Erik recently graduated from UCLA where he majored in history and minored in political science. While at UCLA he was the Events Director of the Bruin Democrats and helped campaign for various Los Angeles area Democratic candidates. Before coming to CIP he worked at the World Affairs Council of Orange County where he assisted in event planning and high school outreach. Erik is interested in studying the increase in spending and reliance on Special Operations forces and the overall effectiveness of American counter-terrorism strategy. He hopes to eventually get his masters degree in either defense studies or American foreign policy. When he is not reading about national security issues, Erik likes to go on long runs and binge watch everything on HBO and Netflix.