About N&S


Nations & States serves as a platform for students and young professionals passionate about world affairs to add their voices to ongoing global conversations. Showcasing some of the best insight, commentary, and analysis this new generation of global citizens has to offer, Nations & States strives to better inform our readers on pressing international issues and fill the gaps in coverage left by popular media sources.

Founding Members

hannaharrighilinkedinphotoHannah Arrighi is a former Virginia Organizer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Prior to the election, she was a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant based in Çorum, Turkey. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a major in government and legal studies and a minor in Italian, concentrating in political theory.

12783825_10204215168619992_8550311981477630699_o (1)Luke A. Drabyn
 is a former U.S. Fulbright Student based in Kiev, Ukraine. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Department of State, and the American Enterprise Institute. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he double majored in government and legal studies and Russian language, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Brian7_smallerBrian Garrett-Glaser is a writer and analyst with experience working in D.C. think tanks, government contracting, and the wonderful world of lobbying. He holds a degree in international conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and his writings have been published by the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise Institute. He currently works as content manager for The Cipher Brief.

IMG_4607Edward Mahabir is a Program Assistant for the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously interned for U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr., the Center for Democracy in the Americas, and World Learning. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he double majored in history and eastern European studies, and minored in government. His honors thesis, “Imagery and Empire: Visual Representation and Political Authority in Imperial Russia, 1762–1917” was awarded the Dr. Samuel and Rose A. Bernstein Prize for Excellence in European History.

Amelia Headshot (1)Amelia Oliver is a recent graduate of Bates College where she was a double major in English literature and Russian studies. Currently, Oliver lives in Zhytomyr, Ukraine where she works at a university as a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She has experience as a Wildlife Policy Intern for the Humane Society International, where her work focused on international legislation on shark finning and illicit ivory trade. In 2014 Oliver was an Impact Assessment Intern for the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, where she worked closely with Lex Mundi’s member firms and analyzed the impact of their pro bono legal services for social enterprises around the globe.


twitterprofilepicAndrea Fernández Aponte
 is a Program Assistant for the Colombia, Cuba, and Central America Security programs at the Latin America Working Group. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in political economy focused on Latin America and the region’s history and institutions. In the past, Andrea has worked for the State Department and the women-led grassroots peace group, CODEPINK. She’s particularly interested in gender issues, peacebuilding and diplomatic processes, and the empowerment of marginalized communities.

Cole_Nelson_BioCole Nelson is a writer and editor pursuing his MA in literature at the University of Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, where he majored in English literature and history. His studies focus on environmental criticism of nineteenth-century literature. When he is not reading, he spends his time hiking and watching his cat sleep.

photoApekshya Prasai is a writer and researcher based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has previously worked with child survivors of abuse and female survivors of domestic violence in Kathmandu. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a major in government and legal studies concentrating on international relations and has also spent a year studying international relations as a visiting student at University of Oxford. She is interested in gender issues within the context of terrorism and guerrilla warfare. Her prior research has focused women’s strategic value in suicide terrorism and the role of women in South Asian militant organizations.

AvramHeadshotAvram Reisman is an Advocacy Associate at Just Foreign Policy and recently finished a fellowship at Amnesty International USA where he lobbied for U.S. foreign policy reform to better address human rights concerns in the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and government from Colby College and expects to begin studying democratization in the fall. He has written for The European Magazine and New Framework.

Contributing Writers


Meghan Bodette is a student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying international politics and the former Finance Director for a campaign for State Representative in Massachusetts. She is interested in international relations theory and foreign policy, is studying Spanish and Russian, and has volunteered with a presidential campaign. Follow her on Twitter and Medium.

1836895_791645220010_6553890975157042839_o-2Johnny V. Boykins is a husband, bow tie aficionado, amateur chef, co-host of the Irrelevantly Relevant Podcast, and U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Boykins has interned at both the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland. He earned his M.A. in diplomacy and security studies from Norwich University, and a B.A. in political science and communications from Eckerd College. He also has a graduate certificate in teaching and learning, and currently lives in Tampa Bay, Florida.

me-4-2Patrick Foran is a PhD student at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), and the host of Foran Policy: Book Reviews & Miscellany podcast. Foran has interned and worked for, concurrently, a state representative’s U.S. congressional campaign, and earned his B.A. in political science from UMSL. His area of concentration is U.S. foreign policy, climate security, conflict resolution, and international political economy (IPE).

13b3e64Jean-Paul “JP” Honegger is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College, where he majored in history and Asian studies, concentrating on India and Japan. A native of Switzerland and the Netherlands, Honegger speaks six languages and hopes to find the time to learn a few more. He currently works as a researcher for a company focused on global asset management standards and aviation security. He previously interned for the United Nations’ Department of Public Information and has contributed to The Independent on Sunday.

CASEYPICCasey Mendoza is a multimedia journalist with a specialization in video production and editing. She is a recent graduate of Knox College, where she majored in political science with a double minor in journalism and Chinese language. Mendoza has worked in various newsrooms and production companies as a photographer, videographer, writer, graphic designer, and production assistant. Most notably, she worked as editor-in-chief of The Knox Student, the oldest known college newspaper in Illinois. During her time with The Knox Student, Mendoza was awarded First Place in Multimedia Reporting by the Illinois Collegiate Press Association.


Marco F. Moratilla works for New Magellan Venture Partners, LLC, a venture capital firm. He has experience at the National Security Archive and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds an M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. His work has appeared in International Affairs Review. A native Californian, he spent his formative years in Madrid, Spain.

NICKPICNicholas D. Sawicki, a native of Lackawanna, NY, is an Advancement Officer for America Media in New York City. A recent graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in theology and history, Nick has served as an intern with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, has done mission work in Nicaragua and India, completed an internship with the District Attorney of New York, and worked on issues related to human trafficking, the economics of poverty, human rights, and church-state relations.

14322338_1162859590418797_1193401891866209643_nJocelyn Spencer is a graduate of Wesleyan University and University College London, Institute of Education. She specializes academically in Chinese history and politics and in language education policy. While studying for her MA in London, she was a project leader and intern for the think tank Project for the Study of the 21st Century, for which she continues to volunteer in the United States. She currently works for a private equity firm in New York City.

headshot-2Jacob Uzman is a Middle East analyst and peacebuilding practitioner with a focus on the Levant. He spent the past four years working on conflict resolution and peacebuilding initiatives related to the conflict in Syria, where he heard perspectives and stories from Syrians on virtually all sides of the conflict. His research interests also include WMD proliferation and environmental security. Jacob holds a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


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