Kari Smith is an intern for the Global Perspectives Office. A senior at Rollins College, she is majoring in International Affairs, with a minor in Organizational Communication. Her research interests include Asian politics, and global peace and security. Upon graduation, Smith plans to pursue a graduate degree in international studies and a career in foreign affairs. Smith is currently studying Japanese and has traveled to Japan.
Terrorism Studies Fellow
Ken Klose is the Terrorism Studies Fellow for Fall 2011, under the auspices of the Stephen Sloan Terrorism Studies Fund of the Global Connections Foundation, for the Global Perspectives Office. He is a graduate student at UCF, studying Political Science/International Relations. Klose received a B.A. from UCF in Political Science – International Relations track, with minors in both Russian Area Studies and History. From 2006-2007, he served in Iraq as Platoon Leader in the 1st Calvary Division of the U.S. Army. From 2010-2011, Klose served in Afghanistan as Troop Commander in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. His research interests include Iranian foreign policy, Israeli national security policy and counter-terrorism. Klose has studied Russian and French, as well as Arabic and Pashto. He has traveled to Costa Rica, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Jeffrey Higgins is the Global Fellow for Fall 2011, under the auspices of The Lawrence J. Chastang Global Fellows Program at the University of Central Florida, for the Global Perspectives Office. Previously he was the China-Taiwan Fellow for the office. A senior at UCF, he is majoring in International and Global Studies, with a minor in Asian Studies. He is the Academic Affairs Director for the UCF Honors Congress. His research interests include terrorism studies, arms control and East Asian geo-politics. Upon graduation, Higgins plans to teach English in Asia, and then pursue a graduate degree in Asian studies. He speaks conversational Japanese and has traveled to the United Kingdom.
Global Peace Fellow
Justin Sanak is the Global Peace Fellow for Fall 2011, under the auspices of The Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship Program, for the Global Perspectives Office. A senior at UCF, he is majoring in Journalism, with minors in Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies. He is a National Merit Scholar and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Sanak’s research interests include security policy, and the role of the news media in the Middle East and Latin America. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in international relations or security law. Sanak is fluent in Spanish and speaks some Arabic.
Gabrielle Swaby is the 2011-2012 MacArthur Scholar, under the auspices of the William MacArthur International Affairs Program, for the Global Perspectives Office. A junior at UCF, she is majoring in French and Environmental Studies, with a minor in International and Global Studies. She serves as the Student Government Association’s Relations Director for the Multicultural Student Center, and is the Secretary of the National French Honors Society. Her research interests include environmental law and global environmental sustainability. Upon graduation, Swaby plans to pursue graduate studies in either international relations or public policy. A native of Jamaica, she is studying French and has traveled throughout the Caribbean.
Remi Vespi is the India Fellow for Spring 2011 under the auspices of The Anil and Chitra Deshpande India Program Endowed Fund, for the Global Perspectives Office. A junior at UCF, she is majoring in Legal Studies, with a minor in International and Global Studies. She volunteers at the Seminole County Humane Society, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her research interests include human rights, international law and European cultures. Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school to study international law. A native of Canada, Vespi speaks conversational Italian and Spanish. She has traveled to China and throughout Europe.