Marcela Aguirre, Writer
Marcela is a digital communications strategist and foreign policy wonk. She recently worked on the digital team for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Brooklyn. She holds an M.A. in international affairs from Boston University and a B.A., summa cum laude, in communication studies with a minor in French from The University of Texas at El Paso. Her interests lie at the intersection of foreign policy, public diplomacy, conflict resolution, and political science. You can connect with her on Twitter @mar_ce_la_88.

David Bartholomew, Writer
David is an international affairs professional in Washington, DC. He focuses on Middle East issues and international conflict, with additional interests in state building and energy politics. David has previous work experience with the United Nations, US Department of State, USAID, American Red Cross, and the German Marshall Fund. He graduated with an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in political science from Iowa State University. You can connect with him on Twitter @David_Barth1.

Seth Berman, Writer
Seth currently works as a contracted case officer supporting the federal government’s efforts in foreign affairs. His main interests lie in international security, intelligence, technology, and terrorism. The opinions and views expressed in his pieces are his own and do not speak for either his past, present, or future clients and employers. Seth is a certified associate of project management and holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College.

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 is the senior project director at a business development consulting firm in the D.C. metro area, where she works with companies looking to expand domestically and internationally. Her areas of interest include the role of technology, art and design, and trade and economics in foreign affairs, as well as current events and social movements. She received her MS. in international relations from the London School of Economics in 2013, and lives with her cat in the Arlington area. You can connect with her on Twitter @boveemc.

Benjamin Dills, Writer
Benjamin is a program assistant with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program. He focuses his work on international climate, energy, and sustainable development policy, and he has been a member of YPFP’s Energy and Environment Discussion Group for three years. Benjamin holds an M.A. in security policy studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. You can connect with him on Twitter @ClimateBen.

Jonathan Dove, Writer
Jonathan is a recent law graduate from the University of Law in London. His core focus is on China’s industrial, trade, and foreign policy. He has previously undertaken traineeships with the EU Delegation to China and the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. He received his LLB from the University of Warwick and completed an LLM with Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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.

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.

Nick Monck, Writer
Nicholas is a student at the University of Colorado School of Law where he focuses on American Constitutional Law. Previously he served as the Press Secretary of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and has worked for the Senate Agricultural Committee and on Senator Gary Peters’ campaign. He earned a B.A. in political science with a focus on American public policy from the University of Michigan, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs and was a two-time Big Ten Conference Champion Lincoln Douglas debater. Nick also received a M.S. in communication with a focus on political communication at Northwestern University, where he graduated at the top of his class. You can connect with him on Twitter @nicholasmonck.

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 is a Sié fellow and M.A. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver who expects to graduate in June 2017. Adam’s interests include US-Latin American foreign policy, Pan-American cooperation, and economic and social development in Latin America. Prior to pursuing his M.A., he conducted political and economic analysis of Latin America for several groups including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, Southern Pulse Correspondents, and the Commitment to Equity Project. In addition to Charged Affairs, his work has been featured on VoxEu.org, ¿y si hablamos de igualdad?, Southern Pulse and in Hemispheres: The Tufts University Journal of International Affairs. Adam holds a B.A. 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 is a writer for Charged Affairs and he 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.