Ashley Towers is a first-year MA student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She served in the U.S. Army National Guard as Military Police, and is a combat veteran. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina with a BA in intelligence & security studies and criminal justice in 2021. She spent the summer of 2019 abroad in Georgia and Estonia, where she studied foreign policy issues and challenges both nations face regarding cybersecurity, cooperation and coordination with international organizations, and Russian foreign policy interests affecting the larger Black Sea and Baltic Sea regions. She also recently interned in a Congressional Member office, and worked on the foreign affairs portfolio. At Jackson, she hopes to focus on diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy, and international security. As a 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow, Ashley will enter the United States Foreign Service under the U.S. Department of State upon graduation.