Interns

Mr Joseph Byrne

Mr Joseph Byrne is a Research Intern at Project Alpha. Joe is currently studying his MA in Intelligence and International Security at King’s College London focusing on open source intelligence and non-proliferation issues.

Joe has previously worked for NGO’s in Brussels focusing on European policy as-well as research experience at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a London based think tank.

Contact Information

Email: joseph.byrne@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Niamh Healy

Ms Niamh Healy has interned at Project Alpha since February 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in National Security Studies at King’s College London. She holds a BA in Law with European and International Law from the University of Oxford. As part of her undergraduate degree, Niamh spent a year studying at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She has previously worked in private-sector defence and aerospace and as a programmer for a start-up technology company.

Niamh’s research interests lie in counter-proliferation, authoritarian states, and the automation and enhancement of open-source intelligence through computer programming, particularly using deep learning frameworks.

Contact Information

Email: niamh.healy@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Danielle Johnston

Ms Danielle Johnston’s research interests at Project Alpha include Middle East security and proliferation networks. Ms Johnston is currently completing an MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies in the Middle East Department of King’s College London. She has a background in public sector analysis and holds a BA in International Relations and a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies from the Australian National University.

Contact Information

Email: danielle.johnston@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Dhia Muhsin

Dhia Muhsin is an Intern with Project Alpha researching proliferation networks in the Middle East and North Africa. Before starting, Mr Muhsin founded and led the King’s College London Middle East and North Africa Forum in 2016 where he organised a string of panel events focusing on security issues in MENA. Concurrently, he was also a Junior Researcher at the Anglo Iraqi Studies Centre where he examined Iraqi defense issues and has also consulted on security issues in the Middle East for members of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His primary research focuses are on strategic forces and deterrence, with reference to weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Muhsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from King’s College London’s Department of War Studies where his undergraduate dissertation examined the construction of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategic doctrine in Iraq and Syria since 2011. Continuing his studies at the Department, he is currently studying for a Master of Arts in War Studies. Mr Muhsin speaks English and is fluent in Arabic and French.

Contact Information

Email: dhia.muhsin@kcl.ac.uk

Mr Felix Ruechardt

Mr Felix Ruechardt is an Intern with Project Alpha with a focus on foreign direct investment control schemes. Previously, he worked as a research assistant for the Chair for International Relations at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, and the Institute for Social Science Research Munich (ISF). There, his focus lay on the development of defence-industrial policies as well as the transformation of work through the forces of digitization. His article on arms diplomacy in France and Germany will be published in 2018.

Mr Ruechardt holds a BA in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, during which he also spent a year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is now also a part-time Master’s student in International Relations at the King’s College London War Studies Department.

Contact Information

Email:  felix.ruechardt@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Laura Salakari

Ms Laura Salakari is a Research Intern at Project Alpha starting from October 2017. Her research interests focus on East Asian Security, particularly on the stability of the Korean Peninsula, and consequently on the North Korean nuclear programme and its nuclear stand-off with the rest of the world.  Her background is in general international relations and political science theory by virtue of her previous studies.

Ms Salakari holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Non-Proliferation and International Security at King’s College London, projected to graduate in 2019. Besides English, she also speaks Finnish and Korean.

Contact Information

Email: laura.salakari@kcl.ac.uk

Ms Eunha Yun

Ms Eunha Yun has been a research intern at Project Alpha since February 2018. She is currently studying for a Master of Arts in International Relations at King’s College London. Ms Yun holds a BA with Honours in International and Area Studies and Communication Arts from Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea.

Ms Yun’s research interests are East Asian Security, Japanese foreign policy and security of the Korean Peninsula. She speaks Korean, Japanese and English.

Contact Information

Email: eunha.1.yun@kcl.ac.uk

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