Editorial Board

Samuel Rosenblum
Sam is a senior from New York City studying International Studies and History, and has served as a staff writer in the Asia-Pacific region since 2018. He is interested in studying global cooperation and international security. Sam is a Research Assistant on a project studying day-to-day violence in the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and has a particular interest for geopolitics. In the summer of 2020, he interned for NBC’s Meet The Press With Chuck Todd, but has previous experience working for the University of Michigan’s Office of University Development. He has traveled extensively, and is also currently pursuing his pilot’s license in his free time.

Zayna Syed
Managing Editor


Zayna is a senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in public policy with a concentration in peace and conflict resolution in the Islamic World. She joined MJIA as a staff writer on the Asia-Pacific region in 2018 and worked her way up to being the Regional Editor for Asia-Pacific. She is interested in human rights, international law, transitional justice and foreign news coverage. Outside of MJIA, Zayna serves as the Investigative Editor for The Michigan Daily and Undergraduate Chair for the International Policy Students Association. She is proficient in Arabic and Spanish.

Jeh Mory
Managing Editor

Jeh is a junior from Miami, Florida pursuing a major in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science. Since joining the journal in his sophomore year, he has served as a staff writer for the Asia-Pacific region. Having lived in Mumbai, India for seven years, Jeh is keenly interested in US-India relations, global financial markets, and Great Power technology conflict. Jeh's relevant experience includes interning at a Congressman's DC office. His other hobbies and passions include investing, reading, and playing basketball.

Sumaya Tabbah

Sumaya is a senior from Flint, Michigan majoring in political science and history with a minor in Russian. She is interested in the study of autocracy, particularly the effectiveness of diplomacy in amending foreign systems of governance. Since 2019 she has been a staff writer for the Europe region of MJIA and previously served as digital editor. Outside of MJIA, she serves as the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program co-president. In the past, she has interned with the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center, Congressman Kildee’s district office, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and watching/training MMA.







Maheem Syed
Director of External Affairs






Justin Ballard 
Director of Finance
Justin is a junior from Grand Blanc, Michigan, pursuing a double major in political science and German and a Ross minor in business. Over the summer, he split his time between taking online language classes with the Goethe-Institut, assisting a political science Ph.D. candidate with his research project on military adaptability in modern conflict, and interning remotely at a Congressmember’s D.C. office. In addition to writing for the journal, Justin is the President of the German Club and a Conversation Circle Facilitator with the English Language Institute. He enjoys learning about new cultures, going on runs when his hip lets him, and balling up.   





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