Margaret Seymour, a 2020 Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC Veterans Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri studying journalism and strategic communications. As an active duty intelligence officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, Seymour successfully completed three tours overseas. As part of her transition to the Reserves, Seymour ran across the United States, raising $100,000 for veterans, Gold Star families and special needs athletes. She currently serves as an independent researcher and writer based in Beaufort, SC. She received a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Loyola University, a Master’s in Military History from Norwich University, and a PhD in International Studies from Old Dominion University. Her dissertation work focused on the U.S. use of soft power to counter-terrorism.