Maya Whitney is a Gender and Global Security program assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). She is currently a B.A. candidate at American University in the School of International Studies with a focus in Foreign Policy and National Security and a minor in Economics. Her research interests include the representation of women in the fields of defense and national security, female representation in peacebuilding processes, and the roles of women in terrorist organizations. Maya previously worked at Security Europe, a small journalism firm in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, serving as Junior Analyst reporting on the role of security measures and radicalization in Europe and the future relations of the Balkans and Caucasus regions with NATO and the EU. In addition to her internship, while in Brussels, Belgium, Maya also took classes on the economics of the defense industry, NATO and EU politics at American University’s satellite campus.