PhD Fellows

Shahla Al Kli
is a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Ms Al Kli is from the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and currently a senior advisor to the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Politburo/Public Relations office. Prior to her current position, she served as senior adviser to the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, Kurdistan Region - Iraq, and as a special consultant to the Speaker of the Iraq’s Council of Representatives. From 2003 to 2007, she worked in international development as Country Director of Counterpart International programs in Iraq; before that, she was Chief Auditor of the Central Bank of Iraq from 1996 to 2000."

Satgin Hamrah has earned a Master of International Relations degree from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. Satgin is a PhD student in History at Tufts University and is taking short courses at the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She is also a Fellow at the South Asia Democratic Forum, an Editor-At-Large at E-International Relations and an Associate Editor at the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Satgin is currently writing a book on the Iran-Iraq war.


Neha Ansari is a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on the future of American warfare and its impact on the Middle East and South Asia. Before joining Fletcher in 2015, she was a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on Pakistan’s strategic culture and the Pakistani media. At the same time, she was also a Research Consultant for the Near East and South Asia (NESA) Center at National Defense University (NDU), Washington, DC. Prior to this, she was a senior sub-editor and shift in-charge at the Express Tribune, a partnered publication of the New York Times in Pakistan.

Sarah Detzner
is a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her research is focused on international security, particularly alliance cooperation, post-conflict stabilization/reconstruction, and security sector reform. In addition, she serves on the board of The Fletcher Security Review, as director of the Fletcher Graduate Writing Program, and as a consultant for the World Peace Foundation. Previously, she served in the Obama Administration as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, campaigned as an Obama 2008 staffer, and worked with the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C., Lebanon, and Jordan. She is a graduate of Macalester College and originally from the Chicago area.

Ben Naimark-Rowse
is a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School as well as a Topol Fellow in Nonviolent Resistance and a Truman National Security Fellow. He teaches nonviolent resistance as a part-time lecturer at Tufts University. His doctoral research focuses on nonviolent resistance particularly in Africa and the Middle East, the relationship between nonviolent resistance and economic inequality, and the effects of strategic communication on nonviolent resistance campaigns. His dissertation is titled, Dear Friend: Correspondence Across Enemy Lines.

Avner Golov is a PhD Candidate and Harry S. Truman Scholar at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is a research associate at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. Golov also serves as a researcher for the Middle East Security Research Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Washington D.C. Previously he worked at Israel’s National Security Staff. Golov has published articles in leading Israeli and international journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the National Interest.