POLICY

Every semester, we complete policy research under the guidance and mentorship of officials within U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, non-profits, and think tanks.


We are deeply appreciative of the support that our partners (below) provide in doing their part to offer real-world training to the next generation. Each project is completed by a team of undergraduates led by a policy chair (listed).

Current officials and offices interested in advising future policy projects are welcome to contact the appropriate Senior Director of Policy for more information:

Senior Director of Policy for U.S. Government:

Sama Kubba | samakubba@college.harvard.edu

Senior Director of Policy for Foreign Governments:

Fawwaz Shoukfeh | fawwazshoukfeh@college.harvard.edu

Senior Director of Policy for International Organizations, Think Tanks, & Businesses:

Hamaad Mehal | hamaadmehal@college.harvard.edu

*We do not take any formal policy positions as an organization to ensure the impartial research and learning of our members. Our policy teams strictly operate under the mentorship of the following organizations; these projects do not represent formal employment arrangements.

FALL 2021

U.S. Department of Defense

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Office of the Secretary of Defense

fBishop Garrison, Senior Advisor on Human Capital and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Deputy Director of Policy: Maddy Gavitt

U.S. Department of State

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Expo Unit

Anthony Pahigian, Expo Senior Advisor

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Deputy Director of Policy: Matt Kiley

U.S. Department of Defense

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U.S. Africa Command

Dr. Eric Miller, Assistant for Intelligence Analysis

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Deputy Director of Policy: Matt Kiley

U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Embassy Angola

Nina Maria Fite, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Angola

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Deputy Director of Policy: Matt Kiley

U.S. Department of Defense

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U.S. Space Force

COL John Smail, Senior Cyber Officer

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Embassy Guatemala

Jenifer Neidhart de Ortiz, Political-Economic Counselor

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Deputy Director of Policy: Maddy Gavitt

U.S. Department of State

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Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA)

Roger Carstens, SPEHA
Joel Borkert, Strategic Policy Advisor

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Republic of Chile

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chilean Ambassador to the U.S.

Senior Director of Policy: Fawwaz Shoukfeh

Deputy Director of Policy: Luis Esteva Sueiro

Palestinian National Authority

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Central Bureau of Statistics

Dr. Ola Awad, President

Haleema Saeed, Director General of IR Directorate

Senior Director of Policy: Fawwaz Shoukfeh

Deputy Director of Policy: George Whitford

European Union

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European Court of Justice

Vivien Terrien, Référendaire at General Court of the E.U.

Senior Director of Policy: Fawwaz Shoukfeh

Kingdom of Morocco

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National Human Rights Council

Fath El Habti, Head of the European System, America and International NGO Division

Senior Director of Policy: Fawwaz Shoukfeh

European Union

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European Commission

Vivien Terrien, Référendaire at General Court of the E.U.

Senior Director of Policy: Fawwaz Shoukfeh

Council on Strategic Risks

The Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons

Andy Weber, Senior Fellow

Senior Director of Policy: Hamaad Mehal

Deputy Director of Policy: Rohan Jakhete

Facebook

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Content Policy Team

Abby Fanlo, Associate Content Policy Manager

Senior Director of Policy: Hamaad Mehal

Deputy Director of Polcy: Eleanor Wikstrom

Center for a New American Security

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Military, Veterans, and Society Program

 

Katherine Kuzminski, Senior Fellow

Senior Director of Policy: Hamaad Mehal

Deputy Director of Policy: Rohan Jakhete

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SPRING 2021

Defense Security Command of the Republic of Korea

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Former Commander Lt. Gen. Kim Young-han

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chairs: Esther Kim & Angie Shin

Researchers: Joshua Lee, Arjun Akwei, Eura Choi, & Maxwell Horne

Republic of Sudan

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Ministry of Finance

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chair: Reem Ali

Researchers: Aden Barton & Ali Makani

The White House

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National Security Council Director for Russia

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chair: Randle Steinbeck

Researchers: Robert Zipper, Hemanth Asirvatham, Suchetas Bokil, Rohan Shah, & Liam De Monaco

The White House

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National Security Council Director for European Affairs

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chair: Luis Esteva Sueiro

Researchers: Elliott Detjen, Willem Ebbinge, Jack Leland, Stephanie Lin, Elliott Mokski, & Ryan Tierney

U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Mission to NATO

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chairs: Emmy Cho & Fawwaz Shoukfeh

Researchers: Josiah Meadows, Rosanna Kataja, Luca D'Amico-Wong, Erin Guetzloe, Camden Archambeau, Litsa Kapsalis, Hyuntae Choi, & Colin McGinn

Government of Peru

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Peruvian Congress

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chairs: Alejandra Perea Rojas & Juan Venancio

Researchers: Jorge Ruiz, Diana Gandara, Sarah Farley, Melanie Armella, Anna Farronay, Emily Ramirez, & Sophie Lucas

Government of Ukraine

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Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chair: Noah Dasanaike

Researchers: Lucero Castaneda, Carrie Hsu, Rachel Harris, Matt Kiley, & Aidan Wrenn-Walz

Government of Pakistan

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Deputy Director of Policy: Hamaad Mehal

Policy Chair: Andrew Gordan

Researchers: Michael Gilbertsen, Nabin Poudel, Parita Shah, Ang Sonam Sherpa, Alex Walsh, & Kento Yamada

Government of Sweden

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Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chair: Gaby Pesantez

Researchers: Shelby Tzung, Anuksha Wickramasinghe, Madison Eagan, & Rasmee Ky

U.S. Department of State

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Special Mission to Venezuela

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chairs: Max Shakespeare & Erta Kurti

Researchers: Sarah Deonarain, Roman Ugarte, Anders Ode, Christina Morris, & Akhila Yalvigi

United Nations

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Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chairs: Max Shakespeare & Shruthi Kumar

Researchers: Brammy Rajakumar, Daniela Betancourt, Heidi Jacobson, Henry Austin, Shreya Nair, & Varshini Odayar

U.S. Senator Chris Coons

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Senate Committee for Bi-Partisan Climate Solutions

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chairs: Lucas Walsh & Myer Johnson-Potter

Researchers: Betsey Bennett, Charles Hua, Alida Monaco, & Elie Salem

U.S. Department of the Interior

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National Climate Adaptation Science Center

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chairs: Lucas Walsh & Talia Blatt

Researchers: Rick Brown, Rosa Flores-Rueda, Klara Kuemmerle, Lap Nguyen, Alexandra Purcell, & Jack Walker

USAID

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U.S. Mission to Iraq

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chair: Maddy Gavitt

Researchers: Iman Alshawk, Hannah Bottarel, Cara Chang, Kate
De Groote, Nadia Douglas, & Lucy Tu

Government of Egypt

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Egyptian Parliament

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chair: Bana Almoussa

Researchers: Chenyu Wang, Aqib Zakaria, & Charlotte Swisher

The White House

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National Security Council Director for Space Policy

Senior Director of Policy: Sama Kubba

Policy Chair: Rohan Jakhete

Researchers: Syed Ahmed, Ryan Santos, Qijia Zhou, Shane Rockett, Simeon Sayer, & George Whitford

U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Embassy in Riyadh

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chair: Ryan Jordan

Researchers: Shikoh Hirabayashi, Charlotte Swisher, Priya Kukreja, & Kayra Yaman

U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Representative to the OIC & U.S. Consulate General of Jeddah

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chair: Aqib Zakaria

Researchers: Ahmed Alsheikh & Jack Taylor

Facebook

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Misinformation Policy Team

Deputy Director of Policy: Hamaad Mehal

Policy Chair: Eleanor Wikstrom

Researchers: Stella Asmerom, Lexa Brenner, April Chen, Maddie Dowd, & Carolyn Wang

U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Embassy in Seoul

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chairs: Seraya Amirthalingam, Caroline Choi, & Esther Kim

Researchers: Daniel Salgado-Alvarez, Nico Fernandez, Charles Hua, Sherry Liu,  & Brian Seo

Former Assemblyman Chung Byeong-guk of the Republic of Korea

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Five-Time Elected Assemblyman Chung Byeong-guk

Deputy Director of Policy: Lauren Morganbesser

Policy Chairs: Esther Kim & Angie Shin

Researchers: Autumn Dorsey, Tracy Jiang, & Dohyun Kim

FALL 2020

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Representative Andy Levin (MI-09)

Director of Policy: Robbie Edwards

Policy Chair: Randle Steinbeck

Researchers: Nadia Douglas, Lexa Brenner, Maddy Gavitt, Sophia Weng, Nicholas Fernandez, Elie Salem, Rohan Jakhete, Chase Souder, & Taryn O'Connor

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Representative Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14)

Director of Policy: Maxwell Zhu

Policy Chair: Kaede Ishidate

Researchers: Chinmay Deshpande, Alex Walsh, & Maxwell Zhu

The White House

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National Security Council

Director of Policy: John Ferguson

Policy Chairs: Lauren Morganbesser, Andrew Shaw, & Hamaad Mehal

Researchers: Domenic Caturello, Esther Kim, Priya Kukreja, Christina Morris, Alejandra Perea Rojas, Nisha Seyed, Juan Venancio, Leila Wass, Eleanor Wikstrom, & Angela Zhong

U.S. Trade Representative

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ICTIME

Director of Policy: John Ferguson

Policy Chair: Satoshi Yanaizu

Researchers: Aqib Zakaria, Emmy Cho, Wendy Qiu, & Nick Lauer

Government of Tunisia

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Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Director of Policy: John Ferguson

Policy Chair: Sammer Marzouk

Researchers: Nicholas Kelly, Ryan Santos, Max Shakespeare, & Alexandrea Harriott

Government of Afghanistan

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Ministry of Defense & National Security Council

Director of Policy: John Ferguson

Policy Chair: Sama Kubba

Researchers: Andrew Gordan, Oleg Pavliv, Ali Makani, & Ua Alencastre-Galimba

Government of Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan Council on International Relations

Director of Policy: John Ferguson

Policy Chair: Michael Zhu

Researchers: Noah Dasanaike, Anthony Grassi, & Xavier Perez Roman

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center

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Future of Diplomacy Project

Director of Policy: Robbie Edwards

Policy Chair: Abby LaBreck

Researchers: Gaby Pesantez, Daniel Pinckney, Ben Lee, & Fiker Negash

The Center for Climate and Security

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International Climate & Security Program

Director of Policy: Robbie Edwards

Policy Chair: Robbie Edwards

Researchers: Skyler Wu, Rosa Flores-Rueda, Erta Kurti, & Lucas Walsh

SPRING 2020

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Representative Juan Vargas (CA-51)

Policy Chairs: Sahaj Singh & Emily Markowitz

Researchers: Anan Hafez, Sewon Park, Sam Meyerson, Gabe Cederberg, Raghav Chopra, Eric Muthondu, & Daiana Lilo

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Representative David Trone (MD-06)

Policy Chair: Maxwell Zhu

Researchers: Jenna Bao, Noah Caza, Nisha Seyed, & Diana Agdashian

U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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Representative William Hurd (TX-23)

Policy Chairs: RunLin Wang & Kendrick Foster

Researchers: Michelle Lara, Juan Venancio, & Pablo Gomez

The Center for Climate and Security

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International Climate & Security Program

Policy Chairs: Jeffrey Gu & Sammer Marzouk

Researchers: ​Jessica Dias-Jayasinghe, Tynan Jackson, Heide Rogers, Julien Gosset, Jing-Jing Shen, & Noa Choi

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center

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Red Sea Region Intelligence Project

Policy Chair: Phillip Evans

Researchers: John Ferguson, Reem Ali, & Sarah Deonarain​

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center

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Future of Diplomacy Project

Policy Chairs: Jun-Yong Kim & Jennifer Nimei

Researchers: Abby LaBreck & Nadia Douglas