Alex Chabala, a Summer Associate at Grieboski Global Strategies, is a rising senior at American University in Washington, DC. He is pursuing a major in International Studies with a focus on National Security and Foreign Policy, and a minor in German Language. Alex is originally from Avella, Pennsylvania, but has greatly enjoyed his last three years in Washington.

Prior to GGS, Alex was a legislative intern in the office of Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), where he worked with legislative aides to research and draft memos and advocacy letters on budget, transportation, infrastructure, and housing issues. Following his experience in the Senate, he was a Next Generation Leaders intern at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. During his time at the McCain Institute, Alex researched and analyzed international trends in security, trade, and human rights in service of the institute’s leadership development program. He also gained experience in non-profit development and improved his foundational knowledge of development opportunities and funding proposals.

Alex is hugely appreciative of the opportunities afforded to him as a college student in the nation’s capital. He owes much of his learning outside of the classroom to the Congressional hearings, events, and symposiums on a range on foreign policy topics that he has been fortunate enough to attend. At American, his studies focus on transatlantic issues and security concerns in Europe, and he has conducted research on energy security in the region and NATO interventions. In addition to his studies at American, Alex recently returned from a semester abroad at King’s College London, where he took classes on War Studies and European Integration. While in London he was able to expand his knowledge of European security and examine ongoing Brexit negotiations in real time, all while exploring Europe and playing for the university’s rugby club.

During his time at GGS, Alex has been able to work closely with senior associates to research potential clients and opportunities for the firm. Much of his work has centered on assessing the needs of various countries with respect to economic development, trade, security, and humanitarian needs. In addition, Alex has been able to expand his research skills outside of his traditional focus areas and improve his analytical and drafting skills.

In his free time, Alex enjoys traveling, exploring DC, and playing rugby for American University, where he is a 4-year member and club president.