2017-2018 ISD FELLOWS

Michael Battalia

  • Research topic: Winning in the age of geo-economics: How should the U.S. use economic statecraft to project power?

Michael BattaliaMichael Battalia is a dual-degree master’s student in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of History.  His ISD research will explore the increasing use of private sector companies to achieve geopolitical goals, via direct investments, privileged trading partnerships, and limited concessions.  His research agenda will cover case studies of Russian activity in the Netherlands, the U.A.E. in India, France in Brazil, and China in South Africa, before assessing whether elements of these countries’ strategies should be adopted by the U.S. given its unique history, values, and role in the world.  Finally, it will make recommendation for how the US. government’s diplomatic and military institutions would need to be configured to implement such a strategy.  He will draw on his experience working for six years as a management consultant with Deloitte, where he advised several Middle Eastern governments on how to approach economic statecraft.  Michael has previous policy research experience as a research intern at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a legislative intern with the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Emily Belson

Emily BelsonEmily Belson is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies in the Middle East. The focus of her major is women's rights and gender equality in the Middle East, and her ISD research will study sexual violence used by terrorist organizations in conflict zones.  She studied abroad in Amman, Jordan and has been a research assistant with the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration.





Agathe Christien

Bunker Graduate Fellow, Master of Arts in Arab Studies  

Research topic: Euro-Mediterranean Relations, Irregular Migration, and Readmission Agreements: A Case Study of EU-Libya, EU-Turkey, and EU-Morocco Negotiations

Agathe ChristienAgathe Christien is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Arab studies (MAAS) program at the School of Foreign Service. Her areas of research interests include migration and refugee issues, critical security studies, and international relations. Agathe’s ISD research project focuses on irregular migration in the Mediterranean, more specifically on the negotiations of readmission agreements between the European Union and Libya, Turkey, and Morocco. 

Originally from France, she graduated from Sciences Po Lyon with a degree in International Relations. Agathe has previously worked as a research intern at the French Research Center in Jerusalem and has been involved in refugee integration programs in France and in Greece.  



John Ellington

John EllingtonJohn Ellington is an MA in Security Studies candidate concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. His ISD research will focus on Iranian strategic interests in Afghanistan and what this means for future U.S. policy in the region. He previously was awarded a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program and a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department to study Iranian and Afghan Persian in Tajikistan. Before coming to Georgetown, John worked as an NGO worker in India and as a policy analyst in Singapore, where he conducted in-country research projects on social enterprises in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand. Over the summer of 2017, he will work in Lockheed Martin's corporate strategy section to help develop the company’s sales strategy for South Asia. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in history of science from Princeton University. 



Matt Ellison

Matt EllisonMatt Ellison is a rising senior in the School of Foreign Service studying international politics with a concentration on international security and a certificate in diplomatic studies. His research with ISD will analyze the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations with a focus on the history of the negotiation process and the contemporary effects on and in Cuba of this change in U.S. policy. In addition to diplomacy, Matt’s research interests include international security and history. He has contributed to nuclear security research at the Stimson Center and will spend the summer as a fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. As an undergraduate at SFS, Matt has served as Assistant Director of Georgetown's International Relations Institute for high school students and on the board of the Georgetown International Relations Association.



Daniella Montemarano

Daniella MontemaranoDaniella Montemarano is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international conflict resolution and multitrack diplomacy under the program's Global Politics and Security concentration. A trained mediator since the age of 15, Daniella specializes in transitional justice; stabilization operations; the Rule of Law; and gender, peace and security. Prior to joining MSFS, Daniella led peacebuilding projects in West and Southern Africa and the United States, addressing issues like women's political participation in rural Cameroon and post-conflict reconciliation within the Liberian diaspora community. Her recent work includes electoral violence analysis at the U.S. Department of State and trial monitoring at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Daniella served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana (2012-15) and holds an honors B.A. in History and Political Science from New York University. Her ISD research project aims to develop a cross-regional model for insurgency-related Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) operations in the Horn of Africa and the Lake Chad Basin.


Amanat Thind

Amanat ThindAmanat Thind is a Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research interests include Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, identity politics, nationalism, and grand strategy. Her ISD research will focus on India’s foreign policy and diplomatic engagement in the Middle East. Originally from India, Amanat holds a Master of Arts (Honors) in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. Before Georgetown, Amanat worked as the Regional Director of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi. She also worked in research & policy for the West Asia & North Africa Division, of India’s Ministry of External Affairs.




Amanda Thoet

Amanda ThoetAmanda Thoet just finished her first year in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies Program at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. She is also pursuing Graduate Certificates in Diplomatic Studies and in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. In addition, Amanda is a Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) Council Member and a Research Assistant for an Economics professor. During summer 2017, Amanda is interning at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Denver, Colorado and is also participating in a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) study trip on refugee integration in Germany. Previously, Amanda interned at the Smithsonian Institution's Office of International Relations during Spring 2017. Prior to attending Georgetown, Amanda completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Leipzig, Germany and also spent summer 2016 as a speechwriting intern at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. For her undergraduate studies, Amanda attended The Pennsylvania State University and received degrees in English, German, and Communication Arts and Sciences. She is passionate about empowering women in international affairs and hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy.