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 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.


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.

Michael P. Dimino hails from Hunting Valley, Ohio. He has written extensively on international security policy and political-military issues, U.S. foreign policy, East Asian and Southeast Asian affairs, and the future of international institutions. He holds an M.A. in International Security from Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Strategic Studies. His master’s thesis examined security competition, misperception, and securitization in the context of territorial sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea. He also holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service, and has studied at Københavns Universitet in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously, Michael interned for Sen. John McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman in addition to Snell & Wilmer LLP and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. His research areas include the regional security dynamics of East Asia, China-ASEAN relations, international arbitration, global governance, international relations theory, political economy, and military history.