Ely Altman is a junior in Yale College from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is broadly interested in the connection between ideas and politics, and his studies revolve around intellectual history, political theory, and philosophy. His academic work explores how ideology is adapted to respond to crisis and incite political change. He sees foreign policy as the nexus of these interests, as nations seek to understand, predict, and outmaneuver their adversaries. Last summer, Ely studied political philosophy and statecraft as a Political Studies Fellow at the Hudson Institute and as a Security Studies Fellow at the Hertog Foundation. He also works on the political implications of emerging technologies, such as eye-tracking software and artificial intelligence, and he hopes to further research how new technologies will affect foreign relations. On campus, Ely serves as the President of the Yale Debate Association, and he is pursuing a certificate in Modern Hebrew.