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. 

Lead Analyst and Editor

mitch-yoshidaMitch Yoshida manages research and analytic projects, and has published pieces on U.S. foreign policy, the European Union, and international order. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, where his studies centered on U.S. policy toward European integration, and a B.A. in International Relations, Economics, and History from Syracuse University. 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 liberal international order.


Bartia Cooper is currently working toward her M.A. in Political Science with an International Relations concentration from Arizona State University. Her interest area is East Asian political relations, and she specializes in Korean politics. Bartia studied abroad in South Korea and is proficient in Korean. Outside of these foci, her studies relate to the onset of war and international conflict, effective peace management strategies, international political economy, and global responses to refugee crises. At the Streit Council, Bartia is a part of the World Organization Program.

Charles Marsh joined the Streit Council as a Research Assistant at the start of 2019. Having earned an MSc. in Global Politics from the University of Southampton in 2018, he has since worked as the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Intern at the World Federalist Movement, and is currently involved in establishing a Campaign for a UNPA branch in the UK. He has also volunteered as a Researcher for the CANZUK Campaign. His research interests include transnational institutionalism, global governance and the global proliferation of democracy.