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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. 


IR INSIDER has a dedicated editor for every category we feature, totaling up to sixteen regular column editors as listed below. Our editors perform a variety of task from handling pitches to editing raw material while upholding them to AP standards. Should you be interested in their work, you may access their individual columns as well. 

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Helen you

Helen You is a senior in CAS pursuing a bachelors in International Relations and a Masters degree at the Graduate School of Arts and Science in International Relations with a concentration in International Law and Political Economy. She previously served as a Writer for Western Europe and is now an Editor-in-Chief at IR Insider. She is primarily interested in the role of intelligence and cyber warfare in international security cooperation and diplomacy. She is currently the Competition Organizer and Director of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Policy Competition and the NYU Policy Case Competition (PCC). She also has experience working with recently resettled refugee youth in the DC area and hopes to one day work at the State Department. In her free time, she can be found binge watching West Wing, playing soccer, and occasionally trapezing at Pier 40.




Yun-Da Tsai is a senior in the College of Arts and Science majoring in International Relations — specializing in the East Asian region — with minors in Chemistry and Japanese. In his second year with the IR INSIDER, he serves as the editor for the East Asia section and a contributing writer for Eastern-Central Europe. Yun-Da is deeply interested in East Asian affairs, international law, and the workings of the United Nations while also keeping up a healthy pursuit of historical knowledge of regional affairs and political developments.





Sargam Prakash is a junior at CAS, double majoring in International Relations and Economics. Coming from a third-culture kid background, she grew up in New Delhi, New York, and Dubai. She studied abroad in Prague in her sophomore year, cultivating her interest in the region of Eastern and Central Europe. She is active in the NYUMUN Conferences and has been published in the NYU Historian, the history department's undergraduate journal. She loves to travel, having been to over 50 countries, and watching TV and movies.



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Sara Mendez is a Senior at the College of Arts and Science majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. Born and raised in Colombia, she migrated to the United States at the age of 10. Her experiences as an immigrant have greatly influenced her interest in promoting cultural diversity, learning new languages, and advocating for the rights of minorities. In her free time, Sara relaxes by sketching and reading for pleasure.

carine zambrano

Carine Zambrano is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in European and Mediterranean Studies. Born and raised in Northeastern Brazil, she always maintained a keen interest in Latin American affairs. Her decision to attend university in New York City was sparked by a desire to experience diverse cultures, meet new people and learn different languages. These are the same reasons why she has been studying at NYU Florence since the spring of 2018. After arriving in Italy, her passion for human rights and migration has increased, prompting her to conduct research on those topics as part of the European Union in Focus Working Group. She is also enthusiastic about history, politics, and feminism and hopes to work in an intersection of those fields in the future.




esha bajaj

Esha Bajaj is in the International Relations Program, Class of 2020. Coming from San Francisco, she is a published author of three novels, a former professional level dancer, and a future lawyer (hopefully!). Writing has been her passion, and she was drawn to the IR program by the opportunity to write an honors thesis. Esha loves challenging herself and opening her mind to new ideas and perspectives, which is why she wants to join IR Insider. She also hopes to meet people who are also studying politics, economics, and journalism.



lara dreux

Lara Dreux is the editor for the Southeast Asia and Oceania section. Born and raised in Italy, with French, English and Israeli origins, she comes from an international background. She has always been intrigued by the world of international disputes, crime and world history, and thus am interested in reporting such issues through her love of writing. Being fluent in four languages has been a great asset when researching and attempting to fully comprehend global issues, enabling her to immerse myself in foreign cultures with relative ease. Writing, analytically in particular, is an art she enjoys and she is keen on utilising it as a means to report matters of interest/urgency through the newspaper industry; spreading awareness and denouncing hidden truths.



Leigh anderson

Leigh Anderson is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Journalism and Cinema studies with a minor in Spanish. Since studying abroad in Madrid during the spring of 2017, she has been set on working toward a career in international news or political journalism. Passionate about human rights and education, she strives to help people open their minds to new perspectives about social change through her writing. When she’s not reading up on the latest news, she can probably be found indulging in several different pasta dishes at once. To balance out her love for carbs, Leigh is also an avid runner and hopes to one day compete in the New York City marathon.


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Emily Termotto is a second-year graduate student in IR at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. She grew up in Northern California and attended NYU as an IR honors major during undergrad. She has a strong interest in international politics, foreign policy, and the Middle East and focusses her graduate studies in Middle Eastern & Levantine Studies. She currently serves as the Middle East North Africa Editor. Emily enjoys reading, hiking, and walking her dog Peanut in her free time.



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desmond yeoh

Desmond is a sophomore studying Biological and Business Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York. He was born in Queens, NYC and spent most of his formative years in Malaysia. The issues and areas that he’s passionate about include campaign finance reform, healthcare marketplaces and presidential elections. In the future, Desmond plans to enroll in medical school and hopefully become an anesthesiologist. Desmond is fluent in three languages, Chinese, English and Cantonese and can read and write basic Malay, the national language of his adoptive country. His hobbies include reading political news, binge watching movies and singing karaoke with friends.


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Claire is a sophomore at NYU’s College of Arts and Science studying Politics and Philosophy. She is on the pre-law track and hopes to someday work in the field of international human rights law. This is her second semester as a writer for the IR Insider at NYU. She is a member of the Presidential Honors Scholar Program at the College of Arts and Science and spent the past summer studying in Madrid. Claire is also a former pre-professional ballet dancer.

Claire is also an Environment writer for IR Insider.

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Ritika Pathak is the Editor of the Economics and Business Section of the IR Insider and a senior year graduate student at NYU in the department of International Relations. Her interests lie in macroeconomics, financial management and econometrics.

Before coming to NYU, Ritika worked as a Financial Analyst in Crowe Horwath LLP where she conducted financial audits for companies in banking, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. She intends to blend her knowledge of economics and mathematics with her experience in financial management to design sustainable, robust and efficient policies. Ritika holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from DAVV, India.



Fei Zhao

Fei Zhao is a NYU graduate who majored in neuroscience and minored in chemistry and psychology. She is a former treasurer for the IR Society, a former managing editor and writer for IR Insider, and the current editor for the Science and Technology section. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating, binge-watching TV shows, reading, and playing piano.



Sonia Hossain

Sonia 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.




Manny is a first year student in the College of Arts and Science as a prospective International Relations major with a pre-law track. Outside of class, he is the head policy debate coach for Stuyvesant High School as well as an assistant at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. His writing interests include global warming, ocean acidification, and the geopolitical impacts of a changing environment.


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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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Kevin moya

Kevin Moya is currently a sophmore in the College of Arts and Science pursuing a double major in Economics and Politics. Kevin is the Publisher for Wednesdays, Editor for the Foreign News Monitoring section, and a member of the Executive Board. 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 the Wind Ensemble to the Orchestra to 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. Additionally, he was an intern at Morgan Stanley during the summer of 2017. In his free time Kevin enjoys reading, biking, watching Netflix, and, most importantly, finding places to eat great food.




Ziva is a senior double majoring in International Relations and Journalism. Born and raised in New Delhi, she’s passionate about shedding light on the issues that face developing countries and humanizing world politics. In the past, she has worked with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation in India and as a journalism intern at New Delhi Television Limited. This semester however, Ziva is interning in the Legal Department of SONY Corporation of America to gain experience for a possible career in International Law. And, when she’s not at work or school, you can find her eating fries or taking snapchats of her many dogs!