Chris Zymaris is the Staff Assistant for the Fares Center.
His responsibilities include planning for and coordination of Fares
Center events, working with other university departments and centers
on joint projects, and serving as a focal point for the Center's
public relations. Along with other roles, Chris has worked as
office manager at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for
International Affairs, managed the electronic music studio for
the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, and held various
software and IT positions.
Nicole Abi-Esber is an undergraduate student at Tufts
University studying Psychology and International Relations with a
concentration in the Middle East and South Asia. She has studied
Arabic at the American University of Beirut and spent her last
summer interning at Search for Common Ground, an NGO in Beirut.
She is the president of the Arab Student Association at Tufts
and a participating member in Tufts New Initiative for Middle East Peace.
Amelia Cook is the Editor of Publications for the Fares
Center. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy
from The Fletcher School where she studied international development,
human rights, and environmental policy. Her thesis analyzed the status
of human rights in the Republic of Botswana with specific regard to
the San of the Kalahari. In 2010, she completed a Master of Science
in Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine, where she
worked as a graduate assistant in the School of Economics. She was a
research assistant at the Fares Center while at The Fletcher School,
and continues to work as an editor for the Center. Amelia can be
reached at email@example.com.
Ravi Kaneriya(MIB '13) studies development economics
andstrategic management and consultingat The Fletcher School and is a research
assistant at the Fares Center. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Ravi spent three
years working for a management consulting and professional training company in
New York City. Subsequently, Ravi spent one year working in Tunisia for the U.S.
State Department and AMIDEAST, where hemanaged an American cultural center that
engaged Tunisianpatronsin business skills development, democracy building, and
cross-cultural dialogue programming. Ravi is interested in issues of business,
entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development, specifically in the
context of the Middle East and North Africa. He has traveled widely in the
Middle East/North Africa region, lived in Morocco and Tunisia,and has an
abiding love and interest in the people, heritage, languages, and cultures of
the region. Ravi experienced the Jasmine Revolution of January 2011 in Tunisia
and is therefore very interested in the potential of the Arab Spring to bring
positive change to the Arab world.
Peter Rough (MALD '12) studies political theory and international security at The Fletcher
School and is a research assistant at the Fares Center. Peter's research
contribution to the Fares Center focuses on the Arab experience during World War
I.A proud native of Des Moines, Iowa, Peter served in and out of federal
government prior to enrolling at The Fletcher School. In 2004, he received his
bachelor-of-arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Brooke Smith (MALD '12) is a research assistant
at the Fares Center and is studying development economics
and environment and resource policy at The Fletcher School.
Before coming to Fletcher, she worked as a youth development
volunteer with the Peace Corps in Morocco. As an undergraduate
at Middlebury College she studied political science and spent
a semester living in Cairo.
Katrina Stanislaw (MALD '12) is a research assistant
at the Fares Center and a first-year Fletcher student concentrating
in International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution and International
Environment & Resource Policy. Prior to Fletcher, Katrina worked
as a legal assistant at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, as a field
organizer for the Obama Presidential Campaign, and most recently
in the environmental sector at World Wildlife Fund and Clean Air-Cool
Planet. Katrina received her M.A. in International Relations and Art
History from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland).
Julie Younes (MALD '12) is a research
assistant at the Fares Center and a first-year Fletcher
student concentrating in Human Security and Southwest
Asia and Islamic Civilization. Prior to joining The
Fletcher School, Julie worked in Jerusalem as a Program
Director for PeacePlayers International – Middle East, a
non-profit organization that uses sport to teach life
skills and promote peace-building. She also served as
Programs Officer at the Middle East Institute in
Washington, DC. Julie received her B.A. in International
Studies and French from Dickinson College.