MS in Global Affairs
Alumnus, Class of 2015
I was attracted to the Transnational Security concentration at the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA) because it was the one area of study that seemed to encompass all the facets of international relations—from international political economy to civil society. All global affairs hinge on the prospect of security, and furthermore, all security depends upon successful global affairs. I had spent five years on the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier—the epitome of hard diplomacy—and subsequently another five years working in nonprofit infrastructure development in the poorest rural regions of the Western Hemisphere—soft power at the most fundamental level. I recognized that transnational security is a spectrum within which both policymakers and marginalized farmers operate, for example, and I chose this area of study to further understand the link between these myriad actors and the consequences of their interactions.
Since completing my master's degree, I have joined a team of geopolitical security and risk analysts at AIG. We're charged with ensuring the physical security of employees, engineers, and corporate assets worldwide, and we’ve recently begun building the capability to anticipate emerging threats through predictive geospatial analysis of historical data. One minute I'll be consulting with engineers about the emerging dangers at upstream energy facilities in the Sahel, and the next, I'm reacting to new threats being posted on social media in Bangkok. It's almost a synthesis of the experience I gained in my previous work—an on-the-ground perspective from years spent in some of the dustiest, most dangerous corners of the developing world—merged with the hard, quantitative analysis of conflicts I studied at CGA. It's a really exciting project to be working on, and often it feels very much like graduate research, but with real lives on the line.