Students have the opportunity to join CGS as affiliates during their first year at the Bush School. CGS student affiliates are encouraged to:
- Pursue coursework within the concentration in International Politics and Grand Strategy
- Attend CGS events
- Participate in CGS-sponsored programs such as the John Quincy Adams Society
First-year affiliates have the opportunity to attend small gatherings with guest speakers and career talks with Bush School alumni. They may also receive preference, if space is limited, in certain classes. First-year affiliates who distinguish themselves through their engagement with CGS will be invited to become fellows for their second year at the Bush School. CGS student fellows are eligible for summer internship support, will be leading candidates for CGS GAR positions, and may be invited to work with CGS faculty to compose an essay for publication on the CGS website.
CGS Student Affiliates
Pal Brahmbhatt earned a BA in international relations and mass communication in 2018 from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (India). She brings over four years of experience working in the nonprofit sectors in Tanzania and India, and, after working in these developing nations, she firmly believes that the key for tomorrow lies in children. To help them, Brahmbhatt took a leadership role and founded Prayas, a nonprofit that works to counter drug addiction and assists with mental health issues for underprivileged children. An avid researcher, she won the Best Paper Award at the European Institute for Economics, Political and Social Research in Switzerland. She is excited to apply her experiences at the Bush School and work with international organizations to further inclusivity and support sustainable development.
- May 13, 2021: 2034 and the Threat of Russian Submarine Cable Sabotage
Michael is a first-year Master of International Affairs student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service with interests in nuclear security and American grand strategy. Before attending the Bush School, he completed his BA in political science at Hofstra University in 2020. Michael has previously interned in research positions at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, as well as spending a summer in the Philippines working as a research assistant for a public-health-focused project in Manila.
Jonathan Carroll is a military historian PhD Candidate with the Department of History, specializing in military history from the American and French Revolutions to the present day. A native of the Republic of Ireland, Jonathan graduated with a Law Degree in 2015, and completed his Master’s in Military History and Strategic Studies in 2016, both from Maynooth University. His research interests include military operations other than war (MOOTW) focusing on military interventions, low-intensity conflict, and counterinsurgency. His current research project, God’s Work in Hell, explores the intervention in Somalia from 1992-1995 by UNOSOM/UNITAF moving away from the current dominance of Black Hawk Down to establish what happened during this experiment in the world’s first failed state. His research argues that Somalia was a preview of Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror. Before coming to Texas A&M Jonathan taught at the Defence Forces Military College, and is a former service member with the Infantry Corps of the Defence Forces. As such he also researches and writes on Irish defense policy.
David DuVall graduated from North Park University (IL) in 2014 with a BS in business and economics. During his time at North Park, he was active in SGA, Economic Freedom, and University Ministries. Notably, David founded and led a service trip to Central Appalachia, where he and twenty fellow students volunteered with a home repair ministry.
After graduating, David worked for a strategic fundraising consultancy and was a Field Director on a $130 million dollar campaign in Cincinnati, OH. Most recently, he worked for a software company in Chicago, where he implemented and managed a global partner program consisting of twenty-eight members in eight countries.
At the Bush School, David is pursuing an MPSA (’22) with a focus on state and local government and security policy. He’s excited to join the Albritton Center as a student fellow to better understand how domestic policy influences America’s grand strategy and the impact those policy decisions have on the world.
David and his wife, Kara, live in Bryan with their daughter, Sophie.
Roy Eakin pursued a BA in history, with a minor in Asian studies, and graduated cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2018. During his time as an undergraduate, he developed a strong interest in modern Chinese affairs and Chinese history. This interest led him to spend a semester abroad in Mainland China as an undergraduate and later to pursue over one year of full-time Mandarin Chinese study in Taiwan. Roy is interested in how China’s multifaceted rise has influenced U.S-China relations, Chinese foreign policy initiatives, cross-strait relations, and security issues in the Indo-Pacific.
- August 6, 2021: Build Back American Engagement with Southeast Asia: The B3W Partnership and the American Approach to Southeast Asia
- April 28, 2021: The Never-Ending Civil War: China’s Efforts to Delegitimize Taiwan
CJ Godkin completed his studies at Texas A&M University in 2019. He received a BS in political science, with a minor in history. During his time as an undergraduate, CJ was heavily involved with the Memorial Student Center (MSC) and served in various officer roles within the organization. As a result of his involvement with the MSC, he was awarded the J. Wayne Stark Outstanding Leadership Award. Before graduating, CJ was also able to complete a summer internship in Santiago, Chile, working with a local NGO on education policy issues. He is excited to join the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy and explore the role of diplomacy and development in grand strategy.
- Nov. 16, 2020: Lingering Specters: Student Visas, Strategic Missteps, and the Cautionary Tale of Qian Xuesen
- Aug. 12, 2020: Mightier Than the Sword: Preparing American Diplomacy for a Post-Primacy World
Carter Keating is a first-year Master of International Affairs student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. His professional interests include international diplomacy, grand strategy, and transnational security issues. Before coming to the Bush school, Carter earned a BBA in marketing and advertising strategy from Texas A&M University, where he served as the writing and script supervisor for the 2020 TAMU National Student Advertising Competition Team. Beyond his studies, Carter enjoys running and spending time with friends.
Audrey Kuhnle completed her BA in international criminal justice, with a minor in political science, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2020. During her undergraduate studies, Audrey found a passion for justice and human rights. She was a member of the John Jay College Women’s Soccer team for two years, receiving scholar-athlete awards from John Jay and the CUNY Athletic Conference. In her second year at John Jay, she moved to Albany to participate in the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Service. After a successful legislative session, she moved back to New York City and became the program manager of a national political nonprofit. To focus more on international politics, Audrey is currently a Junior Associate at an international public strategy firm. While completing her undergraduate degree in three years, she received Dean’s List awards five times along with being awarded a Presidential Scholar from John Jay. At the Bush School, her current concentrations are cyber policy, international politics and grand strategy, intelligence, and U.S. military and defense policy.
Niko Pittore is a first-year Master of International Affairs student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor of arts in world politics, specializing in foreign policy and security. His research interests at the Bush School include American foreign policy, particularly toward Iran and the Persian Gulf; Iranian foreign policy; and European security affairs, with a focus on NATO. His concentrations at the Bush School will be international politics/grand strategy and the Middle East. Before coming to the Bush School, he was a research intern in the Defense and Foreign Policy Studies Department at the Cato Institute as well as for U.S. Senator Rob Portman and former Ohio Governor John Kasich. While at Ohio State and Cato, he had six case studies published by Dr. John Mueller and the Cato Press on domestic terrorism in the United States since 9/11.
- Sept. 30, 2020: Time to Look Forward: How Washington Needs a New Iran Strategy
- Aug. 4, 2020: China and Iran: A Case Study in the Failure of American Overreach
Abdel Rahman Taha
Abdel Rahman Taha is a first-year Master of International Affairs student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. His research interests include grand strategy, civil-military relations, security in the Middle East, and United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Before joining the Bush School, Abdel lived in Lebanon for five years, obtaining a BA in political studies from the American University of Beirut and working on geopolitical research.
May 27, 2021: The Palestinian Question: An Enduring Crisis
Ashley Vance is a PhD candidate in United States history. Her dissertation focuses on the U.S. Army’s presence in Germany in the decades following World War II. Within the context of the shifting international landscape during the early Cold War, her research examines how the military created a unique Cold War army in West Germany that was a combat-focused peacetime deployment. She also addresses the soldiers’ lived experience and how their perceptions and behavior influenced Army policy at the time.
Annie Joy Williams
Annie Joy Williams completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi through the Lott Leadership Institute, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership and a minor in Journalism in 2020. In the summer of 2018, she received a scholarship from the Lott Leadership Institute to conduct a self-designed research study at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she primarily studied women’s rights in the region and Saudi-American relations while working to improve her Arabic skills. In 2019, Annie Joy studied conﬂict resolution and city planning at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. In her time at Ole Miss, Annie Joy held the role of director of philanthropy and community service for the student body. She also served as head dance instructor and choreographer at two large dance studios in Mississippi. Currently, Annie Joy is a student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service where she is pursuing a Masters in International Affairs with concentrations in Middle Eastern Studies, International Media Engagement, and Women, Peace, and Security Studies. Annie Joy is a member of the Bush School Ambassadors Council, as well as the Bush School Public Service Organization.
- Aug. 23, 2021: Confronting the Oppression of Journalists: Egypt First