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Student Staff

Alex Avaneszadeh is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on Public International Law and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He received his B.A. in Political Science from California Lutheran University and has worked in international development and peacebuilding prior to joining Fletcher. Alex previously interned at the Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Yerevan, Armenia, and at Search for Common Ground in Washington, D.C. He later served as a Development Coordinator and New Business Associate for Africa at DAI, and was a geopolitical analyst at Foreign Brief, publishing forward-looking analyses on upcoming political events in the post-Soviet space. He focuses on the geopolitical, economic, and energy security dynamics of the South Caucasus, and he speaks English and Armenian.
Pratyusha Joshi is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate focusing on comparative and regional studies and international business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a concentration in governance and peace from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Before re-entering the academic world, Pratyusha worked with the Press and Culture department of the Republic of Korea Embassy in India, and later worked with Brookings Institution India Center in development and outreach. At Fletcher, she holds leadership position with the Working Group on Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific, De-colonizing International Relations conference, and the Japan Club. She is trilingual with fluency in English, Hindi and Japanese.
Vishal Manve is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate focusing on environment, business, and communications at The Fletcher School. Previously, Vishal has reported on the Indian economy, politics, and disinformation campaigns for international news wire Agence France-Presse and has been a fellow with CIVICUS, Climate Tracker, Splice Newsroom and CPL. Vishal has been published across The Diplomat, Fair Observer, AFP, Yahoo News, The Daily Beast, Global Voices Online, Open Democracy, International Journalism Festival, and Indian Express. Vishal has been a summer fellow for the Columbia Journalism Lede Program and is interested in how technology can aid energy transitioning in developing economies and the intersection of journalism and technology on mapping climate misinformation campaigns. Twitter: VishalManve12.
Caroline Nowak is an undergraduate at Tufts University dual majoring in Russian and East European Studies and International Relations with a concentration in identity, as well as minoring in Religion. Caroline previously interned with the Polish American Congress researching energy security in Europe. On campus, she is a member of Women in International Relations and Hemispheres: Tufts University Journal of International Affairs. She is primarily interested in Russian history and foreign policy, conflict prevention, and migration in the post-Soviet world. Caroline studies Russian and is also fluent in Spanish.
Alex Thomas is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2023 candidate at The Fletcher School who focuses on International Security and Global Governance. His area of expertise is in Russian Foreign Policy, Central Asian Politics, and U.S.-Russian relations. Prior to attending Fletcher, Alex received his B.A. in International Political Economy and Environmental Studies from the College of Idaho and served as an English Education Specialist for the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. In this capacity, Alex oversaw the development and implementation of a regional English language curriculum and gained grant-writing experience with USAID. Upon the completion of his service, Alex worked as a grassroots organizer for the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin and was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Idaho Senate for the 2021 legislative session. Alex is a Senior Web Editor for the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs and speaks English, Spanish, Kyrgyz, and intermediate Russian.