Georgetown Security Studies Review (GSSR)

The Georgetown Security Studies Review (GSSR) is the official academic review of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. Its mission is to contribute to security policy debates by exposing both specialists and general interest readers to a wide array of perspectives on both current and historical international affairs issues. In addition to full-length peer-reviewed articles, issues of GSSR feature literature reviews, letters to the editors, and op-ed pieces.

SSP students are encouraged to contribute either to the Review or to the GSSR Forum, an online-only component of GSSR which hopes to contribute to ongoing debates about U.S. foreign policy, national security, and international security.

The Spring 2018 GSSR Editorial Board includes:

Editor-in-Chief: Rebekah Kennel

Rebekah Kennel is an M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program, concentrating in international security.  Prior to serving as Editor-in-Chief, Rebekah was the Associate Editor for Asia. Rebekah has worked on security sector reform with the EU and INGOs in Burma. Her current research interests examine China-United States relations and in particular the national security implications of the strategies and policies that China will seek to put in place to manage its military, economic and demographic challenges in order fulfill its national rejuvenation. Rebekah is a graduate of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Honors Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Deputy Editor: Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas is an M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program, concentrating in technology and security. His research interests include assessing the cyber capabilities of state actors and the potential implications of cyber attacks targeting critical infrastructure. Jack graduated from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering with a B.S. in Computer Science and most recently worked as a Cyber Security Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he responded to cyber incidents and developed the security capabilities of his clients. Prior to serving as Deputy Editor, Jack was the Associate Editor for Technology & Cyber Security.

Associate Editor for Africa: Shannon Mizzi

Shannon Mizzi is an M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program, concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. Shannon currently works as a Teaching Assistant for ‘America’s National Security Toolbox,’ and has previously worked for the American Foreign Service Association, and interned with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, InterAction, and the Wilson Center. Her research interests include conflict and genocide prevention; human rights promotion; the intersection of corruption and transnational organized crime; and international diplomacy. She graduated with honors from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she majored in History. Prior to serving as an Associate Editor, Shannon was a columnist for the GSSR.

Associate Editor for the Americas: Nicholas Bradford

Nicholas Bradford is a current M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, concentrating in United States national security policy. The ambit of his substantive research interests ranges from the Russian reengagement in Latin America and the Caribbean to regional weapons transfers, narcotrafficking, money laundering, and the illicit arms trade. Prior to his studies at Georgetown, Nick worked for three years as an investment analyst in institutional fixed income asset management in Salt Lake City. Nick graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 2014, where he majored in Finance and Political Science in addition to serving as a board member of the Hinckley Journal of Politics, one of the only undergraduate-run journals of politics. From 2011-2013 Nick served a Spanish-speaking mission on behalf of his faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he acquired an abiding affinity for the Latinx cultures and voices of diverse communities from South and Central America.

Associate Editor for Europe: Luke Drabyn

Luke Drabyn is a current M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, concentrating in intelligence studies. His topical research interests include unconventional warfare, the proliferation and development of illicit transnational networks, and general security issues within and around the post-Soviet states, Europe, and Africa. Luke graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015, where he majored in Government and Legal Studies and Russian, and later spent a year in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar studying and publishing on human trafficking policy. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Quartz, Real Clear Defense, and blogs owned by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council.

Associate Editor for Indo-Pacific: Brigitta Schuchert

Brigitta Schuchert is an M.A candidate in the Security Studies Program, concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. Her current research interests include nuclear policy and deterrence, maritime security, and China-South Asia relations. Brigitta is a research intern at Atlas Organization, a consultancy focused on the strategic interests of China and India. Before beginning at SSP, she spent three years working overseas for New York University as a Writing Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. Brigitta graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2014 with departmental honors in Religious Studies.

Associate Editor for the Middle East: Stan Sundel

Stan Sundel is an M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program, concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. In a previous life, he was a news producer for several major television networks, where he covered some of the most important domestic and international stories of our time. He also helped produce interviews with everyone from Bill Clinton to Big Bird. His current research interests include information warfare, evaluating the efficacy of countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives, and just war theory. Stan graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he majored in history. Prior to serving as an Associate Editor, Stan was a reporter for the GSSR.

Associate Editor for National Security & the Military: Stephanie Pillion

Stephanie Pillion is a second semester M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program. Her concentration is US National Security Policy. She is currently a Research Intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the International Security Program. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Smith College in 2012. During her time at Smith she studied abroad in both China and Taiwan, and completed research with the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, at their Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice. Prior to joining SSP, she spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana. She served as a Civil Society Capacity Building Volunteer at the Botswana Red Cross Sefhare Stimulation Centre for two years, where she focused on improving health outcomes for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), building the capacity of her community to combat Gender Based Violence, and working with youth to educate them about HIV and TB. She spent her third year as a Program Development Assistant for USAID, where she helped manage USAID’s community development portfolio.

Associate Editor for South and Central Asia: Henry Appel

Henry Appel is a second-semester M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program, concentrating in intelligence studies. His research and professional expertise includes the Pakistan-U.S. relationship, Indo-Pakistani relations, nuclear nonproliferation, and counterterrorism. Prior to beginning at Georgetown, Henry worked in Federal consulting in the homeland security sphere. Henry graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2015 with a B.A. in Government, having completed a thesis on U.S. counterterrorism policy in Pakistan which received departmental honors. 

Associate Editor for Technology & Cyber Security: Max Freeman

Max Freeman is a first semester SSP student. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 2017 as an Information Management Technical Specialist with a strong technical background in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Cyber Security. Max has previous experience working as both an analyst and engineer with the Department of Defense (DoD). Max is eager to leverage his real-world technical expertise and classroom studies in the role of Associate Editor for Technology and Cyber Security at the Review. Max received his B.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.

Associate Editor for Terrorism & Counterterrorism: Sarah Gilkes

Sarah Gilkes is an M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. Sarah has previously held positions as a political-military analyst at the Department of Defense and as a Research Associate for the Program on Extremism (POE) at George Washington University. While at Georgetown, she has worked as Dr. Daniel Byman’s research assistant and served as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in International Law. Sarah graduated with honors from Colgate University with a B.A. in Religion. Her research interests include domestic terrorism and homegrown violent extremism; radicalization processes; deradicalization methods, programs, and initiatives; and the intersection of counterterrorism policy and law at the national and international levels.