Meet Sarah: Untangling Humanitarian Conflicts

Sarah at the Berlin Wall while studying EU politics in Germany.
Sarah at the Berlin Wall while studying EU politics in Germany.

My name is Sarah Chaney (soon to be Reichenbach) and I am the new Communications Intern here at EPIC. I am looking forward to exploring the intricacies of the humanitarian crises in Iraq and helping EPIC spread awareness of Iraqi issues, make foreign policy changes and promote peace in Iraq through creative advocacy and on-the-ground projects.

I am a new resident of the D.C. area and will be starting my M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict and Conflict Resolution at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. I recently completed my B.A. in International Affairs with an emphasis in Africa and the Middle East at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

During my time in Colorado, I interned for both of the state’s U.S. Senators doing constituent advocacy work. I also worked with non-profits registering voters with New Era Colorado and volunteering at the Global Refugee Center. Additionally, I interned at a Denver Open Media, a public access television station. In the summer of summer 2013, I studied the European Union’s business and politics in seven different European cities. Later I wrote my honors thesis on Eurosceptic, far-left and far-right wing parties in Britain, France, and Germany, based on research inspired by the trip. I also did consulting work, student outreach, and radio programming with a local D.C. company, Results International.

Throughout my experiences, both academic and professional, I have always been drawn towards the politics of international conflicts, as well as the on-the-ground, humanitarian implications that are often overlooked by policymakers and the media. I am eager to get to work with EPIC and continue to share with you thought-provoking updates on Iraq and the work we are doing there.

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