Writers


Beth Bickerton, Writer
Beth is an international affairs professional located in Brooklyn, NY. While she can be considered an international relations generalist, she has focused her research on the European Union and especially on France’s role within it. Beth has spent time working for the United States Supreme Court, human rights nonprofits, and social science think tanks. Having a passion for writing, she acted as a staff writer and editor of Seton Hall University’s international relations newspaper as an undergraduate. Her work was recently featured on Global Public Policy Watch. Beth graduated with a B.S. in diplomacy and international relations from the School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. In addition, she holds a minor in French and has studied at La Sorbonne in Paris, France. You can connect with her on Twitter @BethBickerton.

Michelle Bovee, Writer
Michelle Bovee is a Market Intelligence manager at MAGNA Global, where she focuses on global advertising revenues and media cost trends, particularly in Western and Northern Europe. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master’s in International Relations in 2013 and is currently living in New York City. You can connect with her on Twitter @boveemc.

Michael Dworman, Writer
Michael is an international affairs and national security professional working in Washington, D.C. He focuses on international conflict, terrorism, and crime, along with a regional focus on Russian affairs, where he has spent time living and working. Michael graduated with an M.A. in security studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington. You can connect with him on Twitter @mikedworman.

Ernesto Garcia, Writer
Ernesto is a management and technology consultant to U.S. and international public sector clients. His professional and academic focus is centered on the economic, geopolitical and security environment in Latin America, with particular concentration on Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. A former military officer, Ernesto has extensive international security and collaboration experience in Europe, Central Asia and Latin America. Ernesto holds a M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.B.A. in information and operations management from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University. You can connect with him on Twitter @karlkrockel11.

Ashley Gierlach, Writer
Ashley is currently transitioning back from the United Kingdom, where she recently graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a M.A. (Honors) in International Relations. Her areas of interest include international security, U.S. foreign policy, terrorist organizations and incidents and state crime. Ashley has been published in the Foreign Affairs Review and as a research assistant for the Center for Global Constitutionalism. Ashley was previously a Young Leader for the U.S. Embassy in London, England and also worked for two London-based private security and risk management firms as a country reporter and as a maritime security analyst, focusing regionally on West Africa and the Middle East. You can connect with her on Twitter @ashleygierlach.

Elise Hannaford, Writer
Elise has spent the last few years working in the humanitarian sector in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an MSc in International Relations of the Middle East from the University of Edinburgh. In addition to her general focus on the MENA region, Elise’s areas of interest also include international security, migration, and U.S. foreign policy. You can connect with her on Twitter at @emhannaford.

Pedro Jardim, Writer
Pedro is currently an intern in Albright Stonebridge Group’s Latin America practice. He grew up in Brazil and Argentina and developed a passion for politics in the region. He writes about Latin American politics, with a focus on Brazil. Pedro graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Political Science and Urban Studies. You can connect with him on Twitter @pdot1155.

Alexander Kirss, Writer
Alexander is a Ph.D. student in the political science department at George Washington University. He moonlights as a defense consultant and writes broadly about the intersection of U.S. defense policy, foreign policy, and domestic politics, with a focus on organizational and structural issues. He has previously been published in War on The Rocks, Real Clear Defense, and The National Interest. You can connect with him on Twitter @fpclickbait for far more than just clickbait.

Connor Kopchick, Writer
Connor works for an government contractor in northern Virginia. He has spent time traveling and studying in India, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and the Arab Gulf states and is interested in all things related to the Muslim world as well as peace and conflict resolution. Connor holds a B.A. in political science from Davidson College. You can connect with him on Twitter @thekops93.

Paige Mason, Writer
Paige is an Associate Director at Guidepost Solutions, LLC in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Guidepost, Paige was a federal contractor attorney in the Asset Forfeiture Money Laundering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. After attending law school at the University of Miami School of Law, Paige spent several years working as an associate in a law firm in Miami, Florida concentrating on corporate restructuring.  During law school, Paige interned at a nonprofit organization in Cairo, Egypt, served on the Inter-American Law Review, and participated in a prestigious international law exchange program with Leipzig University in Germany. Paige’s interests range from public international law and cultural heritage to rule of law as it relates to the private sector and foreign policy issues involving MENA. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Ryan Nabil, Writer
Ryan is a global macroeconomy researcher. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, US News & World Report, and the National Review. Ryan is a graduate of Kenyon College and Oxford University.

Adam Ratzlaff, Writer
Adam Ratzlaff is an incoming PhD student in International Relations at Florida International University. His research interests include U.S.-Latin American foreign policy, Sino-Latin American foreign policy, Pan-American cooperation, the defense of democracy in the Americas, and economic and social development in Latin America. Adam has previously conducted political and economic analysis for groups including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In addition to Charged Affairs, Adam’s op-eds and academic work have been featured in sources including VoxEu.org, ¿y si hablamos de igualdad?, the Journal of International Policy Solutions, and in Hemispheres: The Tufts University Journal of International Affairs. He holds in MA in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver), as well as a BA from Tulane University where he triple majored in International Relations, Economics, and Latin American Studies. Feel free to connect with Adam either via LinkedIn or on Twitter @adam_ratzlaff.

Pikria Saliashvili, Writer
Pikria currently works in Washington, DC. She is interested in exploring the interplay between disparate sectors, including energy, economics, and transnational security. She holds a M.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University. You can connect with her on Twitter @PikriaSa.

Benjamin Staton, Writer
Ben previously worked at the National Democratic Institute and has a specialization in the democratic development of the African sub-continent. He holds a B.A. in history from George Washington University. You can connect with him on Twitter @Ben_Staton21.

David Stoffey, Writer
David is a foreign policy research analyst and M.A. candidate currently living in Washington, DC. He focuses on East Asian and European international relations with a particular interest in military history. David holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.