Intern, External Relations Team
Chris Estep is a Joseph S. Nye, Jr. External Relations Intern at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
A graduate of Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) on Boston’s South Shore, Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion and also completed a pre-law minor. While pursuing his studies at Eastern, Chris served as the campus student government’s vice president during his junior year, led all student-run publications during his senior year, and was the supplemental instructor for the American Political Institutions course for two years.
Chris’ departmental thesis presented primary source research on President Harry Truman’s unsuccessful nomination of a U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and focused on how that failure demonstrated the strength of anti-Catholicism in America at the time. He has also presented three separate papers at two different research conferences, speaking twice at the Eastern Nazarene College Academic Symposium, and once at the Conference on Faith and History (CFH) undergraduate conference.
In 2016, Chris worked as a field staffer on political campaigns in Kansas and Florida. That fall, his essay “A New Cold War? Hardly” won the EastWest Institute’s Nextgen Essay Contest. These experiences steered Chris towards pursuing further education and a career in foreign policy and congressional relations. Consequently, he began pursuing a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in August 2018.