Erin Greenwalt is currently completing the last semester of her Master’s in Global Governance, Politics, and Security at the School of International Service, American University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Ethnic Conflict from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Erin became interested in international relations through her focus on Native American Studies with Dr. Anne Flaherty. Her senior capstone encompassed ‘the politics of hurt’ in African ethnic conflict. At American University, she now studies women’s security, economic development, and female empowerment. Specifically, she analyzes how women’s grassroots movements in Africa combat corruption and bring about customary land tenure reform. Give that a section of her graduate research is heavily influenced by the Liberian Second Civil War and the impact of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, she is extremely excited to start doing work on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, as well as combatant disarmament.