Alma Keshavarz is a PhD student in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. She received her MPP from Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy with a master’s thesis focused on United States interests and policy towards Russia. She also holds a BA in Political Science and English from University of California, Davis. She has held various research intern and associate positions and has served as a graduate assistant at Pepperdine University. Her research interests include non-state actors, specifically Hezbollah, cyber security and warfare, and national security strategy with a regional focus on Middle East politics, specifically Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria. She is fluent in Spanish and Farsi.