Mr. Felix Ruechardt
Mr Felix Ruechardt is an intern with Project Alpha with a focus on foreign direct investment screening mechanisms. Other research interests of his are deterrence strategies and defense-industrial policies, especially arms diplomacy. He has previously worked for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, and for the Chair of International Relations at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.
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 also a part-time Master’s student in International Relations at the King’s College London War Studies Department.
Mr. Oscar Pasarin
Oscar Pasarin is a Research Intern at Project Alpha. In September 2017, he started his MSc in Theoretical Physics at King’s College London. His module selection maintains a focus on some of the most mathematical areas of Physics.
During the summer of 2018, he worked on his MSc Research Project under the supervision of Professor Dario Martelli. Within it, he focused the discussion on F- theoretic solutions to supergravity theories and was able to obtain some original new results for solutions with an AdS4xM6 split of the metric. He submitted his thesis under the title “Towards F-Theory and AdS4/CFT3”. He was subsequently awarded the MSc Theoretical Physics Best Project Prize.
Oscar also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Oviedo, Spain, where he graduated with First Class Honours. During this time, he participated in various projects about advanced topics such as Supersymmetry or TeVeS Theory. During the last year of his BSc, he based his Final Degree Project on Quantum Field Theory under the title “Tree-level Processes in Quantum Electrodynamics”. Here, he was supervised by Dr. Diego Rodriguez-Gomez, who is presently working as part of the High Energy Physics Theory Group at the University of Oviedo.
Oscar plans to apply for a PhD position with an entry date in autumn 2019.
Ms. Suzanne Holcomb
Suzanne Holcomb is a Research Intern at Project Alpha. Suzanne is also a master’s student at King’s College London where she is completing a degree in international security. She earned her BA at McGill University in 2017 with a joint degree in history and political science and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Her studies focus on Chinese politics and security as well as maritime security. Suzanne has previously interned at the Hudson Institute and with the US State Department at the American Institute in Taiwan.
She speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Mr. Sam Grant
Sam Grant is a Research Intern with Project Alpha, whilst simultaneously studying for a Master’s in Intelligence & International Security at King’s College London. Sam completed his BA in International Relations from Swansea University. Whilst studying a semester abroad in 2017 at City University, Hong Kong, he had the opportunity to travel to the DPRK and conduct research for his undergraduate dissertation. The dissertation analysed the DPRK’s military capabilities and strategic intentions, formulating a threat level report for the Korean Peninsula. The paper attained a final mark of 80.
Since then, Sam has continued his focus on DPRK studies, fused with his academic focus for International Relations, Security and Intelligence. His Master’s dissertation for the King’s War Studies department will investigate the DPRK’s intelligence capabilities and apparatus.