Amanda Shaver is a Research Associate with Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Her primary research areas for the program include the geopolitical impacts and security threats of resource scarcity issues due to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and distant water fishing fleets. She receieved a Master of Arts in International Affairs, summa cum laude, with concentrations in security and development studies from The George Washington University. Her master's thesis focused on the prioritization of water security in the construction of hydroelectric dams in Brazil. Shaver also holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Economics with magna cum laude honors from George Washington. Prior to joining Stimson, she interned for the Obama White House with Vice President Biden’s speech writing team where she helped research and craft remarks. Amanda also interned with the Department of State in Rome, Italy.