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Benjamin Zimmer

Staff Writer

Benjamin is a Master of International Affairs student at The Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University where he focuses on East Asia and intelligence. He is the creator of The Korea Page: News and Analysis from the Korean Peninsula. His research interests include North Korean politics, Korean security issues, as well as nuclear proliferation. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @bzimmer8

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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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Kathryn Urban

Staff Writer

Kathryn is at the Bridging the Gap Project at American University, working on connecting policy scholars and practitioners around international security issues. She has conducted extensive research on democratization in East Africa, but also writes on the Arctic and NATO relations.

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Aubrey Rugo

Editor

Aubrey is an editor with Charged Affairs and an Associate Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton working for the Department of Defense. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. International Relations. She is particularly interested the intersection of the public and private sectors, especially in emerging markets, and the implications of emerging technologies on security policy.

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Nick Lokker

Staff Writer

Nick is pursuing his MA in European Studies at Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he focuses on transatlantic security and diplomacy. He received his BA in Political Science from Duke University. Nick speaks French, Spanish, and German, and has interned at the European Parliament and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

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Mercedes Yanora

Senior 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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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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Benjamin Zimmer

Staff Writer

Benjamin is a Master of International Affairs student at The Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University where he focuses on East Asia and intelligence. He is the creator of The Korea Page: News and Analysis from the Korean Peninsula. His research interests include North Korean politics, Korean security issues, as well as nuclear proliferation. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @bzimmer8

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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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Kathryn Urban

Staff Writer

Kathryn is at the Bridging the Gap Project at American University, working on connecting policy scholars and practitioners around international security issues. She has conducted extensive research on democratization in East Africa, but also writes on the Arctic and NATO relations.

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Aubrey Rugo

Editor

Aubrey is an editor with Charged Affairs and an Associate Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton working for the Department of Defense. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. International Relations. She is particularly interested the intersection of the public and private sectors, especially in emerging markets, and the implications of emerging technologies on security policy.

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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

Senior 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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