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Age: 23
Home Town: Elkton, Maryland
Education: BA in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race & Migration, Yale University
Specific Field Interests: Participatory Development, Peacebuilding, Migration
Placement: Yakjah Reconciliation Network and Aseem Foundation
Area of Focus: Women and Youth/Education and Organization and Development

Highlights: Exploring the topics of nationalism and identity-formation throughout his undergraduate coursework at Yale, Marios became interested in South Asia and specifically the region of Kashmir. Marios conducted a project on the ways in which Kashmiris living in Indian-administered Kashmir and New Delhi express and enact various elements of their identities, eventually receiving Yale's South Asian Studies Council senior essay prize for his work. Particularly interested in the inclusive acts of individuals and organizations in building a vision of the future for Kashmir, Marios is working this year with the Yakjah Reconciliation Network and the Aseem Foundation. While learning about community- and peace-building techniques from these organizations, Marios will assist in developing, implementing and monitoring program evaluations. In the future, Marios aims to bridge policy gaps between development and security decisions in intergovernmental and non-governmental spheres.

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