About Your Hosts

Meet your resident foreign policy nerds, all graduates of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Shanahan

International Security, Middle East and South Asia regions

Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s in International Affairs, with focus on security, conflicts and conflict resolution. Ryan is also proficient in Arabic. In addition to being a co-host for the podcast, Ryan spearheads the writing. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys cooking, reading and strategy games. His favorite drink is a negroni.


Ramya Mukalla

International Politics, International Economics, South and East Asia Regions

Ramya has a bachelors in International Affairs, and her focus is in political economy and security politics. She speaks French, Hindi and Telugu. Ramya leads the research for the podcast and is in charge of graphics and artwork, along with being a co-host. In her free time, she enjoys creative outlets such as art and writing. Her favorite drink is a vodka martini.


Hunter Headapohl

International Security, Nuclear Arms Control

Hunter graduated with a bachelors in International Affairs, concentrating in conflict and warfare. Hunter is also fluent in Arabic. He is in charge of episode production and sound design, while also being a co-host. In his spare time, he is an avid outdoorsman and book collector. Hunter’s favorite drink is Jameson on the rocks.


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