Streit Talk is the official blog of the Streit Council, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that examines relations among experienced democracies and the external challenges they face. It does this principally through analysis and commentary, and by facilitating public discourse and awareness on democracy, federalism, Atlanticism, and the organization of inter-democracy relations. 


mitch-yoshidaMitch Yoshida is a Research Fellow at the Streit Council. He earned an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, where his studies centered on U.S. national security policy and transatlantic relations. Mitch has worked for the West European Studies and America and the Global Economy programs at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Security Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and the Council of Europe. His current research interests include the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy and the durability of post-war international orders. He also holds a B.A. in International Relations, Economics, and History from Syracuse University.


anna-leeAnna Lee is from Southern California and is currently pursuing a Masters in International Cooperation from Seoul National University’s Graduate School of International Studies. Her thesis focuses on national cybersecurity agendas and cooperative espionage between democracies. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with B.A. degrees in Near Eastern Studies and Linguistics in 2013. Anna’s primary academic interests generally revolve around international security, with specific focus on information and space security.

kristian-kafozoffKristian Kafozoff is a Bulgarian-American from central New Jersey. After attending Saint John’s University in New York City where he graduated with an undergraduate double major degree in History and Politics, he pursued a postgraduate master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. Past relevant experience includes: interning with a UN affiliated NGO focused on international development and a U.S. advocacy organization focused on non-nuclear proliferation. Kristian’s main interests are related to Anglo-American relations in transatlantic security as well as conflict resolution issues in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the greater Middle East both past and present.

Urtė Peteris
is originally from Klaipėda, Lithuania. She recently graduated from the University of Miami, where she received a B.A. in political science, international studies, and history. Her academic work focused on the former Soviet space, particularly on civil-military relations, institutional decay, conflict, and nationalism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Urtė has been an intern with institutions such as the European Commission and the State Department, and seeks to continue her work in the research of security studies and how domestic civil-military relationships inform foreign policy.

triet-phamTriet Pham is originally from Vietnam and lived in Indiana for five years before moving to Washington D.C. for graduate education. He is currently a second year graduate student of the Masters of German and European Studies Program (MAGES) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His concentration is the transatlantic economy and international development, as he is also a candidate for the International Business Diplomacy Honors Program. Triet interned with UNESCO in Paris over the summer, working on anti-corruption and transparency in governance in less developed countries.

thomas-rhoadesThomas Rhoades is originally from Standish, Maine. He is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in History. His studies centered on European intellectual history, and German intellectual history in particular. He examined its relationship to the turbulent twentieth century and its significance in the twenty-first. At UNH, he also served as a writing and research tutor, while participating frequently in opportunities to present his research at school-sponsored conferences.