Brian Hopkins joins the Aspen Strategy Group from the private sector with an educational background in International Relations and Grand Strategy Policy. A 2016 graduate of Duke University, he received a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on International Relations, as well as a certificate in Business. His academic activity focused on understanding how decision-makers developed policy and how it was implemented. As a member of Duke’s program in American Grand Strategy, he engaged with key decision-makers in senior national security positions and learned about the realities of working in government. In the private sector, Brian developed an understanding of how policy decisions are often implemented by industry. Brian plans to combine his academic and professional expertise to support national security policy either on Capitol Hill or in other government agencies.