About Us

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.

The editorial board of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs believes that the publication’s audience values and expects the inclusion of conflicting viewpoints. The publication’s title, The Forum, suggests a public meeting place for open discussion.

In this spirit, The Forum website hosts online-only articles by a wider range of authors and allows authors and readers to engage in dialogue through comments on articles. The Forum is a place for open professional exchanges across institutions and continents. We welcome participation by academics, practitioners, and students from across the globe.

The views and opinions expressed in the journal and on our website are solely those of individual authors and should not be regarded as reflecting any official opinion or position of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Tufts University, or its faculty. Further, the ideas expressed in Fletcher Forum articles should not be presumed to reflect the positions and/or ideas of the authors' employers, unless otherwise noted. 



Editor-in-Chief and Business Team


Maria Selde, Editor-in-Chief

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.


Thomas Carugati, Business Director

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. 

Print Team


Zareera Bukhari, Managing Print Editor

Zareera is a second year MALD student studying international business relations and international economic law. At Fletcher, she has been involved in research for the U.S. State Department's Diplomacy Lab, and has worked on country desk reviews for the Office of the United States High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Zareeraspent the summer at the New York office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Before Fletcher, she studied Political Science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and was working in the microfinance sector in Pakistan, designing policy aimed at the financial inclusion of rural farming households.


Paige Gasser, Senior Print Editor

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.


Seher Vora, Senior Print Editor

Seher is a second-year MALD student concentrating in Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and Human Security. She is particularly interested in the Palestine/Israel conflict and has researched and published on this topic with the HKS Negotiation Project. Before Fletcher, she worked in corporate immigration law as a paralegal and completed a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Linguistics from the University of California, Irvine.


Joel Anguiano, Senior Print Editor

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.


Eriko Stronach, Print Staff Editor

Eriko is a second-year MALD candidate focusing on Pacific-Asia regional security. Prior to Fletcher, she taught English in Japan on the JET Program and worked as a diplomatic assistant at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Japanese Language and Literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Chloe Logan, Print Staff Editor

Chloe is a first-year MALD concentrating in international security studies. Prior to Fletcher, she worked as an English teacher in central France for a year, followed by two years of automotive data analysis. Chloe hails from metro Detroit and holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in French and applied statistics.


Prianka Mohan, Legal Staff Editor

Prianka is an LLM candidate from India concentrating on international economic laws. Prior to Fletcher, she worked with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, a law firm, and Ernst & Young in the international trade teams primarily assisting in trade remedy actions. Prianka has a BB.A. LL.B. from the National Law University, Jodhpur.

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Emma Friedheim, Print Staff Editor

Emma is a first-year MALD candidate concentrating in nternational communication and ecurity studies. rior to joining Fletcher, she spent the last four years working at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on public diplomacy and human rights programs. Emma grew up in Northern Virginia and holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.


Web Team


Pulkit Aggrwal, Managing Director for Digital and External Affairs

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, Managing Editor for Digital and External Affairs

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.


Ezra Mannix, Senior Web Editor

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.   


Gary Sampson, Senior Web Editor

Gary is a first-year Ph.D. student focusing on International Security Studies and Pacific Asia. An 18-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he has enjoyed assignments in Japan, Taiwan, Hawaii, California, and Colorado prior to moving to Boston. He originally hails from Lincoln, Nebraska. Gary holds graduate degrees from National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C. and National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan.


Swathi Cholapurath, Senior Web Editor

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. 


Britta Wilhelmsen, Web Staff Editor

Britta is a first-year MALD student focusing on international negotiation and conflict resolution as it pertains to U.S. policy towards Latin America. Before coming to Fletcher, she spent a year teaching English and writing for local blogs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a B.A. in international studies from the University of Michigan, where she also worked on the development campaign team.

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Mariya Ilyas, Web Staff Editor

Mariya is a second-year MALD focusing on international security, global maritime affairs, and finance and banking. Prior to Fletcher, she taught journalism in Pakistan (Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship); taught English in Turkey (Fulbright Scholarship); served at The White House and the U.S. Department of State; and worked for a fortune-100 insurance company in Boston as a business analyst. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013 with degrees in Mathematics, Sociology and Government. She was born in Pakistan and grew up in Alexandria, VA. Upon graduation, Mariya will join the U.S. Foreign Service as part of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. 

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Grishma Rimal, Web Staff Editor

Grishma is a first-year MALD candidate from Nepal concentrating in development economics and international organizations. Prior to Fletcher, she worked as an education reporter for a regional newspaper in Atlanta. Grishma graduated from Troy University, AL, with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science.


Elissa Miller, Web Staff Editor

Elissa a first year MALD studying international security studies and international political economy. She is also the Regional Editor for Egypt at Harvard's Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Prior to Fletcher, Elissa was an Assistant Director at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where she focused on North Africa research and programming. She is currently a Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Elissa holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. 

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Colin Wall, Web Staff Editor

Colin is a first-year MATA candidate studying transatlantic affairs, international security studies and international organizations. Prior to Fletcher, Colin was an assistant paralegal in the Boston office of Holland & Knight, an international law firm. Before that, he interned at The Stimson Center, where he assisted on research projects pertaining to transnational security issues. Colin holds a B.A. in Government and International Studies from Franklin & Marshall College.

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Matthew Hilgendorf, Web Staff Editor

Matt is a first-year MALD candidate studying human security and development economics. Prior to Fletcher, he was a member of the resource development team at CARE, an international non-governmental organization focused on poverty alleviation, based at their U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Emory University.

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Courtney Hulse, External Relations Associate

Courtney is a first-year MALD candidate studying international security and international negotiation and conflict resolution. Prior to Fletcher, she was a member of the policy team at the United Nations Foundation in New York City, where she focused on sustainable development and UN reform. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.


Advisory Board

Yasushi Akashi
Eileen Babbitt
Emma Belcher
Johannes A. Binnendijk
Elise Crane
Alan K. Henrikson
Deborah Nutter
Farah Pandith
David Reidy
Tim Ridout
Rodolfo C. Severino
Dorothy Meadow Sobol
Shashi Tharoor