Jade Monk is a senior studying international relations and global studies with a focus on international security and the Middle East. She is an Arabic Flagship Program scholar taking Arabic language content courses. She is also pursuing the Certificate in Security Studies. This summer, Jade participated in the inaugural Texas Intelligence Academy in Washington D.C., offered by the Intelligence Studies Project and taught by leading practitioners in the intelligence community. After the TIA, Jade completed the Clements Center’s U.S., U.K. and World Order Maymester at Kings College London. During her senior year, Jade will complete an honors thesis focusing on the trilateral relationship between the U.S., Russia, and Turkey, and the effect on transatlantic security. Jade also works for the Clements Center as a research assistant to Dr. Inboden on his current project exploring the Reagan Administration’s foreign policy.
Jade was a cadet in the UT Army ROTC program during her first two years of study. She competed on the Ranger Challenge team at the International Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point, where the team won the ROTC division and placed top 10 overall. She served as a cadet for a year while assigned to the 36th Infantry Division, Intelligence and Surveillance Unit in the Texas Army National Guard. Apart from her studies, Jade volunteers with the Austin Independent School District as an Arabic language mentor for refugee students. She is also an avid runner, classically trained pianist, and pursuing her private pilot license.