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The Generation is an online foreign affairs magazine featuring student’s perspectives on global current events. Our title pays homage to this generation of young people, who as a result of our increasingly interconnected world are more aware of and active in global events than prior generation.

The Generation is a project based out of the Burkle Center for International Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Click here to learn more about how to write for The Generation.

Katherine Jones

Katie is a fourth year Economics major and Global Studies minor with an interest in international trade and development. She is a research assistant in the Department of Economics, a volunteer income tax preparer with VITA UCLA, and a writer for student satire magazine Satyr. In her free time she enjoys scrapbooking, spending time with friends and of course watching copious amounts of reality television.

Zachary Durkee
Print Director, Writer

Zachary Durkee is a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science. He is interested in U.S. – China relations and would like to pursue a career in diplomacy or intelligence. In his free time, Zachary enjoys going to the beach, hanging out with friends, going to good restaurants, and painting.

Taylor Fairless
Public Relations, Writer

Taylor is a History and Global Studies student, class of 2021. Her love for 20th century history largely shaped her concentrations in Cold War ideologies, with regional focuses in Asia and Europe. She has presented her research on nuclear and chemical nonproliferation at the UN headquarters in New York and in Washington D.C. Her time there inspired her to pursue a career in international security. Outside of academics, you can catch Taylor capturing moments of her friends on film or painting the energetic streets of LA.

Annabelle Werner
Staff Writer

Annabelle Werner is a third year Political Science and International Development Studies double major. As an aspiring human rights lawyer, she is fascinated by transitional justice, international politics, and NGO work. In the UCLA community, she is a leader in the campus chapter of the United Nations Association and competes in Division 1 Cross Country and Track. When she is not reading or running, Annabelle enjoys enabling her coffee addiction and petting as many dogs as possible.

Kosi Ogbuli
Staff Writer

Kosi Ogbuli is a recent UCLA graduate with a demonstrated history working in fields of humanitarian affairs, international affairs, health policy, and community advocacy. He has interests in global development, the emergence of Africa and the global south as leading socio-economic powers, and global governance. He aspires to attain a Master’s degree in International Development and Global Health and to culminate his academic endeavors with a PhD. He aims to become a diplomat and help change the world. In his free time he enjoys meditating, reading, music sharing, and listening to podcasts.

Alex Choy
Staff Writer

Alex is a fourth-year student from New Jersey, majoring in Political Science. A member of UCLA’s Army ROTC Program, he specializes in studying international conflict in preparation for a career as a Military Intelligence Officer in the US Army. In his free time he enjoys photography, backpacking and swimming.

Elizabeth Onibokun
Staff Writer

Elizabeth Onibokun is a fourth year Political Science major, with a concentration in International Relations and is minoring in History. She is a strong proponent for international organizations, protecting human rights and the importance of diplomacy. The daughter of a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father, she has an interest in Western Africa and the Caribbean and the persisting legacy of colonialism and power politics. At UCLA, she is the Public Relations Manager for AIESEC, a youth-run organization affiliated with the UN and intends to pursue her Master’s degree in International Relations. In her free time she enjoys either reading, fantasizing about traveling, or a good Netflix binge.

Andreas Papoutsis
Staff Writer

Andreas Papoutsis is a third-year Economics major and Public Affairs minor. Growing up in a Greek household, the 2015 Greek Debt Crisis sparked his interest in economic policy and foreign affairs. Andreas currently engages in research at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis and hopes to attend law school before pursuing a career in economic policy or national economic security. In his free time, you can catch him watching the 11th Hour with Brian Williams, playing video games with his friends, watching Premier League football (soccer), or telling everyone that Kobe is better than MJ and Lebron.

Caroline Mendoza
Staff Writer

Caroline Mendoza is a first year International Development Studies major. On campus, she is an Alumni Scholar and serves on the Federal Relations Staff of the Office of the External Vice President. Caroline is greatly interested in global human rights and peacebuilding as it pertains to women, peace, and security and currently works with STAND, a DC-based nonprofit, and the US Campaign for Burma. Caroline actively advocates with the Korea Peace movement and enjoys watching Tik Toks and BTS videos in her spare time.

Herman Luis Chavez
Staff Writer

Herman Luis Chavez (’22) is a transfer student studying Ethnomusicology and Comparative Literature. He is interested in the effects of colonialism and imperialism, the politics of culture and creativity, and the dynamics of power in the Luso-Hispanic world. At UCLA, he is a Director in the Undergraduate Students Association Council, and he sits on the UCLA Academic Senate and the Herb Alpert School of Music Anti-Racism Action Committee. He is also involved in research and intends to pursue his PhD. In his free time, he likes to read poetry, ruminate on the power of Twitter on academic discourse, listen to k-pop, and chismear.