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Shahla Ali – London 2015
Shahla joined ID in September 2015. She has over five years of experience in the international development sector. Her Master’s dissertation at the University of Bath was on understanding the impact of humanitarian interventions on weak states and their capacity to deliver healthcare services, wherein lessons were drawn from the East Timorese experience. At the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, she worked on programs in Asia, Africa and the Western Balkans and successfully initiated the Sri Lanka parliamentary strengthening program. She has formulated funding proposals and conducted training sessions in smaller human rights NGOs and engaged with rural communities on livelihood programs at the United Nations Development Programme.
Her passion in international relations and diplomacy stems from her time at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka. She was the focal point for analyzing Maldivian politics and lead contributor to policy development in the Maldives. She advised the British High Commissioner, Ministers and colleagues at the FCO in formulating positions during times of political crises. She has also worked collectively with the UK’s Department of Energy and Environment in assisting the Maldives to target its climate advocacy and securing international action on climate change.
John Harley Breen – London 2015-16
John joined ID in January 2016. He holds an MA International Relations from Queen Mary University of London where his research focused on identity, ideology, political violence, authoritarian regimes, and revolutions, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. He also studied international political economy of development and U.S. foreign policy. John graduated with distinction from Queen Mary and was awarded the J. Ann Tickner Prize for his dissertation on the rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, which examined how various state and transnational non-state actors can cause the state and its society to come into conflict.
John has a professional background in media and human rights having spent time working in the radio industry as a producer and researcher. Most recently he spent time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working as the Advocacy Consultant for LICADHO, a leading Cambodian human rights NGO. John’s role involved managing domestic/international advocacy, coordinating field investigations into human rights abuses, conducting international policy analysis, and the composition of reports, briefing papers, and media statements.
While at LICADHO, John briefed the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, on the human rights situation in Cambodia. He also travelled to Geneva where he addressed and lobbied the UN Human Rights Committee as they reviewed Cambodia’s human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Matt Edbrooke – London 2015-16
Matt joined ID in December 2015, having recently completed an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. As part of this course, he wrote a dissertation that focused on the growing obligations of non-state actors in the international human rights regime, using case studies located in Kosovo and Somalia. This focus on the politics of international law is also reflected in his undergraduate dissertation, which looked to explain how the International Criminal Court could close the enforcement gaps that its structure allows for, based on case studies from Kenya and the DRC.
Prior to and in between these degrees, Matt interned for REDRESS, a human rights NGO that seeks justice for victims of torture, and for a number of MPs and other organisations based in Westminster, where he produced research reports in conjunction with UN and other intergovernmental staff. When he’s not in the office, Matt runs a blog, Beyond the State, which builds on the topic of his Master’s dissertation.
Arianna Faraco – Brussels 2015-16
Arianna joined ID in January 2015. In 2014, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs at University of Bologna Italy, where she focused on security issues in South-East Asia. Her dissertation was the result of a six-month research project in Myanmar where she analyzed the triangular relationship between Yangon, Beijing and Washington from a security prospective. Previously, she obtained a First Class Honors Degree in Political Science at University of Roma Tre.
Before joining ID, Arianna served as Operations Assistant at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. She also worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, where she significantly strengthened her diplomatic and negotiation skills. During her studies, she interned at a local NGO in Yangon where she participated in a series of lectures on International Relations Theories. Arianna is also a contributing writer for an Italian online journal.
Arianna is an Italian native speaker and she also speaks English, French and Spanish.
Anna Reumert – Middle East and North Africa Fellow (New York, 2016)
Anna has a long background in civil society activism and development work in the Middle East. She graduated from the Master’s Program in Near Eastern Studies at New York University in spring 2015 and speaks Arabic from years of study in the region, most recently as an Arabic Fellow at American University of Beirut last summer. For her Master’s thesis at NYU, Anna conducted fieldwork among Syrian refugees in Beirut, mapping the sectarian and political topography of the Syrian exile population in Beirut. The thesis offers a critical discussion of the discursive and operative framework of the humanitarian networks in Lebanon. Anna was awarded two graduate student prizes at NYU for this research and has presented excerpts of it at conferences.
Prior to living in New York, Anna graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Social Anthropology from University of Gothenburg in Spring 2013. As part of these degrees, Anna conducted a year of independent fieldwork on youth and political activism in three international settings: the highlands Vietnam, the Palestinian West Bank and among young Afghan refugees in Copenhagen, Denmark. During her time in Gothenburg, Anna was editor-in-chief of Utblick, the Swedish student magazine for foreign affairs, and hosted a radio program on international politics for Gothenburg Student Radio. In addition to her academic achievements, Anna has been involved in development work and political activism, most notably as council member and youth facilitator for Action Aid Denmark and as board member of the Swedish Association for Foreign Affairs (UF). As part of her engagement with Action Aid, she led a cultural and political dialogue trip for a Danish student delegation to Syria and Lebanon in winter 2011, during which they met with political and civic actors in both countries. In addition to this project, Anna has lived and studied in Syria and Lebanon, and has close connections to the Syrian civil society and refugee network. In addition to her engagement with the Middle East, Anna has worked as a youth volunteer in rural Tanzania and travelled extensively in East Africa.
Prior to joining ID, Anna interned with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York, where she assisted the Ambassador and his delegates with writing statements, covering meetings on behalf of the mission and conducting research on the Security Council and conflict resolution.
Shatha Yasin – Middle East and North Africa Fellow (New York, 2015-16)
Shatha joined ID in September 2015. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, where she focused on international relations and comparative politics, and completed graduate courses on foreign policy and diplomacy at the Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, Shatha served as a research assistant on various research projects related to public policy, international mass movements and political psychology. She was heavily involved with the International Relations Council and served as Director of Administration for the 2013 Harvard MUN conference. Prior to joining ID, Shatha was a research intern at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, assessing developments in the MENA region as part of Graham Allison’s team. She has worked at Al-Haq, a human rights NGO based in the West Bank, as well as the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute. Shatha is passionate about diplomacy, international relations, international law, and international development, and hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of those fields.