Regional Focus

(Africa, Middle East, Asia,Latin America, Europe)

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Asha Castleberry

Asha Castleberry (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Europe)

MA, Columbia University


Fordham University

Christina Pinckney

Christina Pinckney (China)

MSc. International Affairs

Academic Advisor

GreatChina International Education

Edith Koumaira-Thomas

Edith Koumaira-Thomas (Africa)

MBA in Water Resources, BA in Economics, BS in Finance. MA in International Relations (in progress)Program Assistant

USAID in the office of Foreign Disaster and Assist

Eman Ahmed

Eman Ahmed (Africa)

Biomedical Engineering (MS) and Global Health (MS)Program Officer, Global Health

Project HOPE

Emefa Gbedemah

Emefa Gbedemah (Africa and Europe)


Defense Analyst

Department of Defense/ DIA


Fouzia Bencheikh (Middle East and Africa)

Masters of International Law, with International Relations (LL.M), University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS); Bachelor's of Cultural Anthropology with Political Science, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Program Officer

World Learning

Georgina Addo

Georgina Addo (Middle East)

M.A Candidate of SIS American University

Academic Initiatives Intern

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Heather Ashby

Heather Ashby (Europe, Asia)

PhD from the University of Southern California.Foreign Affairs Specialist

Department of Homeland Security


Joy Kayode (Middle East)

B.A. Candidate - International Affairs


The George Washington University

Taylor Cofield

Taylor Cofield (Middle East)

MIA Candidate at The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Pickering Fellow

U.S. Department of State

Lynrene Tiya

Lynrene Tiya (Africa)

B.A,American University (2019)Africa Intern

McLarty Associates

Marissa Scott

Marissa Scott (Africa)

M.A. International Relations; B.A. English and Spanish

Deputy Chief of Mission - U.S. Embassy Praia (Cabo Verde)Department of State


Mai Do (Southeast Asia)

B.A, Washington College

Political Fellow

Courage Campaign


Lia Miller (Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America)

Bachelors of Science in Social Work and African-American Studies, Syracuse University
MSSW, Columbia University
MPA, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
MAIR Maxwell School, Syracuse University

International Relations, Piic Administration, Social Work


Jung H. Pak (Korea)

Ph.D. U.S. History Columbia University

Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies

SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies


Lesley Anne Warner (Africa)

PhD War Studies, King's College London

MA Security Studies, Georgetown University

BA Political Science, International Relations

House Foreign Relations Committee

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Maureen Taft-Morales (Latin America, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru)

B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology, George Washington University,

including semester of study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

M.A. in Latin American Studies, Georgetown University

Specialist in Latin American Affairs

Congressional Research Service

Library of Congress


Katie Garay (Latin America)

BA Gov't and Int'l Politics, George Mason University;

M.A. Security Studies, Georgetown University (exp. Sp. 2019)

Rangel Fellow

U.S. Department of State


Phesheya Nxumalo (Middle East)

B.A, Brown University

Student Intern

Embassy of Canada


Beatrice Maneshi (MENA)

M.A. Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies MIIS

B.An International Studies (Economics) USF

Program Innovation Consultant, Catalystas Consulting


Katharine Khamhaengwong (Middle East, Georgia)

BA Political Science & Middle East Studies, Tulane University

Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps Georgia


Catherine Killough (US-ROK Alliance)

MA Asian Studies, Georgetown University

BA English Literature, University of Arizona

Roger L. Hale Fellow

Ploughshares Fund

North Korea


Tasia Matthews (Middle East & E/SE Asia)

BA - James Madison University

Program Assistant, Chemical Security

CRDF Global


Howlader Nashara (Middle East, Turkey and Russia)

American University B.A. Arabic Studies; King's College London M.A. Geopolitics, Territory and Security

Media Analyst



Valerie Edouard (Latin America)

BA in Sociology, Rutgers University (2020)

Strategic operations professional

Ava Smith (East Europe)

Masters University of Texas

Specialist in the International Visitor and Cultural Exchange program

U.S. Department of State

Suzanne DiMaggio (Korea)

BA, New York University
MA, City College of New York (CUNY)

Senior Fellow
Carnegie Endowment For International Peace


Meagan Dashcund (Middle East)

Dickinson College

Media Research Analyst

The Rendon Group


J. Stephanie Eyocko (China)

MA Candidate in Energy, Resources, and Environment, Johns Hopkins

BA in Chinese & International Studies


Toni Cross (Russia and Eastern Europe)

BA in International and Global Studies - Russia and Eastern Europe, Arabic minor (Middlebury College); pursuing an MA in International Security (Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service)

Graduate Student

Georgetown University

Suzy Kim (North Korea)

Suzy Kim Women Cross DMZ USA Suzy Kim is a co-founder of Women Cross DMZ. She is a historian of modern Korea and serves on the faculty at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the Korea specialist for Amnesty International USA, and an advisory board member for Truth Foundation.

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

M.A. Johns Hopkins University

Ambassador (ret.) Consultant and Public Speaker


Sue Mi Terry (Korea)

M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

B.A. in political science from New York University

Senior Fellow, Korea Chair CSIS

Ileana Valle (Latin America)

M.A, John Hopkins University

Project Management

Creative Associates International


Brittney Washington (Japan)

MA. Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Legislative Aide at Office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Shelley Su (Asia)

M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (concentration in strategic studies and international economics)

B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley

Professional Staff Member at House Committee on Foreign Affairs


Brianna Isaacs (China, Southeast Asia)

MA American University, International Peace and Conflict Resolution; B.A Spelman College, International Studies

Field Program Division Management Intern,


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