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NESA Interns Spring 2017

Intern Biographies below are listed according to the photo above from left to right.

Matt Mueller is a recent graduate of James Madison University, where he received a BA in International Affairs and Political Science. Most of Matt’s academic coursework focused on counterterrorism in the Middle East. In September, Matt will be attending the University of St Andrews in Scotland to pursue a master’s degree in Middle East, Caucasus, & Central Asian Security Studies. Following this program, he considers pursuing a PhD in International Relations, before starting a career in Middle East policy or in the Intelligence Community. Matt’s specific research interests include counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, transnational armed conflict, and emerging security threats in the NESA region. Matt is thrilled to intern at the NESA Center and hopes to learn more about the region so one day he can play a role in addressing the security threats in the Middle East.

Elizabeth MacKenzie is a rising junior at Elon University, pursuing a major in Political Science and minors in History and Asian Studies. She is passionate about all things involving international law and politics, especially in the Near East and South Asia Region. For the past six years, she has studied Mandarin Chinese and plans to study abroad in Shanghai for the fall 2017 semester. Her primary goal is to become completely fluent in Chinese by the time she returns. In addition, she is currently the director of TEDxElonUniversity, and is an active member in the Model United Nations Society. Her involvement in these organizations has helped her develop leadership, management, and speaking skills. Elizabeth is pleased to use these skills in her internship at the NESA Center and to gain a deeper understanding of the critical decisions made and strategic tactics used in US Foreign Policy.

Sobhon Khairy is a sophomore at Tufts University studying International Relations (with a concentration in Security) and Economics. His interests include anti-terrorism, diplomacy, economic development, international security, and anti-corruption. Sobhon’s first interaction with public service was in high school when he worked for his local congressman and campaigned for his mayor. Sobhon spent the past summer in Afghanistan working for the Ministry of Finance where he gained first-hand experience with development in insurgency zones. Sobhon speaks English, Spanish, Pashto, and Dari. At NESA, Sobhon hopes to gain an academic outlook on pressing international security issues in the Middle East and South Asia. Sobhon recognizes the developmental opportunity of working with such accomplished security professionals and is eager to learn from them.

Sam Badias is a senior at the University of South Florida with a major in International Studies and a minor in Public Health. She has worked as a Peer Mentor in her university’s Honors College as well as a tutor for refugees in her community. Samantha has performed volunteer work with refugees and with charities that serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and organizations dedicated to raising awareness on issues of mental health. Through her experience in public health work, Samantha has cultivated an interest in women’s rights, sexual violence, and mental health and how these issues impact foreign policy.

Cody Brasher is a first-year Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, with a specialization in Security, Law and Diplomacy. Prior to attending the University of Texas, he attended Baylor University for a B.A. in International Studies before serving three years as a Military Intelligence specialist with the US Army. During his time on Active Duty service, he earned an A.A. degree in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute. He is currently in the University of Texas ROTC program while serving in the Texas Army National Guard, as well as finishing up a semester internship as a legislative aide at the Texas State Capitol. Upon commissioning as a US Army Reserves Officer, Cody hopes to continue his education and attend law school. He plans to continue a career in public service, in whatever form that may take. His specific research interests include US foreign policy and grand strategy; counterterrorism and combating religious extremism; and conflict management, development, and security in the Middle East and North Africa.

Morgan Everett is a senior at Bloomsburg University majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Morgan enjoys making connections with people from diverse backgrounds and has held a Public Relations position in her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha. Morgan is interested in developing relationships to resolve conflicts around the world. Her internship at NESA is the final requirement for completing her undergraduate degree. Morgan has completed over 100 hours of philanthropy work during her collegiate career. She is excited for the career developmental opportunity afforded by working with the security professionals at the NESA Center. After this summer, Morgan plans to pursue a career involving public relations and foreign policy; and hopes to visit many more countries and continue to travel.

Matthew-Ryan Brazas is a Master’s candidate in political science completing his studies at California State University, Fullerton. Ryan has previously interned in Congressional Committees, District offices, and the Richard Nixon Foundation where he researches the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Cal State DC Scholars Program. Ryan’s primary interest is in Middle East policy around Kurdish nationalism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ryan intends to become a policy advisor using his experience at NESA as a launching point for his career.