Ishmael Abuabara is the assistant to the director at the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a recent graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied Global Affairs. Prior to joining ASD, he was a policy fellow at Foreign Policy for America. While living in San Antonio, Ishmael worked as a constituent service representative in the Office of Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Ishmael is interested in learning more about the vulnerabilities democracies face as information is increasingly used as a weapon by authoritarian actors. He is also interested in Chinese-United States geopolitical relations.