Zack Baddorf

Senior Fellow / Disinformation Researcher focused on Countering Violent Extremism

Zack Baddorf is a national security and foreign policy practitioner with more than 18 years experience on the frontlines of the world’s conflicts, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Crimea, Kashmir and the West Bank.

He has led and executed projects for U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Peace Corps, as well as various non-governmental organizations and private companies.

As a foreign correspondent, his research and analysis has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and many other publications.

Zack has received multiple awards for his strategic initiatives, creative problem solving, and ability to manage crises.

Amanda Blair

Junior Fellow

Amanda Blair is a Master’s student at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs with a focus on national security, law and policy. At Yale, Amanda has worked as a teaching fellow for a class on data governance, as well as a research assistant for a project on opposition campaign strategies. She previously worked as an analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, a global financial litigation firm in Washington DC, where she contributed primarily to the firm’s cross-border government enforcement defense matters.

As an undergraduate, Amanda studied international relations and economics through a joint degree program between the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews. Her work as a research fellow at the Project on International Peace & Security, an undergraduate think-tank, was recognized by faculty at William & Mary to receive the International Relations Award for Excellence in 2016.

Liam McHugh

Junior Fellow

Liam recently graduated from John Jay College with a Masters in Criminal Justice, specializing in Terrorism Studies and Criminal Law & Procedure. He also received Advanced Certificates in Terrorism Studies, and Criminal Investigation. While at John Jay College, Liam studied global security issues in Athens, Greece including the ongoing refugee crisis, terrorism, and organized crime in the region.

As an undergraduate, Liam studied at the University of Denver majoring in psychology, and minoring in criminology and international studies. Liam has also held internships with the Colorado Governor's Office, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office of Colorado, and the Psychology Lab at the University of Denver.

Walton Mulroy


Michael "Walton" Mulroy is an undergraduate student at the University of Montana studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations & Comparative Politics. He is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a Reconnaissance Marine at 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, Alameda, California. Under a Unit Deployment Program, he worked in bi-lateral training with South Korea’s 1st & 2nd Republic of Korea Reconnaissance Battalions and the Philippine National Police Maritime Group and the Philippine Marine Reconnaissance Group. In other past work experiences, he interned at Capitol Hill for a United States Senator. Growing up, he had the privilege to live and attend schools in Athens, Greece, Nairobi, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda.

Olivia Shoemaker


Olivia Shoemaker is a rising senior at Yale College, majoring in Global Affairs with a focus on data analysis and international security. During her junior year, she interned at AFRICOM where she prepared regional maps, infographics, and other data visualizations for senior decision-makers. She has also worked as a data analyst at Lights On, a police relations program, in pursuit of more restorative processes between law enforcement agencies and underserved communities.

In the summer of 2019, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe where she organized an internationally-televised conference on fiscal transparency, composed sections of the annual human rights report for Congress, and drafted speeches for the ambassador.

Olivia has also served as a student editor at the Yale Law Journal, Africa research assistant at the Yale Political Violence FieldLab, and intern at MicroGrants in Minneapolis. When not working or studying, she enjoys leading a middle-school youth group, hiking with friends, and racing with the Yale Cycling Team.

Alan Shaw-Krivosh


Alan Shaw-Krivosh is a Master’s student at the University of St. Andrews, School of International Relations with a focus on security studies in the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia. Prior to St. Andrews, Alan worked as an Associate at an economic consulting firm. He previously worked as a Litigation Analyst at Munger, Tolles and Olson, a full-service law firm highly regarded in the field of litigation.

Prior to that, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles and completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations. Throughout his time at UCLA, Alan held various internships including with a member of the House of Representatives in Los Angeles, a California State Senate official, and an international trade internship at the Trade Commission of Peru. In 2018, he was also accepted into the highly competitive UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy program, where he lived in Washington, D.C. and interned on Capitol Hill for another member of the House of Representatives. In 2016, he received a counter-terrorism certificate from IDC Herziliya in Israel where he met high-level military officials and counter-terrorism experts.