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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.



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. Able to speak four languages, including English (fluent), Mandarin (fluent), French (proficient), and Italian (competent), she enjoys exploring cultures through the perspectives of languages and has studied abroad in Florence, Buenos Aires, and Paris. In the past, she has interned for several influential non-profit organizations, public agencies, and finance/business firms. 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 the IR Society and Executive Editor 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. She is currently interning at the Global Philanthropist Circle at Synergos Institute.



Daniela is an Executive Editor for the IR INSIDER. She is currently a pre-law junior in CAS, double majoring in journalism and politics. She has had various internships rooted in public service under her belt, from the New York City Council to the Lawyer's Committee on Nuclear Policy.  In her spare time, Daniela loves to read, travel, listen to music, and eat the occasional jar of Nutella. 


Coco wang

Coco Wang is the Managing Editor for IR INSIDER. She is a sophomore at CAS on pre-law track, majoring in Economics and Philosophy and pursuing a professional career in journalism and law. She was the deputy news editor of Washington Square News and the EIC of Pharos media. She is a dog person, a foodie, a Japanese learner, an indie movie lover, and a native Shanghainese. She is also passionate about vocal performances and arts from A cappella to jazz to choral music as well as street photography and film. 

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Jamin is the Social Media and Audience Development Chair of IR Society, as well as the publishing assistant and editor of the Event Reporting Section for IR INSIDER. He is currently studying Liberal Studies at New York University. In high school, he synchronized his interest in politics and lifelong passion for cartooning by drawing political cartoons for the Goldfinger Sodcast, which was named one of the top three student podcasts in New Jersey by the Garden State Student Press Association (GSSPA). When he's free, Jamin is either drawing or rambling about the news on Facebook. 

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Julia Guo is currently working as a publishing assistant and a event reporter for the International Relations Society at NYU. Julia is a freshman on a pre-law track in the College of Arts and Science at NYU, intending to study International Relations. Born and raised in Beijing, Julia is looking forward to  exploring other cosmopolitan cities in the world. She is also passionate about globally common interests like food eating and makeup. Julia is also a Taylor Swift fan (and takes no shame in admitting that). She values her Chartreux cat the most. 

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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.

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Fei Zhao is a senior neuroscience major with minors in chemistry and psychology. She is the treasurer for IR Society as well as a managing editor and writer for IR Insider. Fei currently works at NYU's Center for Neuroscience at the Movshon lab doing research on the effects of adaptive stimuli on visual texture discrimination.  In her free time, when she's not busy recovering from sleep deprivation, she enjoys figure skating, binge-watching TV shows, and playing piano.


Sonia Hossain

Sonia is an editor and publisher for IR Insider. She is a first year in Liberal Studies at New York University. She is from Richmond, Virginia and has also lived in Florida, New York, and Canada. She has attended multiple schools throughout her academic career and graduated with an IB Diploma. Sonia is pursuing a major in International Relations and hopes to continue on to law school. She is a member of multiple organizations around campus, including the Liberal Studies Law Co-op, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, and 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.