Ariel Bothen is an intern with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security. Ariel is currently pursuing a master’s in international affairs at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She focuses on security studies and conflict resolution, and her main interests include self-determination, identity conflicts, and conflict transformation.
Before moving to Berlin, Ariel worked in Washington, DC, at the US Agency of International Development (USAID). She was part of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives, which specializes in helping local partners in countries experiencing conflict to advance peace and democracy through stabilization programming. She also worked as a legislative intern for US Senator Angus King Jr. of Maine, providing support to the education, immigration, and judicial portfolios. Ariel graduated from the University of Maine in 2014 with a dual bachelor’s degree in international affairs and anthropology and was named the “Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.” Ariel studied abroad on Semester at Sea in 2012 and in the Basque Country in 2013.