Polina Beliakova, Israel & Ukraine

On the classroom experience:  As I am interested in International Security Studies, I find it very important to have military fellows participating in classes on the role of force in international relations, national security decision making, and civil-military relations. Their first-hand experience enriches the discussion and gives an additional perspective on the subject. The program of studies integrates classical political theories with the most salient security issues of today: intrastate conflict, evolution of non-state actors, cooperation and coordination of governmental and military institutions to respond to the new threats, role of intelligence, etc.

On what’s surprised you: One of the things that surprised me about Fletcher is a cooperative environment, where people are genuinely interested in one another's background and experience. We enjoy support from our classmates and faculty, which fosters the exchange of ideas and encourages participation. I find it very important, especially for international students.

Favorite book

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Favorite musician or band

Patti Smith

Favorite city

Tel Aviv

Most pressing world issue

Non-state actors

Most memorable international experience

Studying Israeli approach to counter-terrorism

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

Political Systems and Theories

Education before Fletcher

MA, Government Diplomacy and Strategy, Lauder School, IDC Herzliya

BA, Sociology, International Solomon University

Experience before Fletcher

Educational Counselor, The Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Head of the Department of Informal Education, The Jewish Agency for Israel Representative Office, Kiev, Ukraine

Educator and Group Counselor, The Jewish Agency for Israel Representative Office, Kiev, Ukraine