Jaiden Manuel is the Fall 2023 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Intern for the Office of Global Perspectives and International Initiatives. He is a Senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science concentrating on Intelligence and National Security, with a minor in Psychology and undergrad certificates in Behavioral Forensics and Criminal Profiling. Manuel is a member of the Club on Security & Intelligence and an ICCAE Scholar. His research interests include current and emerging threats on national security and the middle eastern activity. Upon graduation, he plans on moving to the DC metro area to pursue a career in the Intelligence Community. A student of English, Manuel plans on expanding his language and cultural understanding by traveling Western Europe and Eastern Asia.