Jon Isaacson (President, Analyst)
Jon Isaacson is currently a senior at Brigham Young University studying History and Middle Eastern Studies. He is an international security analyst for Brigham Young University’s global study abroad programs, and serves in the military. Michael specializes in force protection and conducting analysis on terror threats at the tactical and strategic level. (click here to read Michael’s articles)
Matt Hurst (Co-President, Analyst)
Matt Hurst is a junior, studying International Relations at Brigham Young University. He recently returned from a study abroad program in Beijing, China where he studied comparative politics between the US and the People’s Republic of China. He also served a mission for the LDS Church in New Jersey where he learned to speak Spanish and learned about a variety of Latin American cultures. Last year, Logan founded a non-profit organization called H2O International. They help to bring clean drinking water to those in need. Following graduation, he plans to continue studying other cultures and systems of government and hopes to work in the Foreign Service. (click here to read Logan’s articles)
Abe Collier (Analyst)
Abe Collier is a junior at Brigham Young University and majoring in Philosophy, which has allowed him to study and analyze a variety of disparate topics such as politics, business, ethics, culture, international relations, music, and even sports. He also minors in Latin American Studies and Business Strategy and learned Spanish while serving an LDS mission in Washington State. His internship in Puebla, Mexico teaching job-hunting seminars and studying Mexican culture and literature has spurred an intense interest in Latin American politics and foreign affairs, subjects he now covers for Praemon. Future plans include management consulting, grad school, and university administration, though he intends to welcome any unexpected opportunities that come up along the way. (click here to read Abe’s articles)
Blake Bonar (Analyst)
Blake Bonar is a senior at Utah State University majoring in International Studies with an emphasis on Peace and Security. He is also studying Arabic and is the current Vice President of the USU chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the Honor Society for International Studies. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Samoa where he cultivated an interest in foreign languages and cultures. His specialties in counterterrorism, Middle Eastern studies, and intelligence studies will aid him as he seeks opportunities for advancement within the intelligence community.
Brian Preece (Analyst)
Brian Preece is a senior at Brigham Young University studying Russian and Aerospace Studies. His studies have focused on the defense policies of Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on the relationship between NATO and the Russian Federation. His research interests include air war doctrine and the use of asymmetrical warfare by both state and non-state actors. He served a two-year mission in Alberta, Canada. He currently resides in Moscow, where he works as an intern for the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center).
Gayleen Webb (Editor)
Gayleen is a junior at Brigham Young University studying English Language with minors in both Spanish and Editing. Gayleen’s passion lies in the linguistic side of her major. She speaks Spanish and has taken a bit of German. Gayleen would love to pursue a career in editing in television or radio broadcasting after graduation.
Sophie Roberts (Editor)
Sophie Roberts is a junior studying English and planning to minor in Editing at Brigham Young University. She has also been studying Spanish for five years, and is passionate about language acquisition. Sophie is a Writing Fellow at BYU, and loves being able to use her skills in writing and editing to help other students with their writing assignments. After graduation, she plans to work as an editor for a magazine or newspaper.
Ted Ellsworth (Analyst)
Ted is a freshman at Brigham Young University double majoring in International Relations and Arabic. He grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His love for international affairs developed early in high school as a result of competitive debate and through participation in Amnesty International. He looks forward to studying abroad in the Middle East and hopes to work with a non-governmental organization promoting human rights. (click here to read Ted’s articles)