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IR Insider is a production of NYU's International Relations Society. Our goal is to explain and discuss issues in IR in an engaging and thought-provoking fashion. We are written by students, for students, about issues students care about. 

the executive board

The IR INSIDER/IR SOCIETY Executive Board is composed of NYU students in the fields of International Relations, Journalism, Economics, and other concentrations relevant to the coverage of international news. In addition to organizing many medium to large-scale events for the NYU community of interest, board members coordinate and edit for IR INSIDER on a daily basis. Apart from ensuring the overall quality of the publication, each member writes regularly across many categories on IR INSIDER.

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Xiying is the President of IR Society and Editor-in-Chief for IR INSIDER. She is currently a senior in CAS, double majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in French. She enjoys exploring cultures through the perspectives of languages and has studied abroad in Florence, Buenos Aires, and Paris. She is currently interning for the U.S. Foreign Policy Department at the Council on Foreign Relations. During her free time, she enjoys cooking and boxing. She also loves traveling and has been to more than 30 countries all around the world. Her LinkedIn profile can be found via this link.


Petra Szepesi

Petra is the Vice-President of IR Society and Editor-in-Chief for IR INSIDER. She is a senior in CAS, double majoring in International Relations and Economics. She’s passionate about advocating for human rights, and also has a deep interest in foreign affairs and diplomacy.

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Jamin is the Secretary of the IR Society and Editor of the Event Reporting and Cartoon sections at IR INSIDER. A political junkie-in-training, Jamin wrote monthly briefs on political and IR-related events around New York City before entering the IR Society E-Board, where he became involved in managing the IR Society’s Facebook page. Jamin’s hobbies include sketching and exploring the peripheries of New York City.

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Julia Guo is the Social Media and Audience Development Chair at the International Relations Society at NYU. Also working as the EIC of Saturday and an event reporter for IR Insider, Julia majors in Politics and Journalism with a minor in French. She values her Chartreux cat in Beijing the most. Julia is also extremely lazy so this will be the end of her bio.

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Ayako ohara

Ayako is Alumni Relations and Event Development Chair and a reporter for East Asia section in IR Society. She is in her second year at IR Society and is currently a sophomore studying International Relations and Computer Science at CAS. She was born and raised in Japan, and spent a bit of her childhood in San Francisco. She passionately follows the Russian probe. She loves to eat and travel. Especially, she loves everything and every location with good chocolate. In her free time, she wants to explore New York City, her second favorite city in the world. But most of all, she tries to prioritize hanging out with friends.


Sonia Hossain

Sonia is an Alumni Relations and Event Development Chair and a managing editor for the publication. She is a second year in Liberal Studies at New York University. She is from Richmond, Virginia and has also lived in Florida, New York, and Canada. Sonia is pursuing a major in psychology and an accelerated master’s in international relations. She hopes to continue on to law school and practice international criminal law. Sonia is a member of multiple organizations around campus, including the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club and NYU Alternative Breaks. She loves to read, listen to music, travel, and play with cute dogs she meets in the middle of New York City streets.


David Tianmu Yang

David is an executive board member of the International Relations Society and a publishing assistant at the IR Insider. He comes from Qingdao, China and is currently a sophomore at NYU College of Arts and Science. David is currently majoring in International Relations and Economics while pursuing a minor in French. As an international student, David is interested in making friends from all around the world and sharing unique cultural experiences with others. During his spare time, David loves to read, play the piano, and do jogging along Hudson River.

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Kevin Moya

Kevin Moya is currently a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science pursuing a double major in Economics and Politics. He is an Executive Board Member of the NYU International Relations Society and recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, a full tuition merit-based scholarship given to incoming NYU students for four years of study. He was born in London and has lived in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and the United States. In high school Kevin took an active role in a variety of clubs, ranging from Board Member of the Wilton High School Wind Ensemble to Vice President of the French Honor Society. Outside of school he ran the nonprofit Wilton Roots of Music, an organization which introduces children ages 5-12 to music over the summer. He has also volunteered at the Philippine Red Cross to distribute goods to those affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Kevin was an intern at Morgan Stanley during the summer of 2017 and an intern at CBRE and Creative Artists Agency during the summer of 2018. He has returned to Morgan Stanley as an intern working under the Gerson, Guarino, and Meisel Wealth Management Group. In his free time Kevin enjoys reading, biking, watching Netflix, and, most importantly, finding places to eat great food.


Mallika Parlikar

Mallika is an executive board member of the International Relations Society and a publisher for IR Insider. She is a junior at NYU majoring in Politics with a double minor in Philosophy and Peace & Conflict Studies. Originally from California, Mallika moved to New York to not only attend NYU, but also to pursue her career. Today, she works for Interfor International, a global intelligence firm and will spend her spring semester interning at the Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions. She hopes to attend law school following graduation, working to solve international and humanitarian issues.

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Srey is currently a junior at NYU majoring in International Relations and Journalism and minoring in Psychology. She is a member of the executive board for IR Society and is a publisher for Saturdays. Born in Mumbai, India, Srey has lived in London, Boston, Chicago, Singapore, and Melbourne. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and is interested South Asian politics. During her free time, Srey enjoys watching true crime shows and finding new places to eat in the Lower East Side.


Grace Kim

Grace Kim is a publisher for the IR Insider. She comes from Moorestown, New Jersey and is a second-year student in Liberal Studies, planning to major in politics. As a passionate traveler, Grace enjoys learning the culture and languages of different countries. Although she often finds it difficult, Grace tries to practice her Spanish with her Spanish-speaking friends at least twice a week and is open to learning more languages. During her free time, Grace loves going to intense cycling classes or stay in her bed and rewatch all the episodes of How I Met Your Mother.

Lila Rosenzweig

Lila is a publisher for IR Insider and is currently a Sophomore majoring in International Relations. Although she was born in North Carolina, she lived in Switzerland for a few years, giving her a deep appreciation for learning other cultures and languages. She also has a strong love of traveling, and wants to visit every continent at least once. When she isn't studying, Lila enjoys trying new restaurants and cuisines with her friends, or listening to music while solving logic puzzles.