Travis Douglas Wheeler is a second-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School specializing in International Security Studies and International Negotiation. His current research interests include the fragmentation of the Pakistani Taliban, the emergence of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, and U.S. security policy in South Asia. Prior to Fletcher, Travis served as a senior policy advisor at The Institute for Inclusive Security, advocating for women’s inclusion in reconciliation, reintegration, and security processes in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University.
Rabia Altaf is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on Human Security and Conflict Resolution. She has a B.A. from American University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science. Having worked for the U.S. Department of Defense for nine years, she has mainly focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan having spent two years in Afghanistan on various deployments. Here at Al Nakhlah, she hopes to encourage the dissemination of new ideas and perspectives on Southwest Asia and the Islamic world that might not always make it into mainstream publications.
Amber Atteridge is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School concentrating in International Security Studies and Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Amber received her B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She also studied abroad in Alexandria, Egypt, in the fall of 2010 and spent a year as a team leader for AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps, working with FEMA in disaster relief and recovery. Academically, she is interested in the role of opposition parties and non-state actors in the greater Middle East, as well as United States foreign policy and security concerns regarding the Middle East and North Africa.
Ria Barber is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School, where she is focusing on International Security Studies and Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilizations. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Ria worked as a project manager and a consultant, which allowed her to develop her analytical and investigative skills in a visible and high-pressure environment. Ria is particularly interested in the relationship between religion and conflict, as well as the increasing role of communication-based technology in the international community.
Jack Berger is a 2nd-year MALD candidate focussing on the Middle East/North Africa region. He spent two years working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, where he spent his service working as an English teacher. After completing his first year at Fletcher, he spent three months in Amman, Jordan working for UNRWA in the Education Department. His academic interests center on youth development and education reform in MENA region, as well as the role of youth in peace building.
Emma Fredieu is a second-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on International Security Studies and International Conflict Resolution, with a particular interest in the challenge of implementing peace talks and negotiations with Islamic extremists. She has most recently interned with Search For Common Ground Lebanon’s office in Beirut. Prior to joining the Fletcher School, Emma worked for a regional government in Portland, Oregon, building stakeholder consensus for large-scale transportation development projects. Emma holds a B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.
Ellen Harvey is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Human Security. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in the humanitarian field with ACTED in South Sudan and Pakistan. In both posts, she worked with the Project Development Department developing proposals and managing donor relations. Earlier, she worked with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on the prison reform project in the occupied Palestinian Territory. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies.
Zachary Nusbaum is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School concentrating in International Finance and Banking and International Security Studies. In Summer 2013, he completed his service as a sergeant in the Paratrooper Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces. After his military service, Zachary conducted market research and managed assets for a real estate development firm on the Central Coast of California. He also completed an externship with a California law firm specializing in tax and estate law. At Fletcher, he hopes to leverage his experience in security, law, and business to conduct research on economic sanctions and combatting the finance of terrorism. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in Middle East Studies and a minor in History.
Clare O’Hare is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on Religion and Politics and Human Security. Before Fletcher, she worked in London and Dubai as a restructuring and insolvency lawyer for the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Clare was actively involved in establishing the firm’s MENA pro-bono and CSR committee during her time in Dubai. Clare also taught first and second year students at Zayed University in the UAE for a year before returning to Freshfields in London.
Jenn Wilson is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on International Security Studies and International Law. Before coming to Fletcher, Jenn was a legislative correspondent for a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, where she worked on issues related to defense, foreign policy, and intelligence. She previously worked as a teaching assistant for Northeastern University in Turkey, Germany, and Morocco.
Ali El Yassir is a first-year master’s student at The Fletcher School concentrating in International Security Studies and International Political Economy. Prior to Fletcher, Ali was a Researcher at Globesight and the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon, where his research and analysis focused on political and security issues in the Middle East. He also has worked at Human Rights Watch and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.
Kirsten Zeiter is a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on Gender Studies and International Organizations, with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. Before Fletcher, she spent two years as a Youth Development Volunteer in Peace Corps Morocco. While there, she worked with local women’s organizations and developed a region-wide initiative for girls’ sports. Kirsten became interested in international affairs and gender issues as an undergraduate student when she traveled to Cairo, Egypt, to study Arab feminisms and Middle East politics. She is interested in studying the gendered processes of democracy, governance, and political participation, particularly in the context of the Middle East.