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Laila Ujayli

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Laila Ujayli is passionate about the intersection of narrative and policy, concentrating on using stories to reorient US security policy toward human needs. She holds an MSt in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford and is currently an MPP student at the Blavatnik School of Government, where she is a Rhodes Scholar. Laila is also an associate editor at Inkstick Media and a member of Foreign Policy for America’s NextGen Foreign Policy Initiative. She previously worked on reimagining US security spending as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at Win Without War. She is also interested in the use of storytelling to engage the public on Middle East crises and her screenplays have placed in several competitions. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 with a double BS with honors and research disinction in English and international relations.