With a background in Economics and International Policy, Karan Pol is interested in issues of US foreign policy as it pertains to nonproliferation, climate change, and foreign direct investment. He intends to pursue a career in international security and nonproliferation policy, whether that be for the United States government, the private sector, or academia.
Throughout his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Georgia, Karan has developed a strong background in macro-economic policy analysis with a focus on economic growth analysis. Using econometric data analytics, macro-economic theory, and geographic data analytics, he has researched the effects of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative on loan recipient countries, the link between health spending and national depression rates, and the United States energy portfolio and its deficiencies. Currently, working as a Student Assistant at the Center for International Trade and Security, he is researching the illicit proliferation networks that support the Kim regime in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
With this academic background, he has found himself across a plethora of professional positions. He has worked as a business analyst intern at Parkmobile, LLC; an energy associate at Rubicon Associates, LLC; and an intern at the United States Department of State, ISN Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction. His most recent work, at the State Department, focused on international engagement with American allies and partners on export control policy and sensitive technology. He continues his work in foreign policy as the President of the Loch Johnson Society, organizing events and discussions for the students at the University of Georgia.
He intends to work with the Environmental Protection Agency or the United Nations on international climate policy, focusing on the nexus between export controls and carbon control legislation.