Aneri Shah

Aneri Shah

Founder and Editor in Chief

Aneri has extensive experience working in international relations organizations including The Women’s Institute for Freedom of Press, and The News Story Leadership for the Middle East. She has spent over a decade working in Model United Nations and has participated in Model UN events around the world including India, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States. She has also participated in a number of United Nations forums on Youth and been part of United Ambassadors and a conference of the World Federation of the United Nations Association. Prior to founding Politics Unmasked Aneri founded a company in her home country of India dedicated to photojournalism and addressing issues including sexism and poverty.

Aneri’s research interests include security, humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding, and genocide prevention. Her primary regional area of expertise is Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on post-Cold War regional dynamics, and her secondary region of expertise is the Middle East. Aneri’s interest in international relations began while studying World War II, and the Cold War and has since expanded into a deep knowledge of a wide array of issues of foreign policy.

Karsten J. Kip

Karsten J. Kip

Founder and Chief Content Officer

Karsten is experienced in studying politics and international relations. In particular, he has studied Eastern European politics of the post-Cold War era. He has studied the dynamics of the ‘frozen conflicts’ in the region including South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and others, in addition to the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine. Karsten brings a diverse background of experience to Politics Unmasked before working here, Karsten worked at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Lithuania. Karsten also has extensive Model United Nations experience, including serving as a Trainer and Delegate of the United Netherlands delegation of Radboud University, and as Secretary to General Assembly First Committee at the WFUNA International Model United Nations. Karsten brings a tremendous wealth experience and understanding to help Politics Unmasked explain the political dynamics at play in and around Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Scheirer

Julian Scheirer

Chief Content Officer

Julian has extensive experience researching armed conflict and working in a variety of political settings. He recently earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently finishing his Ph.D. there. His research focuses on separatist conflict, regional security, state making, and the role of ethnic tensions and natural resources in armed conflict. His dissertation examines the decision-making of separatist rebel groups as a function of legitimacy concerns borne out of the desire for statehood. In addition to his large-N statistical research, he has conducted extensive research on conflicts in Eurasia,
Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. He has attended conferences at the U.S. Naval
Academy and the International Studies Association in St. Louis, where he presented an original research paper examining the internationalization of civil wars.
While an undergraduate at The Pennsylvania State University, Julian worked as a research assistant on an NSF-funded research project aimed at examining de facto states in world
politics. In addition, he has served as an intern at two government agencies. As a Political Intern at the U.S. Department of State, Julian assisted the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs on a variety of projects dealing with issues of bilateral concern to the United States and European Union, including coordination on projects addressing the flow of foreign
fighters into several conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. As an intern at the U.S. Army War College, he assisted military and defense professionals in updating and revamping a strategic crisis negotiation exercise revolving around the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., he plans to work at a think tank or non-profit organization that
specializes in addressing the scourge of armed conflict.

Erik Mathes

Erik Mathes

Chief Operating Officer

Erik is the Chief Operating Officer at Politics Unmasked, where Erik reports directly to the Editor in Chief, and assists them in providing day-to-day oversight of Politics Unmasked operations, and leading a leadership team responsible for creating
strategic plans, implementing new processes and approaches to achieve them, providing staff with a strong day-to-day leadership presence and spearheads the development, communication and
implementation of effective growth strategies and processes.
Erik earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in College Park and earned a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Erik resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his lovable collie/chow mix named Zelda. When not working, Erik enjoys visiting museums, reading on foreign affairs, and visiting surrounding dog parks.

 

 

 

 

Marco Mosca

Marco Mosca

Chief of External Relations

Marco is a graduate of the George Washington University with a B.A. in International Development and Latin American & Hemispheric Studies. With these two fields as a more general area of focus, he completed a concentration in International Development. His professional aim and passion are to apply his education and international upbringing towards affecting change for individuals around the world who are and have been marginalized, underserved and disenfranchised by their societies. He believes these complex issues must be addressed by a diverse series of perspectives and approaches, ranging from increasing transparency, accountability and human rights values on an institutional level to empowering individuals socially, economically and otherwise at the local level. When change is instituted at an individual level, and as unequal societies become more integrated, populations can reach a level of agency whereby they may play a role in determining and shaping their own futures, as well as those of their families, communities, and nations.

Beyond his professional aspirations, Marco is driven by a love of teaching, learning and helping those around him. He loves to play football (soccer) and support his club, A.C. Milan, religiously. In his spare time, he also enjoys playing and making music with friends; He has played the piano his whole life and recently learned the guitar and drums. He always look forward to Harry Potter weekends, and can always be counted on to be making obscure references to The Office.

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