2019 Next Generation Symposium

Introduction

The GPS Next Generation Symposium will convene an international cohort of 20-24 graduate students and young professionals for an intensive 5-day program examining international security challenges from a GPS perspective.

The symposium is scheduled to take place November 11-15, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The 2019 Next Gen Symposium is a part of a larger WIIS initiative to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) community.  Through this initiative, we seek to (1) advance knowledge about the gender dimensions of international security challenges; and (2) support a community of international security experts that is both diverse and knowledgeable about gender dynamics of complex international security challenges.

WIIS is grateful to Carnegie Corporation of New York for its generous support of the 2019 GPS Symposium.

Selection

WIIS recived 500 applicants for the 24 spots making the selection process extremely competitive.

WIIS is happy to report that it recieved its largest and most diverse pool of applicants to date. Some details about the make up of each round of the selection process can be found below.

The nationalities of the final cohort are represented on the map below.

Participants

Shikshya Adhikari

Graduate Assistant, Rockefeller College
Nepal
Shikshya Adhikari

Graduate Assistant, Rockefeller College

PhD Candidate in International Relations

       University at Albany, USA 

MA in Sociology BA in Liberal Arts

           Illinois State University, USA

BA in Liberal Arts

         St. John’s College, USA

Shikshya Adhikari is a PhD student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. She is an International Relations major, focusing on International Security and State Sponsorship of Terrorism. Her master’s degree focused on rural development. She has worked as a research supervisor for Rockefeller College’s Project on Violent Conflict and experience working in the field of international development including the earthquake emergency response in Nepal. She also has five years of teaching experience, as an elementary school teacher and teaching assistant.

Nepal

Rahaf Aldoughli

Lecturer, University of Manchester
Syria and UK
Rahaf Aldoughli

Lecturer, University of Manchester

PhD in Politics and International Relations

             Lancaster University, England

MA in Contemporary Literature Studies

            Lancaster University, England

BA in English Language and Literature

           Damascus University, Syria

Rahaf Aldoughli teaches Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, and is a Visiting Fellow at LSE Middle East Centre. Her research focuses on the association between the rise of nation-states in the Middle East and the perpetuation of militarism, despotism and fundamentalism, analysing militarism in the Arab context not only as an institution used by the state, but also as an ideology that perpetuates masculinity and gender bias. Rahaf was lecturer at the University of Manchester teaching Modern Middle Eastern History, based at the Centre for Cultural History of War. She is currently working on a book Constructing the Syrian Nation: Politics, Ideology and Gender.

Syria and UK

Nazifa Alizada

Operations and Outreach Manager, The V-Dem Institute
Afghanistan
Nazifa Alizada

Operations and Outreach Manager, The V-Dem Institute

MSc  in Global Studies

        University of Gothenburg, Sweden

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Minors in Gender Studies and Asian Studies

Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

Nazifa Alizada has taken various leadership, management and administrative roles in the public and private sector in Sweden, South Korea, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. In all these roles, she used her knowledge, experiences and skills as effective tools to fulfill her long-standing vision of making the world a more egalitarian and inclusive place for all and wishes to continue doing so in the future. Nazifa has an analytical mind and enjoys writing and research.

Afghanistan

Mutti Anggitta

Fulbright Scholar, SUNY
Indonesia
Mutti Anggitta

Fulbright Scholar, SUNY

PhD Candidate in Political Science, International Relations & Comparative Politics

           SUNY Albany, USA

MS in Science and Security

           King’s College, England

BA in International Relations

           University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Mutti Anggitta is currently a Fulbright PhD student in Political Science. Previously, she worked as a lecturer in the Department of International Relations in BINUS University. Her research interests include nuclear non-proliferation, the Korean Peninsula crises, the Iran nuclear deal, and CBRN terrorism. She is also a Certified Nuclear Security Professional with Specialization in Science and Engineering for Nuclear Security.

 

Indonesia

Mustafa Aryan

Director General of Policy and Strategy, OCE
Afghanistan
Mustafa Aryan

Director General of Policy and Strategy, OCE

MA in International Security Studies

University of Reading, United Kingdom

MA in International Relations

University of Afghanistan, Kabul

Diploma in Politics and Diplomacy

Institute of Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan

BA in Social Science

Kabul University, Afghanistan  

Mustafa Aryan has around 10 years of work experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan and in the UK. At present, he’s working as Director of Policy and Strategy at the Office of the Chief Executive of Afghanistan (OCE). During his academic and professional careers, Mustafa has attended several workshops and conferences such as Disaster Management in Beijing, China (May, 2015); conference on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Development Planning Process in Afghanistan in Dubai, UAE (April, 2016); Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security in The Hague Academy for Local Governance, in The Netherlands (Oct, 2019) and so forth. Also, in July 2018, Mustafa attended the 56th United Nations Graduate Study Programme in UN headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland. During his master’s studies in the UK, he was a Masters Ambassador and also received the Red Award. He also received several appreciation letters from different organizations for his achievements. Mustafa is interested in peace, security, great power politics, and intelligence studies.

Afghanistan

Çağlayan Başer

Research Scholar, UIUC
Turkey
Çağlayan Başer

Research Scholar, UIUC

PhD Candidate in Political Science

       Loyola University Chicago, USA

MA in Cultural Management

      Bigli University, Turkey 

BSc in International Relations

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Çağlayan Başer is an instructor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on questions related to political violence and gender, and combines insights from both interpretive and positivist literatures in political science. Her dissertation examines how the operation of rebel groups is shaped by gendered dynamics and uses statistical analyses of observational and experimental data, as well as qualitative case studies based on primary sources. Her research is published in World Politics. She has been teaching courses on gender and security, social justice, race and ethnicity, and international relations.

Turkey

Zoya Belmesova

National Policy and Planning Officer, OSCE Programme Office
Kyrgyzstan
Zoya Belmesova

National Policy and Planning Officer, OSCE Programme Office

MA in Comparative Local Development

            Consortium of universities, Hungary, Germany, 

            Italy, Slovenia

BA in International and Comparative Politics

           American University Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Zoya Belmesova works for the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) mission in Kyrgyzstan focusing on politico-military and human dimensions of security. Her professional and research interests include the role of international organizations in shaping regional security, the New Great Game, Nuclear power politics, human development, and women’s and youth empowerment. Zoya is a member of EvalYouth ECA, a regional chapter of the global network of young and emerging evaluators EvalYouth, where she helps run a mentorship program for young professionals from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus.

Kyrgyzstan

Chantel Cole

Research Assistant, Queen's University
Canada
Chantel Cole

Research Assistant, Queen's University

MA in Political Studies

            Queen’s University, Canada

BA in International Development Studies & Political Science

            University of Toronto, Canada

Chantel Cole is the Executive Director of the Women in International Security-Canada, Toronto chapter and a Research Assistant at Queen’s University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and development studies. In particular, she is interested in understanding the causes and dynamics of organized criminal violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chantel has field experience in Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. She will begin her doctoral studies in the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in September 2020. She hopes to coalesce her research training and expertise in politics, development, gender, violence, and conflict to work in academia, a research institute, government or in an international organization to develop tangible solutions towards the goal of combating organized violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Canada

Felicia Dede Addy

Political Officer, Embassy of Japan
Ghana
Felicia Dede Addy

Political Officer, Embassy of Japan

MA in International Affairs 

       The Legon Center for International Affairs and 

        Diplomacy, University of Ghana, Ghana

BA in Political Science

Felicia Dede Addy is the political officer of the Embassy of Japan in Ghana where she liaises with civil society groups such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center to coordinate the Embassy’s support for security and peace-building in the West African Sub-region. She is a member of the African Youth Panel  (AYP), a network of young persons on the continent working to influence youth policy through advocacy, empowerment and leadership. She is the coordinator for the AYP Ghana Chapter. Prior to joining the Embassy of Japan, Felicia was the Programmes Coordinator for the Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), an organization committed to building the capacity of journalists in gender reporting. She also helped in the rehabilitation and reintegration of freed ‘Trokosi’ slave girls in Ghana in her previous role as the programmes officer for the Baptist Relief and Development Agency.

Ghana

Merve Erdilmen

PhD Student, McGill
Turkey
Merve Erdilmen

PhD Student, McGill

PhD Candidate in Political Science 

         McGill University, Canada

MA in Political Science

          Mcgill University, Canda

BS in Sociology

          Middle East Technical University, Turkey

BA in Philosophy

          Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Merve Erdilmen is a PhD Student, who’s research interests include localization of humanitarianism, peace-building, gender and forced migration, international practices of refugee regime, and humanitarian development initiatives in the Middle East. Merve’s research is supported by Mitacs Globalink (2016-2018) Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (2016-2018), McGill Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (2017-2018), and the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (2019).

Turkey

Farnush Ghadery

Visiting Lecturer, King’s College
Germany
Farnush Ghadery

Visiting Lecturer, King’s College

PhD Candidate in Law

        Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, UK

LLM in Transnational Law

         Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, UK

LLB in German Law

         University of Birmingham, UK

Farnush Ghadery is a Visiting Lecturer and PhD Candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. She was a recipient of the Yeoh Tiong Lay LLM Scholarship and is currently the recipient of the Dickson Poon Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Farnush’s PhD project examines women’s rights and women’s participation in the context of the United Nations 'Women, Peace and Security’ agenda in post-conflict states and analyses the international framework set up for these purposes. Her research focuses on the relationship of the United Nations with local women’s civil society in such post-conflict states, focusing on the case study of Afghanistan.

Germany

Melodie Ha

Research Assistant, NDU
United States
Melodie Ha

Research Assistant, NDU

MA in Security Studies

           Georgetown University, USA

BA in Political Science

          Wellesley College, USA

BA in Chinese Language and Culture

           Wellesley College, USA

Melodie Ha is a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies. Her research areas include Chinese military affairs, U.S.-China relations, and cybersecurity and emerging technologies. Prior to this, she worked at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and the Center for a New American Security. Melodie served as a David L. Boren Fellow to China in 2016 at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

United States

Ibrahim Abdulmajeed

Regulatory Engineer
Nigeria
Ibrahim Abdulmajeed

Regulatory Engineer

PhD in Safety Engineering and Disaster Control

        Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria

BA in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) 

        Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria

MA of Science Engineering  

        Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria 

Ibrahim Abdulmajeed is a Regulatory Engineer with The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority at the Department of Nuclear Safety Security and Safeguards, he is charged with the responsibility of protecting life and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, he has a keen interest in issues of Nuclear Safety, Security and Non Proliferation of WMD and to ensure the safe operation of Nuclear Technology, Security of Nuclear facilities and materials. He desires to see that the World is free from the threat of weapons of Mass destruction, which also includes biological and chemical weapons. He was also a visiting fellow at the James Martin Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies Monterey USA.

Nigeria

Elinor McNamee

Women, Peace and Security Specialist, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Canada
Elinor McNamee

Women, Peace and Security Specialist, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada

MSc in Women, Peace and Security

        London School of Economics, UK

BA in International Studies

       Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

Elinor McNamee is a Women, Peace and Security Specialist at the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Elinor has previously worked in trade, humanitarian, and non-profit sectors, always centering human security and gender equality in her work. Elinor co-founded Young Gen for Inclusive Peace, a research and advocacy platform dedicated to promoting the inclusion of young voices in advancing the WPS agenda. Elinor is also a contributor at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, and a regular guest lecturer at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Elinor served as an elected student representative during both her graduate and undergraduate studies, has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council (Vancouver Branch) and Leave Out Violence Society BC, and was a member of the International Humanitarian Law Steering Committee for the Canadian Red Cross in BC & Yukon. 

 

Canada

Mónica Mendez Caballero

Security & Defense Policy Advisor
Mexico
Mónica Mendez Caballero

Security & Defense Policy Advisor

MBA in Top Management 

          IPADE Business School, Mexico

BA in Political Science 

        ITAM, Mexico

Mónica Mendez Caballero is a political scientist specialized in policy design for security, defense, and rule of law sector. Her work focuses on analyzing the Security Sector Reform in Mexico. While at public service, her work designing and implementing a Strategic Management Model for public security agencies was awarded with the 3rd place of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 2017 Contest on Management for Development Results (MfDR). Mónica has technically assisted the Guatemalan Ministry of Government and the National Civil Police in planning methodologies to strengthen public security institutions. And she had taught the subject "Strategic planning tools for police operation" in the Program for Police Command presented by the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) and the National Commission of Security. She has served in the Federal Government of Mexico, as Deputy General Director at the National Commission of Security; as Director at the Secretariat of the National Security Council; as advisor to Undersecretaries at the Secretary of Interior and at the Secretary of Civil Service. 

Mexico

Dismas Ndayikengurukiye

Coordinator, Greenland Alliance
Burundi
Dismas Ndayikengurukiye

Coordinator, Greenland Alliance

MPhil in International Peace Studies

           Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

BA in English Language and Literature

  University of Burundi, Burundi

Dismas Ndayikengurukiye works as a Coordinator at Greenland Alliance. He recently graduated with Distinction in Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Being part of the Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI), he is very passionate about leadership and peace with focus on gender issues in post-conflict contexts. He volunteered with different local youth organisations in conducting trainings on leadership, non-violence and conflict resolution, and gender topics.

Burundi

Amanda Trea Phua

Senior Analyst, RSIS
Singapore
Amanda Trea Phua

Senior Analyst, RSIS

MSc in International Relations

            RSIS, Singapore

BA in English literature 

           Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Amanda Trea Phua is Senior Analyst at the United States Programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (SRSIS), Singapore. Amanda previously worked as an international news producer and editor-in-chief of an interdisciplinary arts publication. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations theory, gender studies, and critical social thought.

 

Singapore

Emily Sample

Executive Director, Genocide Prevention Program, George Mason University
United States
Emily Sample

Executive Director, Genocide Prevention Program, George Mason University

PhD Candidate Conflict Analysis and Resolution

            George Mason University, USA

MA in Human rights and Genocide Studies

             Kingston University, England

BA in History; Russian & Post-Soviet Studies 

            The College of William and Mary, USA

Emily Sample is the Executive Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and is in the process of earning her PhD. Previously, she has worked as Associate Director of Education at Holocaust Museum Houston and for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Ugandan National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, as well as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her research interests include sexual-and gender-based violence, climate change mitigation, and mass atrocity prevention.

 

United States

Ana Sanchez Cobaleda

Visiting Researcher, University of Leiden
Spain
Ana Sanchez Cobaleda

Visiting Researcher, University of Leiden

PhD candidate in International Public Law

           Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

MA in International Law (LL.M.)

           Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

MA in International Organizations & Cooperation

           Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

BA in Law

          Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Ana Sanchez Cobaleda's PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona focused on the international legal regime of dual-use goods and how it relates to the non-proliferation of WMD. Currently, she is a visiting researcher at the University of Leiden and holds a post-doc position at ESADEGeo. She is an Alumni of the OECD’s NEA International School of Nuclear Law and a member of the Chaudfontaine Group on strategic trade control. Ana has been a visiting researcher at the KU Leuven, the University of Geneva, the University of Amsterdam and the Council of Europe. Previously she had worked as a lawyer for both the private sector –at a Law firm- and the public sector –at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP’s Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean)
Spain

Sophie Schor

PhD Student, Korbel School
United States
Sophie Schor

PhD Student, Korbel School

PhD in International Studies 

        Korbel School of International Studies, USA

MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

       Rothberg International School at Hebrew 

        University, Jerusalem

B.A. in Government

         Smith College, USA

Sophie Schor’s work focuses on the intersection of nonviolent civil resistance and feminist movements in Israel/Palestine. Her research interests include spatial politics, critical political theory, language, and community-based research approaches. Her previous work includes a historical ethnography of feminist peace movements in Israel, focusing on Women Wage Peace; a critical reading of Hebrew language textbooks; and an analysis of bus-routes and borders in Jerusalem. She was a member of the first ever women’s group of Combatants for Peace, and served on the steering committee of Sumud Freedom Camp in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied Palestinian territories.

United States

Madison Schramm

Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy, University of Notre Dame
United States
Madison Schramm

Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy, University of Notre Dame

PhD Candidate in International Relations 

        Georgetown University, USA

MA in Government 

       Georgetown University, USA

BA in Political Science 

      Sarah Lawrence College, USA

Madison Schramm is the Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. Next year, she will be joining the International Security Center at the University of Notre Dame as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy. Her research focuses on international security, the domestic politics of foreign policy, political psychology, and gender and foreign policy. Madison has previously worked with the Council on Foreign Relations; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Yale University's Political Violence FieldLab; and the RAND Corporation.

United States

Smita Singh

Assistant Committee Officer, Parliament of India
India
Smita Singh

Assistant Committee Officer, Parliament of India

PhD Candidate in Diplomacy & Disarmament Division

          Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

MA in Politics  

           Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

M.Phil in Disarmament and Diplomacy Division

           Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

BA in Political Science 

          University of Calcutta, India

Smita Singh is currently working as an Assistant Committee Officer in the Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs. Previously, she held the position of an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship in both International Relations and Political Science from the University Grants Commission, India. Her research interest lies in the areas of foreign policy analysis, comparative government, strategic and nuclear policy, and gender politics.

India

Dallin Van Leuven

Program Manager, Search for Common Ground
American
Dallin Van Leuven

Program Manager, Search for Common Ground

Dallin Van Leuven's primary focus is on countering violent extremism (CVE) and peacebuilding, but he has worked on a number of issues at the junction of justice, conflict, and gender in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. With Search for Common Ground (Search), where he has worked for the past four years, he has researched the drivers of radicalization across the Middle East, led the creation of Search’s CVE guide and training curriculum, and advised on the UN Women-funded research project “Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan.” Van Leuven has co-authored a number of research studies, including Search’s “Youth and Contentious Politics in Lebanon: Drivers of Marginalization and Radicalization in Tripoli,” the United Nations Development Programme’s “Kosovo-Wide Assessment of Perceptions of Radicalisation at the Community Level,” and a book chapter on ISIL’s unprecedented use of gendered strategies to recruit foreign men and women, which was published in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond. Van Leuven is a native of the state of Idaho in the United States and currently resides in Rome, Italy.

 

American

Jana Wattenberg

Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies
Germany
Jana Wattenberg

Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies

PhD Candidate in International Politics

         Aberystwyth University, UK

MA in International Studies/ Peace & Conflict Studies 

        Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

BA in Sociological European Studies 

       University of Bremen, Germany

Jana Wattenberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University and the Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies. She holds a BA from the University of Bremen in Sociological European Studies and an MA in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies from Goethe University Frankfurt. She is currently working on research projects on ideas about nuclear weapons and disarmament, nuclear stigmatization and women in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Germany