Caitlin McMahon is an undergraduate student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs focusing on security policy and sub-Saharan Africa.  Caitlin previously worked for Congressman Brian Higgins where she primarily researched and wrote memorandums on issues related to foreign affairs and gender equality.  Prior to working for Representative Higgins, Caitlin worked at the International Institute of Buffalo where she assisted refugees and immigrants to become independent, informed and contributing members of the community, and by promoting and supporting cultural competence, multiculturalism and global connectedness. Her research interests include the role of women in African ethnic conflicts and democratization.