s past education was completed at the University of Oklahoma in Criminology-Sociology with focuses in International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her area of focus is in humanitarian efforts, women’s rights and gender. Blessing’s past experience with organizations such as Oxfam Italia (part of the overarching Oxfam International) has led her to become a Human Rights, Refugees, and Crisis Response Fellow for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Cynthia Kao, Editor
Cynthia currently works in business development for an international development company. Her focus is on development topics in East Asia and she has written and edited policy- and project-related content for a variety of organizations. Her work has been published in online outlets such as The Diplomat, Huffington Post, Charged Affairs, and Dialogic, a civic engagement magazine. Cynthia holds a Master’s degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Caleb Marquis, Editor
Caleb is a Master’s student at Johns Hopkins University focusing on intelligence and security studies. He holds a B.A. in political science and security studies from Westminster College. His areas of interest include intelligence, U.S. foreign policy, international security, and political affairs. You can connect with him on Twitter @cmarquis15.
Philip Meylan, Editor
Phillip Meylan is a content strategist and website administrator at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where he serves as a fulcrum between the editorial and technical aspects of the organization’s website. Chief among his interests are underdevelopment, democracy and governance, ethnonationalism, and Russian politics and history. He has authored commentary for CSIS and is an editor and former author for New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, a journal at CSIS. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he completed his B.A. at the University of Florida and studied abroad at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. You can connect with him on Twitter @philmeylan.
Ronmel Navas, Editor
Ronmel is currently writing a book on democracy and education. His specializations are in literature and Western cultural history. He is invested in historicizing the politics and aesthetics of representation under late modernity. You can connect with him on Twitter @ronmelnavas.
Anup Rao, Editor
Anup currently works as a policy staffer in the U.S. government. He holds an M.A. in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University, and a B.S. in neuroscience from UCLA. He specializes in Southeast Asian and East Asian international politics and has worked in intelligence, defense, and homeland security. You can connect with him on Twitter @AnupNRao.