Alex is Director of Partnerships and Communications at AidData, responsible for building strategic partnerships, external communications, and fundraising. He is the lead author of a recent AidData report, Harboring Global Ambitions, that examines China's global ports footprint and the implications for future naval bases. He chaired AidData’s internal Africa Task Force, a project to identify and build relationships with strategic research partners across Africa. He previously worked as Vice President for Communications and Development at InterMedia and elsewhere oversaw the start-up of a USAID-funded media development program in Sierra Leone. As a journalist Alex has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic (online), NPR (online), Foreign Affairs and The Times Literary Supplement. Alex is a former editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and a former officer in the British Royal Navy. He holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.