Thalia Blankson is a second year online graduate student at Arizona State University where she is currently doing her Master’s of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership. Her area of interest are Pakistan-China and China-South Asia relations; political violence; terrorism; the politics of religion, society and foreign policy; the politics of South Asia and China; communism and authoritarianism. She holds both an Associate of Sciences in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and History degree. Thalia is also an Emgerning leader fellow with the UNA-USA and an incoming Don Lavoie Spring Fellow at George Mason University. She hopes to travel and do some research before continuing on her education and earning a PhD in Political Science.