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.


Andrea Bodine is from Western Maryland. In 2015, she graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.A. in Global Studies and Economics and a specialization in European Integration. Most recently, she graduated from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where she received her M.A. in European Studies. Her studies focused on European foreign policy and its instruments, particularly with regard to the European Union’s relationship with Russia. She is particularly interested in European politics and economics, Eurasia, and transatlantic relations.

Mary Capparuccini
 is from Upstate New York. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has also studied at Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi in Istanbul, Turkey, at IDC Herzliya in Israel, and in Strasbourg, France. Most recently, she was the Brady K. Howell Fellow at the National Security Studies Program in Syracuse, NY, but has also worked USAID and interned for U.S. Embassy Tunis, U.S. Embassy Dublin, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Near East Foundation. Her current focus is on national and international security policy, specifically between the U.S. and Europe.

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.

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.