William Schomburg is completing a master’s in economics and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University between its campuses in Italy and Washington, DC. His main interests relate to the Middle East and specifically economic development, conflict management and identity politics. Most recently, he worked at the Middle East Institute as the research assistant to Ambassador Robert Ford, focusing on conflict in the Levant. Before graduate school he worked on aid impact at the UK Government Department for International Development. While completing his undergraduate studies in Arabic and French, he lived in Syria and West Africa. William is a passionate traveller and eater and was born and raised in London.