Editor-in-Chief: Tanith Lee
Tanith is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Within this programme, she is specializing in Psychology and is concurrently working towards the completion of a minor in Conflict Studies.
Although originally from the United States, Tanith lived in Germany as a teenager and choose to return to Europe for her studies. Her interest in European politics was sparked by a combination of her new environment and a blossoming love affair with Model United Nations. In addition to regularly attending MUN conferences throughout Europe, Tanith is the founder and Deputy Secretary General of the Amsterdam Model United Nations Conference (DamMUN).
As a member of an international study programme, Tanith is immersed in a diverse array of her fellow students’ unique viewpoints and ideas, which constantly challenge her to evolve and question her own views. She believes exposure to such an atmosphere is invaluable, which is why she joined the European Student Think Tank. During her time at the EST, Tanith strives to help carve out a place for her generation of innovators and diverse thinkers in the European policy making process.
If you are a would like to contribute a blog post or propose a debate or writing topic to the EST, contact Tanith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gideon is a sociologist, social researcher, and writer. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University College Roosevelt and his MSc at Tilburg University. Having two interdisciplinary degrees, Gideon is interested in organisational transformation and (radical) social change and plans to further his career writing and researching on these topics, both theoretically and in terms of implementation.
On the shorter term, he hopes to acquire hands-on knowledge about development, sustainability, policy-making and implementation, consultancy, action research, and otherwise relevant experience that will deepen his knowledge about change and transformation. He likes travelling, has lived and worked in Uganda, enjoys talking and discussions, he writes short stories and poetry, loves cooking and art history, and spends more time than he should reading literature and scientific publications.
He also occasionally publishes political commentary on his blog (www.thepoliticalnarrator.wordpress.com). Politically, he tends to be radically progressive though somewhat pessimistic; Pro-Europe, anti-nationalist; he considers the left-right, progressive-conservative spectra to be false choices and while he is politically active, his vote is cast but his ballot left blank. As a member of the Editorial staff he hopes to facilitate critical opinions and innovative thinking.
Jovana is a graduate of international and European law from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, with a specialization in public international law and human rights. For the past academic year, she has been pursuing a postgraduate degree in terrorism and political violence. Her academic interests are predominantly linked to the international legal framework on armed conflicts, the regulation of cyber terrorist attacks as well as the processes of rehabilitation and reintegration of domestic fighters. Additionally, Jovana is a keen follower of the processes of EU integration of the Former Yugoslav Republics.As someone who is very interested in international law, relations and diplomacy, she has pursued two pro bono positions at two international criminal tribunals, over a dozen Model United Nations Conferences and moot courts. Jovana possesses the working knowledge of five other languages besides her native Macedonian; she can fluently speak English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian and B/C/S (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian).She is currently learning Russian and Dutch.
Her academic interests are predominantly linked to the international legal framework on armed conflicts, the regulation of cyber terrorist attacks as well as the processes of rehabilitation and reintegration of domestic fighters. Additionally, Jovana is a keen follower of the processes of EU integration of the Former Yugoslav Republics.As someone who is very interested in international law, relations and diplomacy, she has pursued two pro bono positions at two international criminal tribunals, over a dozen Model United Nations Conferences and moot courts. Jovana possesses the working knowledge of five other languages besides her native Macedonian; she can fluently speak English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian and B/C/S (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian).She is currently learning Russian and Dutch.
As someone who is very interested in international law, relations and diplomacy, she has pursued two pro bono positions at two international criminal tribunals, over a dozen Model United Nations Conferences and moot courts. Jovana possesses the working knowledge of five other languages besides her native Macedonian; she can fluently speak English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. She is currently learning Russian and Dutch.
Edmund’s educational background and experience in brand management and communications equips him with a distinct perspective on analyzing certain issues across global affairs, foreign policy and diplomacy. Edmund is a content/program producer for the Institute for International Research, the US division of Informa, one of the world’s leader in the Knowledge and Information Economy.
From working as an intern at the United Nations, to taking courses in International Relations and being actively engaged in NGOs and International Organization activities, Edmund has maintained a keen interest on topics in global affairs. Further in his career, Edmund hopes become an analyst in a reputable think-tank.
Edmund graduated magma cum laude from the City University of New York, City College with a Master’s in Branding + Integrated Communications. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the American University of Nigeria. He enjoys reading nonfiction, and tweets often, connect @GrahamEdmund.
Cindy (21) is a Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE) student at the University of Amsterdam with a major in politics. Due to her interest in international relations in general and the Middle East in specific, she is also currently persuing a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and is learning Arabic. With this interdisciplinary and multicultural background, Cindy especially enjoys to engage in intellectually challenging discussions. She is interested in the role of the EU as an important international player and its influence on global as well as on regional politics, particularly in the Middle East. In her opinion, the constant integration of interdisciplinary and oppossing approaches – as the EU is confronted with every day – are of the essence for producing any meaningful solutions. In her spare time Cindy enjoys travelling, being creative, and netflixing.
Caitlin is in her final semester of a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. In 2017, she would like to pursue Honours in International Relations. After her overseas exchange at the University of Amsterdam, she has become particularly fascinated with the politics of humanitarianism and migration. As an editor at EST, Caitlin hopes to share and learn from students who are not only passionate about EU politics, but wider issues in global affairs.
Anke is a 23 year old MSc, currently employed as Junior Researcher at the Environmental Policy Goup of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her interest in research started during her bachelor at University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, where she majored in anthropology and law. After moving to Wageningen for her Masters in International Development Studies, she found her research passion in addressing the challenge of the sustainability of food systems. In her free time, Anke loves to read literature and philosophy, learn new languages, cook and travel. Being an editor at EST will therefore be a great match with Anke’s interests by allowing for more reading on a broad variety of current affairs and improving language and editing skills.
Alexandria is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in European Studies: Identity and Integration at the University of Amsterdam. She is originally from Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of the Fraser Valley– an institution that provided her with valuable opportunities to complete parts of her undergraduate degree in London and the Republic of Ireland.
Alexandria loves to seek out chances to combine travel with self-development and has spent time teaching English in Romania and working in the United Kingdom. Alexandria is particularly interested in identity studies of minority groups, transnationalism, geopolitics, post-colonialism, and diaspora. She hopes to contribute as an editor for the EST by providing international perspective and offering insight into the EU’s relationship with Canada and other international allies.
Elena is an undergraduate of Politics and Modern History at The University of Manchester. She has been heavily involved in political campaigns affiliated with the university, such as the university’s Women’s Campaign and the Labour Society. She held positions on the Student Union’s Women’s and Social Justice committees and worked extensively with both of these throughout her first year at university. She was also selected to attend the 2015 School of Democracy in Bologna as a UK representative.
Since then she has won a History Academic Award for her commitment to social action campaigns and academic research. Currently, Elena is running her own website, ‘Young Politics’, designed to report on political developments affecting young people in a humorous and relatable manner.
Emma is currently pursuing a master’s in Anthropology and Development Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the University of California in San Diego. She is Swedish and Iranian but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite her focus on economic development, she has a wide range of interests, particularly literature and philosophy. Her ultimate goal is to research the dynamics of cultural integrity, globalisation and societal development. Having grown up with parents working for the United Nations, she gained insight into the administration of international organisations and political nature of their incentives. She is fascinated with the functioning of multinational organisations and hopes to learn more about the dynamics of decision-making in the EU and analysing how various national interests can work together for a better future.
Will is a 22-year-old master’s student at the London School of Economics studying Gender, Globalisation and Development. He recently received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Birmingham. He enjoys reading non-fiction and writing articles on a variety of international and domestic topics. He is particularly interested in postructualism and linguistics, and in applying these fields to find solutions to gender based inequalities. His hobbies include motorcycles and rock climbing, although preferably not at once.
Metka is half-Dutch, half-Slovenian and holds a MA in International Relations & Political History from Utrecht University and has been intrigued by international relations, history and politics all her life. Metka believes understanding the roots and foundations of the EU is of vital importance. Ultimately the EU was and still is a project of peace, to unify Europe after the terrors of the Second World War. This has laid the foundations of the European Union as we know it today. She is interested in everything involving the European continent and the EU as a political institution.
Besides international relations, journalism is another passion of hers. She is currently working for a local Dutch newspaper and has previously done an editorial internship for the Dutch national news program NOS Nieuwsuur. After her Master she did a traineeship at Press Unit of the DG Communication in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Anne is a 22 years old student based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Culture from Utrecht University, with a minor in Media and Culture. During her bachelor’s, her main topic of interest shifted from British literature and culture to American culture. She therefore currently pursues a Master’s degree in North-American studies at Radboud University Nijmegen and is busy preparing to write her MA thesis on the power of Apple. American Studies offers her the opportunity to delve deeper into the matters of American politics, culture and society. And fortunately, the transatlantic relationship between Europe and the United States is at the heart of her MA track too.
Anne is strongly in favour of interdisciplinary collaboration between students, as she strongly believes that such teamwork often leads to new inspiration and refreshing insights. She believes this to be one of the strongest principles of the European Student Think Tank.
Allison is a first-year bachelor’s student at the University of Amsterdam, studying Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE). She is from the U.S., and prior to her studies in PPLE, she studied Fashion Business Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and participated in the International Summer University Programme at the Copenhagen Business School. Allison’s interest in journalism began in high school as one of the co-Editors-in-Chief of her yearbook and continued into writing and editing for her universities’ newspapers and online magazines. Allison is interested in cultural, political, and social issues, but is always particularly happy to indulge in discussing the brilliance of new wave music, the English Premier League, and a quality cup of coffee.
Mia is currently pursuing a bachelor of science at the University of Amsterdam in Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE). After graduating an arts high school with a concentration in visual arts and several awards for creative writing, she decided to pursue her deeper passions relating more to politics and law. She was born in Germany but spent most of her life growing up in the United States, giving her a distinct perspective on the relationship between Europe and North America. Mia has interests in global climate change awareness and environmental law, human rights, and language, and is currently on the board of Students for Sustainability Amsterdam. She hopes to deepen her knowledge of some of these subjects through involvement in different organizations and projects, and exposure to many different perspectives.
Valentine is currently obtaining his undergraduate in Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE), at the University of Amsterdam. Having grown up in the Netherlands as a British national of Hungarian heritage, he’s a committed European, and sees the EU as a crucial part of European solidarity. His main interests include international relations, history, and law, and the way these subjects influence and relate to one another. He has a history of campaigning and marketing for various environmental charities, both in the Netherlands and abroad, and views environmental law as one of the more pressing areas of development in international law. His hobbies include reading, enjoying nature, and his passion for art.
Sean is currently pursuing a bachelor at the Politics, Psychology, Law & Economics (PPLE) College of the University of Amsterdam. As a law major, he is both interested in the legal as well as greater implications specific policies might have on the European and international stage. Because of his simultaneous passion for politics, he is taking electives in political and communication sciences alongside his bachelor courses. Having grown up in Germany with a German Father and a US-American mother, Sean has close ties to both Germany and the United States; this background allows him to view topics from a dual perspective. Sean is especially interested in the cultural differences between the United States and Europe that lead to conflicting opinions between the two. As an editor, Sean aims at providing a critical perspective that challenges standard European norms in order to set new constructive impulses, while, at the same time, fostering mutual understanding between different cultural backgrounds.
Rodrigo is currently a Regional Coordinator at the 1989 Generation Initiative and collaborates with the European Student Think Tank Research Group on Foreign Policy and FEDRA. He has finished a four month research attachment at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds an MSc in African Politics from SOAS, University of London and a BA in International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal. Rodrigo has participated in the annual Think Tank of the European Youth Parliament and from 2012 to 2014 he has served the International Association for Political Science Students as Head of the Academic Department and Editor-in-Chief of Politikon, the IAPSS Journal of Political Science. His main research interests lies mainly on contemporary political transitions, democratisation and foreign policy.
Noah is currently pursuing a bachelor of science at the University of Amsterdam in Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics. Besides his studies, he is a member of the board of trustees of the social enterprise start-up ProjectTogether. Having grown up in southern Germany, he spent a year in Virginia in the United States as a fellow of the Congress-Bundestag-Youth-Exchange. He has been involved in more than a dozen sessions of the European Youth Parliament, working on numerous EU policy issues ranging from the Common Foreign and Security Policy to EU migration policy. He loves debating, reading, writing and immersing himself into complex problems. Big questions Noah cares about include ways in which capitalism as we know it can be transformed into an ethical market economy and how individual and collective global responsibility can be realized in times of globalization and digitization.