Daniel Waqar

2015 Rangel Scholar

Daniel’s interest in international affairs was sealed while studying abroad in the Middle East.  A History major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Daniel successfully completed a semester program in Peace and Conflict Studies and Arabic Language and Culture in Haifa, Israel. Daniel subsequently leveraged the insights he gleaned from his study abroad experience while in the Summer Enrichment Program.  Daniel observed that “the Rangel Program was so phenomenally eye-opening because it exposed me to diverse career paths that I would have not seen anywhere else.” He found the most valuable aspect of the Summer Enrichment Program to be the power networking opportunities with high-ranking officials in the State Department, on Capitol Hill, and in prominent think tanks. “Washington, D.C. can seem like an overwhelming place for someone like me looking to get his foot in the door in international affairs, but the Rangel Program eases you into this fast-paced town by allowing you to engage with other young professionals who are just as ambitious as you.”

Daniel has continued to pursue his passion for international affairs since completing the Rangel Program. In his senior year at UNLV, Daniel plans to complete his thesis on the peace and conflict issues involved in Israeli land settlement expansions in Hebron (the West Bank).  Daniel is also a 2015 Truman Scholar; he will be returning to Washington to complete the Truman  Foundation’s Summer Institute as well as the Truman-Albright Fellowship programs, which will allow Daniel to gain experience in international affairs through work in a Washington-area think tank. Daniel’s ultimate career goal is to serve as a subject matter expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department.


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