Our Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellows

The Marcellus Policy Fellowship is the John Quincy Adams Society’s most selective program, providing promising foreign policy minds an early-career opportunity to produce independent, impact-minded research under expert guidance. Fellows learn about U.S. foreign policy from top scholars and path-breaking thinkers, refining their own ideas into a high-quality policy paper and supporting materials. The Society is pleased to announce the selection of the following individuals for its inaugural Fall 2020 cohort:

Daniel Baxter

Daniel Baxter is a writer and student from New Jersey currently based in Washington DC. He is currently studying International Relations at George Washington University, with a focus on US foreign policy and comparative politics. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and language learning.

Daniel Baxter is investigating how the principles of foreign policy restraint apply to US policy in the Asia-Pacific Region. His research focuses on the evolution of the American alliance system in East Asia and the US-South Korea alliance’s strategy towards North Korea.

Thomas Brodey

Thomas Brodey is a Junior at Amherst College. His main areas of study are History, Political Science, and International Relations. In addition to being the columnist for my college’s newspaper, the Amherst Student, he writes papers and articles about US foreign policy. This October, he will present his paper “Losing Hearts and Minds: American Propaganda during the Occupation of Iraq” at the 2020 Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Conference. 

He plans to study American Public Diplomacy in the Middle East. For many years, American attempts to improve its image in the Middle East have been marred by overly manufactured messaging, cultural gaffes, and unwillingness to work with local media. A more effective system of Public Diplomacy would allow the US to end the cycle of violence it has created in the Middle East. 

Fiona Harrigan

Fiona Harrigan is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations at the University of Arizona. At UA, she is a member of the Honors College and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the American Institute for Economic Research. Fiona writes regularly for the popular press as an associate contributor for Young Voices. Her words have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the National Interest, the Orange County Register, and others.

In her policy paper, Fiona will be exploring the U.S.-Saudi Arabian relationship. Her specific focus will be on arms deals between the two nations and how American weapons exacerbate the ongoing Yemeni Civil War. 

Artur Kalandarov

Artur Kalandarov graduated magna cum laude in Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. His undergraduate thesis evaluated the theories of Carl von Clausewitz through a comparative study of the Soviet and American wars in Afghanistan. His essay, “Why Congress and the President Need a New AUMF for the War on Terror,” won the John Quincy Adams Society/The National Interest 2020 National Foreign Policy Essay Contest.

For the fellowship, Artur’s research interests are in the legal and theoretical frameworks underlying U.S. military interventions. His research will consider the Powell Doctrine as a means to attain a more restrained foreign policy. 

Tyler Koteskey

Tyler Koteskey is a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity. In this role, he assists AFP and its sister organization, Concerned Veterans for America, in identifying and supporting legislation advancing a vision of a more realist and restrained US foreign policy. Previously, Tyler was a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation, where he studied education reform and school finance formulas. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tyler has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles and is based in Washington, D.C

Tyler will be researching how the U.S. can more sustainably and effectively provide for its defense by tailoring DOD spending to support a grand strategy of offshore balancing. His paper will identify areas where unnecessary expenditures can be reduced and where existing spending can be re-prioritized to maximize America’s long-term ability to meet and deter its principal anticipated threats in the coming decades.

Geoff LaMear

Geoff LaMear is a Boren Scholar at the University of Chicago. Having finished his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, he will spend 2021 studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan. He hopes to pursue a career in defense policy focusing on the MENA region and promoting a restrained U.S. foreign policy. 

To this end, his policy paper focuses on how to manage escalation with Iran-aligned non-state actors. If the U.S. seeks to promote stability and prevent being drawn into a regional conflict, it must not fall into the trap of cyclical escalation. 

Matthew Mai

Matthew Mai is a rising junior at Rutgers University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a minor in Critical Intelligence Studies. In addition to his studies, he has written independently about international politics and US foreign policy. While currently serving as an editorial intern for the Rutgers undergraduate research journal Dialogues@RU, he is also due to have a thesis paper on the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide published in the journal’s Fall 2020 edition. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys learning about history, political philosophy, and international relations. After completing his undergraduate degree, he intends to go to graduate school before pursuing a career in the field of foreign policy.

As a Marcellus Policy Fellow, Matthew will be writing a paper on the U.S. posture towards Russia and how it can be better calibrated to reduce diplomatic hostility between both sides while encouraging the growth of a mutually beneficial relationship at a time when American policymakers should be focused on meeting the challenge of a rising China. To that end, he will identify what U.S. interests are in Europe today and propose policy measures designed to foster constructive engagement while also assessing the limits of what detente can achieve.

Daniel Remler

Daniel Remler is a Master’s in Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously he worked as a Research Associate with the Economics Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he focused on U.S. international economic policy, the economies of East Asia, and global governance. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the University of California, Berkeley.

The United States has close security and economic relationships with a trio of Southeast Asian states each of which poses unique challenges to U.S. foreign policy: the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. This paper will explore how U.S. relations with these states can be better adapted to a regional security environment more focused on the rise of China and less so on the Global War on Terror, while positioning the United States to better support human rights in those countries.

Lucy Santora

Lucy Santora is a second year Masters of Public Diplomacy Candidate at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She was recently a Junior Fellow for Programs and Special Initiatives at the Pacific Council, which sparked her interest in exchange diplomacy. Her passion for refugee policy has been fueled by her positions as a Case Manager at the International Institute of New England and as part of the Refugee Representation team at Human Rights First. She is the President of the Society of Public Diplomats for FY2020-2021, the first student-run organization dedicated to public diplomacy scholarship and practice in the United States.  Lucy is also the Director of Strategic Communications for Public Diplomacy Magazine, which has readership in 99 countries.  She is excited to break into the world of policy development through the Marcellus Policy Fellowship and hopes to have a career in U.S. foreign policy.

Lucy seeks to develop a restraint framework for humanitarian intervention that addresses the shortcomings of R2P and economic sanctions.  It will emphasize prevention through public diplomacy tools, while acknowledging the near inevitability of humanitarian crises.  The policy roots the evaluation of intervention in identifying key performance indicators and a sound exit strategy.

Scott Strgacich

Scott Strgacich is a writer and researcher from Los Angeles, California focused on a range of subjects in global affairs including US strategy in the Persian Gulf, Iranian foreign policy, nonproliferation, and the structures of modern democratic states. He is also passionate about Egyptology, Mesoamerican archaeology, Renaissance political theory and the applied history of the Classical world with a special focus on the Roman Republic. Scott graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a BA in political science. His honors thesis explored the origins and future of Iranian strategic culture. He currently works for the US House of Representatives.

He intends to map out the flux in US-Iranian relations over the past few years with the principle intent of examining how Iranian foreign policy has been influenced by the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018. He will develop a framework for what Iranian strategic culture looks like today and utilize this framework to explain recent Iranian actions in the Gulf. This, he hopes, will better inform how US policymakers ought to interpret and respond to these policy fluctuations from Tehran.