Alexander Casendino is an MPP candidate at the Yale Jackson School specializing in international security. His regional expertise lies in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where he has offered consulting services to international development firms, emergency response teams, and security forces. He has lived and worked in the Middle East and speaks Arabic. Alexander has five years of research and policy experience supporting clients in the national security space, including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Department of State. He applies data analytics, R programming, and technical writing skills to optimize complex systems and processes. He also has front-line public health experience during the COVID-19 pandemic assessing federal vaccine site operations. At the Center for Naval Analyses, Alexander contributed to after-action reviews of domestic emergency responses and military posture. At Yale, he will focus on data science and operations research as they relate to security affairs. Alex has a BA in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors.