About the Author: Carolyn Posner is an M.A. candidate in International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. After receiving a B.A. in History from Wellesley College, she worked as a Coordinator of International Affairs through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Carolyn’s academic interests include regional conflict in East Asia and energy security.
Photo by U.S. Navy Chief Journalist Melinda Larson is in the public domain.