Jessica Pickering (she/her) was a Templeton Fellow in the Africa Program at FPRI. She also works for Emergent Risk International as a strategic risk intelligence analyst covering Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. She previously worked as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa where she taught secondary mathematics and English and established gender equality initiatives through an after-school girls program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a focus on foreign policy, diplomacy, peace, and security from the University of Washington in Seattle as well as a master’s degree in homeland security studies with a certificate in intelligence studies from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her research interests include international security, foreign policy, and the effects of gender equity, climate change, and governance on policy and stability in West Africa.