Karim Khalifeh graduated with a B.A. in Finance from the Lebanese University in 2013, and a B.A. in Marketing in 2015. His graduation thesis, titled “The Global Currency War,” focused on the numerous cases of competitive currency devaluations occurring as a repercussion of the Great Recession, as well a historical examination of the use of monetary policy to mitigate financial crises in the past. He also sat for and successfully passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) I exam. Prior to coming to Yale, he worked at a Beirut-based bank handling the main branch’s corporate portfolio and managing client relations with offshore companies, specifically in Africa. He has a continuous volunteering record that includes the Red Cross, where he worked on several awareness and welfare campaigns and on relief initiatives for Syrian refugees, as well as many local and regional NGOs focusing on youth empowerment programs. At Yale, Karim will focus on deepening his understanding of the international political economy, and on examining the role of economic development in expanding democratization efforts and aiding in conflict resolution.