Founded in 1975 and published biannually, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is the student-managed foreign policy journal at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The publication provides a broad, interdisciplinary platform for analysis of legal, political, economic, environmental, and diplomatic issues in international affairs.
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Maria is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in development economics and gender. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, she found her way to Fletcher after completing a year as AmeriCorps member in Austin, TX and three years working in Washington, DC at World Leadership School. Maria holds a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA.
Tom is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in Business and International Environmental Resource Policy. Prior to becoming a student, Tom worked at Tufts University with Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program and helped develop international executive education programs. He also worked as a Research Associate for an environmental NGO in Philadelphia. Last summer, Tom worked for BP’s Integrated Supply and Trading Unit’s Global Environmental Products business unit in Chicago. Originally from Pennsylvania, he did his undergraduate studies at Dickinson College and holds a B.A. in Political Science and French.
Zareera is a first-year MALD student studying international monetary theory and policy. She holds a BSc. In Political Science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Before Fletcher, she was working in the microfinance sector in Pakistan, designing policy aimed at the financial inclusion of rural farming households.
Paige is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in international security studies and international negotiation and conflict resolution. Prior to The Fletcher School, she created and managed a legal clinic for survivors of intimate partner violence. Paige was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bulgaria, and holds a B.S. in Social Sciences and Global Politics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Greg is a print staff editor with The Forum and a second-year MALD student focused on International Environment and Resource Policy. A Boston area native with a background in journalism, he has several years of experience writing and editing for both B2B and B2C audiences. Prior to coming to Fletcher, he worked at a startup venture researching IT trends and advising global industrial organizations on implementing them to improve operational efficiency, harmonize processes, and achieve greater compliance with regulations
Batul is a second year MALD student focusing on conflict resolution in the Middle East and on public and NGO management. She is particularly interested in community relations between citizens and migrant populations in the Arabian Gulf. Before coming to Fletcher, she served as Project Assistant with The en.v Initiative, a Kuwait-based non-profit organization, on issues of civil society capacity-building and youth empowerment. Batul graduated with a BA in International Relations from the American University of Kuwait in May 2016.
Joel is a second-year MALD student focusing on International Security Studies and Human Security. He worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in New Mexico before spending a year in France as a teaching assistant. Most recently, he worked as a Crime Analyst for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas, NV. Joel holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in French from the University of Nevada in Reno.
Pulkit is a second-year MALD candidate from India concentrating in International Security Studies and International Organizations. Prior to Fletcher, he worked as an analyst with McKinsey & Company in the high-tech and telecommunications industry verticals and then in administrative capacity at Phoenix Hospital, Panchkula. Additionally, he has volunteered with a not-for-profit organization Make A Difference, teaching and mentoring children at risk. He was selected as a Global Shaper under 30 –an initiative of the World Economic Forum– where he worked on issues related to urban mobility. Pulkit holds a B.E. in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
Colin Steele is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in security and strategic studies. Beyond The Forum, he has worked with the national security journal War on the Rocks and published at The Strategy Bridge, the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), and High Country News. He is also a contributing editor on a monograph series being produced by the Maritime Studies Program at Fletcher.
A second-year MALD candidate with editorial and education experience, Ezra spent seven years in Istanbul prior to enrolling at Fletcher and is interested in new paradigms for U.S.-Turkey relations. He began his career as an editorial professional and worked at a New York-based philanthropy on their public relations team prior to relocating to Istanbul, where he taught academic ESL at a university and maintained a blog about life in Turkey. Ezra is a native of Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in journalism and international studies.
Elizabeth is a second-year MALD student pursuing a dual degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the Friedman School for Nutrition Policy at Tufts University. At Fletcher, she is studying international environment and resource policy and development economics. Before heading to Fletcher, she worked in Nicaragua, Colombia, DC, and New York on topics such as microfinance, supply chain policy, climate finance, public relations, and agricultural research. She holds a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and is a native of Arlington, VA.
Libby is a second-year MALD candidate specializing in international security, communications, and technology policy. Prior to Fletcher, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany and worked as a consultant for a public-sector IT organization. Libby holds a B.A. in Government and Hispanic Studies from The College of William & Mary.
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Sebastián is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in security studies and science and technology policy. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Sebastián worked in Washington D.C. for the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States, designing and implementing international security policy for Latin America and the Caribbean. Sebastián holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia
Swathi is a second-year MALD candidate focusing on human security and international political economy. Previously, she worked in India as a journalist at Scroll Media, an online news publication, and later joined the editorial desk at Reuters. She graduated from Sophia College, Mumbai with a degree in mass media.
Raunak is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in international business and development economics. Originally from India, before joining Fletcher he worked as an International Innovation Corp Fellow, consulting the Indian government on solar powered irrigation. He also worked with the office of the Minister of State for Finance in an experiential learning lab. Raunak holds a post graduate diploma in Liberal Arts from Ashoka University and completed his Bachelors in Engineering in computer science.