Contributors

Rizwan Ladha is a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School studying nuclear nonproliferation and security. He has experience at the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard University, at Ploughshares Fund in Washington DC, and at Pacific Northwest National Lab in Seattle. He earned his graduate degree from The Fletcher School and his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech.

Micah Peckarsky, Fletcher MALD 2013, is a second-year student concentrating in International Security Studies and Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization. Prior to Fletcher, Micah worked as an analyst for Helios Global, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based government contractor, on international security issues and political trends, focusing on the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Middle East Studies from McGill University in Montreal.

Editors

Editors-in-Chief

Lisa De Bode, MALD 2013, is a graduate student in political theory and gender studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is the author of The Quiet Revolution, a work of narrative nonfiction about the impact of 9/11 on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, which was awarded the 2011 Dutch national youth foreign reporting prize. She provides editorial assistance at islawmix.org, a project of The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University reviewing stories on Islamic law in American media, and blogs at The Huffington Post.

Claire Duffett, MALD 2013, is a second-year student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she focuses on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and Human Security. Before coming to Fletcher, Claire worked as a journalist for a number of years, most recently in Syria.

Assistant Editors

Cara Bidwell is a second-year Master’s degree candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy concentrating in international development and public policy. Cara holds a B.A. from Northeastern University with a focus in journalism and international affairs. Prior to Fletcher Cara was a paralegal at an international law firm, volunteered with domestic violence victims in Connecticut, and spent a spring in Masaka, Uganda creating a women’s empowerment program for a microfinance organization. Recently, during summer 2012, Cara was the Africa Programs intern at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an NGO in Washington, D.C. dedicated to improving women’s lives in developing countries. 

Ilana Blum is a first year MALD student specializing in international law and international security studies, with emphasis on security in Eurasia and Central Asia.  Before attending Fletcher, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  While there, she interned with the Danish Refugee Council and wrote grants for livelihood programs for Afghan refugees living in Tajikistan.  As an undergraduate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, she majored in International Affairs and Middle Eastern studies. Ilana also studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and studied Arabic and migration law.  Her experiences in Cairo and Tajikistan encouraged her interest in the cultural, economic and geopolitical dynamics of Central Asia and the Middle East and the development of civil society in the region. 

Loghman Fattahi, MALD 2013, is a second-year master candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he focuses on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Political Economy. In May 2011, he received his B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. As a Pickering Fellow, he worked for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State in the summer of 2011.

Julia Lindau, MALD 2013, is a second-year student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and is focusing in Human Security. Before coming to Fletcher, she worked for UNRWA in Lebanon. Julia received her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Raphael Mimoun is a first year Master's student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, concentrating in International Security Studies and Public International Law. Prior to Fletcher, Raphael studied in Israel and Germany and interned with the Delegation of the European Union to Israel. His interests lie in Middle-Eastern affairs, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab relations, conflict studies, international law relating to the use of force, international organizations and European integration. 

Stephen Monroe, Fletcher MALD 2013, is a second-year student concentrating in Development Economics and Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization. Before Fletcher, Stephen worked for a microfinance NGO in Senegal and then interned for the U.S. delegation to UNESCO. He received his B.A. in International Relations at Stanford University.

Joseph Simons, Fletcher MALD 2013, is a second-year student concentrating in International Security Studies and Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization. Prior to Fletcher, he worked at the Conflict Records Research Center at the National Defense University, a research archive of captured records from Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellow in Egypt and received his B.A. from McGill University in Political Science and Middle East Studies.

Phoebe Sloane is a first-year Master’s candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on development economics and monitoring and evaluation for international development. Phoebe holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. During college she studied abroad in Lebanon and Egypt where she wrote for local English-language newspapers. Before coming to Fletcher, Phoebe taught high school in Lebanon at International College and also received a Fulbright grant to study Hikayat Simsim, the USAID-funded Jordanian version of Sesame Street. Most recently, Phoebe worked in the Social Impact Research department of Root Cause, a Cambridge-based nonprofit consulting firm.

Elly Teitsworth, MALD 2014, is a first-year student focusing on Development Economics and Conflict Resolution.  Prior to Fletcher, she interned as an editor and translator with a women’s issues journal in Damascus, worked for an oil and gas legal consultancy firm in Beirut, and taught mathematics and statistics at Abaarso Tech University in Somaliland.  She received her B.A. in Mathematics and Arabic from Williams College.