2018-2019 ISD FELLOWS


Mohammed A. Soliman

Huffington Graduate Fellow, MSFS

  • Research topic: How the Gulf Crisis Complicates US Foreign Policy towards Iran
  • Adviser: Amb. (ret.) Barbara Bodine, Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy


Mohammed Soliman is a MSFS candidate concentrating in Global Politics and Security. His research interests include energy, geopolitical and geoeconomic risk, and grand strategy, specifically in the Middle East and North Africa region. Mohammed’s ISD research project concentrated on the impact of the Gulf Crisis on the U.S. strategy with Iran. He co-chairs the MSFS Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum, where he hosts policy practitioners, diplomats, and academics to discuss the region’s key trends and challenges. He also appears frequently on Arabic television to provide commentary on unfolding events in the Middle East and has published articles for Foreign Affairs, La Stampa, the Middle East Institute, and Open Democracy. Prior to joining MSFS, Mohammed worked as a researcher and as a columnist for al-Maqal, al-Masry al-Youm, and Tahrir News in Egypt. He holds a BA in engineering from the Egypt Aviation Academy.



JosephHuffington Graduate Fellow, MA in Russian & Eastern European Studies

  • Research topic: Illiberal Democracy in Europe: The Polish and Hungarian Cases
  • Adviser: Dr. Kelly McFarland, Director of Programs and Research, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Joseph Bebel is an MA candidate in the Eurasian, Russian & Eastern European Studies (MAERES) program at the School of Foreign Service. His ISD research focused on the growth of illiberal democracy in Europe, specifically in Poland and Hungary – to investigate the possibility of a more effective and diplomatic approach to address each nation’s illiberalism. Joseph graduated with a BA in European studies from Brigham Young University. He is involved with the student-led think tank European Horizons and has completed work for Brookings, Freedom House, and the Hungary Initiatives Foundation.






KatarinaBunker Graduate Fellow, MSFS

  • Research topic: A Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework: ‘Paradigm Shift’ or Poorly Funded Status Quo?
  • Adviser: Amb. Mark Storella, Senior State Department Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy


Katarina O’Regan is a MSFS candidate focused on humanitarian emergencies within the International Development concentration. Before joining MSFS, she facilitated health systems strengthening with Partners in Health in post-Ebola Liberia and worked with the National Democratic Institute to measure violence against women in politics. At Georgetown, she has focused on issues of displacement and migration, and completed internships with Refugees International, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), and with the International Organization for Migration’s office in Kampala, Uganda. Her ISD research paper assessed whether the recently completed Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) has had a meaningful impact on the lives of the record number of refugees around the world. Drawing on original research and interviews with key players, she documented notable successes as well as shortcomings in the early pilot stage of CRRF implementation and made recommendations to strengthen CRRF effectiveness going forward. In 2018, Katarina worked with ISD in a communications role. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in international studies from Fordham University.


ColtonNewsom Graduate Fellow, MSFS

  • Research topic: Economic Statecraft and Global Democracy: How Democratic Powers Can Turn Back the Authoritarian Tide
  • Adviser: : Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Concentration Co-Chair, Global Politics and Security, Master of Science in Foreign Service Program


Colton Wade is an MSFS student completing his final year at Georgetown, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a BSFS in international politics in 2018. Primarily interested in emerging powers and global democracy, he received a Boren Scholarship in 2016 to study Portuguese in Brazil and wrote his senior honors thesis on the diplomatic and economic motivations for Brazilian anti-corruption reform. While at Georgetown, he has held internships in the office of Vice President Joe Biden, the Wilson Center, and the Economic Section of U.S. Embassy Brasília. His ISD research explored how democratic powers—primarily the United States, European Union, Brazil, South Africa, and India—can use economic statecraft to encourage democracy abroad in the face of a global rise in authoritarianism.



TyrellHuffington Graduate Fellow, MA in Asian Studies

  • Research topic: How Lilliputians Tether Gulliver: Subnational Governments in Foreign Relations
  • Adviser: James Seevers, Director of Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy


Tyrell Walker is a MA candidate in Asian Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. His ISD research analyzed the role of subnational governments in international relations, in an effort to broaden the scope of conventional foreign policy analysis to include these subnational actors, as well as illustrate how these actors can enable smaller countries to “punch above their weight” in influencing larger nations. Previously, Ty worked at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the State Department; acted as chief of staff at a national civil rights nonprofit; ran workshops on diversity, inclusion, and political activism throughout Japan; and interviewed, farmed, and lived with minority and indigenous communities throughout East Asia. He holds a dual BA in government and East Asian studies from Harvard University.



Humes Undergraduate Fellow, BSFS

  • DanielResearch topic: The Legality of Border Walls: Analyzing the International Community’s Reactions to the U.S.-Mexican and Israeli-Palestinian Borders
  • Adviser: Dr. Elizabeth Stephens, Professor, School of Foreign Service

Daniel Marshall is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in science, technology, and international affairs, with a minor in Spanish. His ISD research looked at international law, borders and sovereignty, and immigration and refugee policy issues, as a foundation to analyze the effects of the American and Israeli-constructed border walls. Daniel has studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and complete an internship with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in 2018.





Bunker Graduate Fellow, MA in Global Human Development

  • Anna

    Research topic: Reintegration in Eastern Ukraine

  • Adviser: Amb. John Heffern, Distinguished Resident Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and Diplomacy, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Beeck Center, Georgetown University

Anna Khandros, a masters’ candidate in the Global Human Development program, will also complete a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Her research for ISD examined Ukraine’s reintegration strategy for the Donbas region, as well as how American diplomacy and development organizations support reintegration efforts. Originally from Kyiv, Anna worked in Ukraine prior to joining the School of Foreign Service. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco) and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Tajikistan). Anna received her BA in Politics from Brandeis University, with minors in Legal Studies and Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies. In 2018, she served as an ISD Research Assistant.





AllisonDulles Graduate Fellow, MA in Security Studies

  • Research topic: How Can Diplomacy Catalyze Peace in Afghanistan?
  • Adviser: Amb. Richard Norland, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, The Pentagon

Allison Maddux will complete her second year with Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. Her ISD research explored the role of diplomacy in the resolution of protracted conflicts, examining lessons learned from case studies, including Northern Ireland and Colombia. She applied her findings to Afghanistan, with recommendations for how diplomatic and military institutions can catalyze efforts to reduce violence and advance political settlement. A key component of her research was the identification of common sticking points and challenges during negotiation processes, and the role of diplomacy in reaching consensus on seemingly incompatible demands, security dilemmas, and trust deficits. Allison earned a BS in physical geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.