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Monica Makar

Contributing Writer

Monica is a contributing writer for Charged Affairs and a peace practitioner focusing on the Middle East and identity-based conflicts. She is interested in the role of women and minorities in conflict and peacebuilding. Her niche interest, though, is how blasphemy and personal status laws suppress religious minority groups in the Middle East. Currently she works with women-led civil society organizations in conflict countries to counter violent extremism.

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Sheila Archambault

Staff Writer

Sheila is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and an national security professional working in Washington, D.C. for the federal government. She focuses on counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Sheila graduated with an M.A. in international affairs from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in international studies with a focus on the Middle East from the University of St. Thomas.

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Connor Collins

Staff Writer

Connor is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and an international security consultant at Command group, a Washington D.C. based consulting firm, where he assists governments, corporations, and high-net worth clients with international, national, and geopolitical security issues. He is particularly interested in international security in developing regions. Prior works on U.S. Military Information Operations have been published by the U.S. Army War College. Connor majored in Political Science at Dickinson College, also receiving a minor in Economics, and a certificate in Global Security Studies.

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Adam Ratzlaff

Senior Staff Writer

Adam is a staff writer at Charged Affairsis and a PhD student in International Relations at Florida International University. He holds an MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a BA from Tulane University. Ratzlaff predominantly writes about inter-American politics, development, and democratization. Follow Adam on Twitter @adam_ratzlaff.

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Caroline Rose

London Correspondent

Caroline is the London Correspondent for Charged Affairs, covering relevant issues within UK and European politics. She is a current Masters candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she studies the history of crisis decision-making in the Cold War Middle East. Caroline writes about a range of foreign policy trends, but is particularly interested in Levantine security, illicit narcotic trade in the Middle East, and the European defensive community. Follow Caroline on Twitter @CarolineRose8.

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Jonathan Stutte

Staff Writer

Jon is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and an English language business consultant and trainer based in Mannheim, Germany. He has a Linguistics degree from Truman State University and a Masters in Diplomacy from the University of Kentucky. His interests are primarily in arms control and nuclear weapons policy. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonstutte

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Cynthia Kao

Senior Editor

Cynthia Kao is a senior editor for Charged Affairs and an analyst supporting change management on a national youth development project. She holds an MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and holds particular interest in East and Southeast Asian affairs.

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Cameron McCord

Staff Writer

Cameron is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and is interested in both accelerating new technology to advance national security and understanding the effects of new technology on foreign policy. As an MIT graduate and U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, he's developed an applied and operational appreciation for how technology can improve systems and create advantages. Follow Cameron on Twitter @CameronLMcCord

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Radu-Mihai Triculescu

Staff Writer

Radu is a staff writer at Charged Affairs and a PhD Researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the bureaucracy of asylum in the European Union. As a staff writer, Radu writes mostly about European politics and events. Follow Radu on Twitter @RaduTriculescu

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John Ashley

Senior Staff Writer

John is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and was the 2017 YPFP Nuclear Security Fellow. He holds an MA of International Policy degree from the University of Georgia, where his studies concentrated in CBRN nonproliferation, export controls, and international security.

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Michael D. Purzycki

Staff Writer

Michael has worked as an analyst in the Pentagon and at Bloomberg LP. His primary interests are U.S. defense policy, the Middle East, and energy policy. He has been published in the Washington Monthly, the Truman National Security Project, and France 24.

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Mercedes Yanora

Editor

Mercedes currently works as a project associate at a higher education organization. She has an M.A. in South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Saint Joseph's University.

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Monica Makar

Contributing writer

Monica is a contributing writer for Charged Affairs and a peace practitioner focusing on the Middle East and identity-based conflicts. She is interested in the role of women and minorities in conflict and peacebuilding. Her niche interest, though, is how blasphemy and personal status laws suppress religious minority groups in the Middle East. Currently she works with women-led civil society organizations in conflict countries to counter violent extremism.

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Sheila Archambault

Staff Writer

Sheila is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and an national security professional working in Washington, D.C. for the federal government. She focuses on counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Sheila graduated with an M.A. in international affairs from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in international studies with a focus on the Middle East from the University of St. Thomas.

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Connor Collins

Staff Writer

Connor is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and an international security consultant at Command group, a Washington D.C. based consulting firm, where he assists governments, corporations, and high-net worth clients with international, national, and geopolitical security issues. He is particularly interested in international security in developing regions. Prior works on U.S. Military Information Operations have been published by the U.S. Army War College. Connor majored in Political Science at Dickinson College, also receiving a minor in Economics, and a certificate in Global Security Studies.

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Adam Ratzlaff

Staff Writer

Adam is a staff writer at Charged Affairsis and a PhD student in International Relations at Florida International University. He holds an MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a BA from Tulane University. Ratzlaff predominantly writes about inter-American politics, development, and democratization. Follow Adam on Twitter @adam_ratzlaff.

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Caroline Rose

London Correspondent

Caroline is the London Correspondent for Charged Affairs, covering relevant issues within UK and European politics. She is a current Masters candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she studies the history of crisis decision-making in the Cold War Middle East. Caroline writes about a range of foreign policy trends, but is particularly interested in Levantine security, illicit narcotic trade in the Middle East, and the European defensive community. Follow Caroline on Twitter @CarolineRose8.

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Jonathan Stutte

Staff writer

Jon is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and an English language business consultant and trainer based in Mannheim, Germany. He has a Linguistics degree from Truman State University and a Masters in Diplomacy from the University of Kentucky. His interests are primarily in arms control and nuclear weapons policy. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonstutte

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Cynthia Kao

Senior Editor

Cynthia Kao is a senior editor for Charged Affairs and an analyst supporting change management on a national youth development project. She holds an MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and holds particular interest in East and Southeast Asian affairs.

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Cameron McCord

Staff Writer

Cameron is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and is interested in both accelerating new technology to advance national security and understanding the effects of new technology on foreign policy. As an MIT graduate and U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, he's developed an applied and operational appreciation for how technology can improve systems and create advantages. Follow Cameron on Twitter @CameronLMcCord

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Radu-Mihai Triculescu

Staff Writer

Radu is a staff writer at Charged Affairs and a PhD Researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the bureaucracy of asylum in the European Union. As a staff writer, Radu writes mostly about European politics and events. Follow Radu on Twitter @RaduTriculescu

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John Ashley

Staff Writer

John is a staff writer for Charged Affairs and was the 2017 YPFP Nuclear Security Fellow. He holds an MA of International Policy degree from the University of Georgia, where his studies concentrated in CBRN nonproliferation, export controls, and international security.

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Michael D. Purzycki

Staff Writer

Michael has worked as an analyst in the Pentagon and at Bloomberg LP. His primary interests are U.S. defense policy, the Middle East, and energy policy. He has been published in the Washington Monthly, the Truman National Security Project, and France 24.

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Mercedes Yanora

Editor

Mercedes currently works as a project associate at a higher education organization. She has an M.A. in South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Saint Joseph's University.

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