Ashley Burrell

Edward Rawson Development Fellow

Ashley Burrell is the Edward Rawson Development Fellow. In this role, she supports all fundraising programs. Ashley worked as a field organizer on Senator-elect Cory Booker's campaign in Toms River, NJ and President Obama's Re-election campaign in Cleveland, OH. Prior to her campaign work, Ashley worked for Crisis Action an international non-profit established to increase the effectiveness of civil society responses to armed conflict.

Ashley graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in English Language and Literature in 2005. She worked for NBC News in Washington, DC where she was responsible for supporting the MSNBC news desk. She went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Political Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011. During her graduate tenure, Ashley interned for the Office of Senator Roland Burris, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the U.S. Mission to the Rome-based agencies in Rome, Italy. Some of her responsibilities included drafting briefing memoranda, talking points and speeches.

Peace on Earth, Peace of Mind, Piece of Cake

What holiday treats await foreign policy wonks?

Our team here at Citizens for Global Solutions is hoping that US foreign policy will continue to embrace international cooperation. The global challenges that we face internationally do not lend themselves to quick fixes. It is extremely difficult for America to act unilaterally to solve the problems to which our prosperity and way of life are inextricably connected.

We believe that the world wants and needs global leadership. And we believe that the US remains uniquely capable of providing it. Engaged, cooperative US leadership--not necessarily direct US power--will produce better outcomes in Syria, the Ukraine and elsewhere.

The US can and should be more selective and more circumspect about intervening militarily, responding to Americans’ strong support for more economic and diplomatic engagement in the world instead. Promoting democracy as a matter of economic, diplomatic, and political relations is and should continue to be an enduring part of US foreign policy.

As we get ready to enjoy the holiday season with our friends and families and make plans for the New Year, let us pause to take a look back from where we’ve come. The challenges of weak and failing states affect us all, and global problems require citizens—like you—for global solutions. We need to work together even more this year to help those living in abject poverty, changing environments, and oppressive regimes.

To our friends and colleagues in the Citizens for Global Solutions community, we wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year!  May you celebrate and bask in the warmth of your family and friends. Our CGS staff and leadership are grateful that we can continue our work with you to abolish war, protect our environment, and solve problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone.

In Peace,

The Citizens for Global Solutions Team