Born and raised in Lebanon, Yara moved to Washington DC two years ago on a Fulbright Scholarship to get a Masters degree in Security Studies at Georgetown University. Her concentration is in terrorism and sub-state violence, and her geographic area of focus is the Middle East. She was first introduced to Initiatives of Change during the summer of 2011 when she interned at the center at Caux, doing conference support, translation, and her favorite: cooking in the diet kitchen. Graduate student by day, and avid bookworm, dreamer, and chocolate enthusiast by night, Yara dreams of becoming a writer, and is in the process of publishing her first book, "Biography of a Little Prince." She now works with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, DC.