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Michael Edward Walsh is a Research Fellow for African Studies at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Separately, he is also the President of the Islands Society, Director of the Africa Maritime Security Initiative, and the Managing Editor of the Africa Security Monitor. Prior to these roles, Mr. Walsh served as the Vice Chair of International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club, Member of the Freedom of the Press Committee at the National Press Club, and Member of the Emerging Security Challenges Working Group Co-Chaired by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC). He was also a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University, Young Leader at CSIS, Young Public Intellectual at the Kakehashi Project (Japan Foundation), Visiting Fellow at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, Exchange Researcher at Waseda University, Adjunct Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, and Next Generation Fellow at the American Assembly. Over the last decade, Mr. Walsh’s work has appeared in dozens of international news outlets and think tank publications. He has also received a number of awards, including the Vivian Award from the National Press Club and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2016, Mr. Walsh was recognized as a “Person to Watch Who Wants to Change the World” by the United Nations Foundation. Later, he was recognized with a citation in the Congressional Record by Congressman Mark Sanford.