Izabela Kolodziej was born in Poland. She graduated with a B.A. in politics and East European studies from University College London (UCL) in 2013, focusing on Russian foreign policy. During her degree she interned for the highest political offices in Europe, including the Office of the President of Poland, the Polish as well as the British Embassy in Moscow and the Office of the President of the European Parliament in Brussels. She was an active member of the students’ community, serving as the President of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. She was selected to represent Poland at many youth conferences and leadership projects in Belgium, Germany and Canada. Prior to attending Yale, Izabela worked at a political communications company in London, and had been involved in a project organized by a Polish Member of the European Parliament, aimed at empowering women in her province in South East of Poland. At Yale, Izabela focuses on international security and conflict resolution while looking specifically at the Caucasus region. She is interested in strengthening her conceptual understanding of conflict and the reason for which war happens in the context of political, economic and military components of policies. She will then attempt to apply learnt concepts in investigating the security threats of the frozen conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.