Student Staff

Karl Afrikian is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on geopolitical risk in the post-Soviet space. Before Fletcher, Karl served in Peace Corps Ukraine as a Community Development Volunteer working in organizational development and HIV programming and policy making for LGBT individuals and people who inject drugs (PWIDs). Prior to that, he worked on the trades team at Brown Brothers Harriman for two years in Boston as a senior mutual fund accountant. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Russian Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. He spent a semester at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. He later returned there to intern at PINK Armenia working to support LGBT equality in Armenia while also observing for human rights violations at the Electric Yerevan protests. Karl speaks English, Russian, Spanish, and intermediate Ukrainian.
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. He is currently 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.
Edita Danielyan is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2023 Candidate at The Fletcher School. After graduating from Earlham College in 2020 with a B.A. in International Studies, Edita interned with the Rule of Law Index team at the World Justice Project in Washington, D.C. She also worked for the South Caucasus, Moldova, and the Central Asia portfolios at the Center for International Private Enterprise prior to joining Fletcher. Edita is passionate about economics, international development, and conflict prevention, particularly in the post-Soviet region. She speaks Russian, Armenian, English, and Spanish.
Madeline Diorio is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 Candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on Human Security and International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution. Her regional focus is Russia and Eastern Europe. Before enrolling at Fletcher, Madeline served with the Peace Corps in Ukraine where she worked on youth development and HIV programming. Madeline holds a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in intercultural communications from Syracuse University. Additionally, Madeline studied the politics of contemporary reconciliation in Eastern Europe and its importance to geopolitics and regional security.
Abbey Doyno is a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 dual degree Candidate at The Fletcher School and Harvard Law School. Prior to attending Fletcher, Abbey was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Morocco, worked for Oxfam America's impact litigation division, and worked for Anderson and Kreiger LLP. She hopes to work in international law after graduation. Abbey earned her B.Sc. in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.
Amanda Filardo is a MALD ’22 candidate with focuses in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and Human Security. Before Fletcher, she attended the University of Alabama, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Russia and Eastern Europe and minoring in Russian and Italian. She was a Fulbright ETA in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, and has a passion for all things Central Asia. Since Fletcher, Amanda has been a research fellow for Refugees Welcome!, an intern for Kentucky Refugee Ministries, an intern for the Office of Foreign Missions at the State Department, and a teaching assistant for Introduction to International Relations at Tufts. She is currently a class representative for Student Council. She hopes to one day work in advocacy, specifically in corrupt states.
Maxim Kondratenko is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on International Security Studies and Russia and Eurasia. Before attending Fletcher, he worked as a program assistant for Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy, supporting the development of civil society in the former Soviet Union. He also worked at the U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) program at Eurasia Foundation, developing collaborative initiatives between Russia- and U.S.-based nonprofit organizations. Maxim holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, with concentrations in International Security and Russian. While at Tufts, he completed a senior capstone project analyzing the events of the Russian annexation of Crimea through the lens of long-term historic, cultural, and political trends in Russia and its "near abroad." He was also a member of the 2014-2015 EPIIC Colloquium, a yearlong program of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership devoted to conducting in-depth study of "Russia in the XXI Century" and organizing an international symposium on the subject. Maxim speaks fluent Russian, as well as French and basic Spanish.
Allison Larmann is a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Organizations, International Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution. Allison has a B.S. in International Studies concentrating on Diplomacy, Security, and Governance from Indiana University. She was also awarded a Fulbright grant co-teaching English at a secondary school in the state of Pahang in Malaysia. In her previous position before Fletcher, Allison was a Program Coordinator for the Fulbright Program in Malaysia. Her research background has focused on the regions of Southeast Asia, Turkey, and Southeastern Europe.
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.
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.