Who Are We?


Katie Zakrzewski


Katie Zakrzewski is the CEO of Realist Review. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she double majored in criminal justice and anthropology. She is a published author, local activist and conservative lobbyist for environmental policy and queer rights. She hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in criminal justice and enact policy change.


Andrew Jarocki

Andrew DC

Andrew Jarocki is the Review’s Editor-in-Chief and a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame. A political science major, he was an active member of the Notre Dame John Quincy Adams Society and the Notre Dame International Security Center. He has previously covered international relations for DefenseNews and MilitaryTimes. Andrew is also currently serving as a Lead for America Fellow in his home state of Minnesota. 

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Matt Brafman


Matt Brafman is a midwestern-born writer and researcher with a background in issue advocacy and public policy. A graduate of Oakland University, he has spent his career working in a number of public offices and on numerous political campaigns. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking in our country’s national parks, reading about our nation’s founding, and discussing the pressing policy issues of the day at many of DC’s think tank roundtables.


David Saveliev and Dimitri Alexander Simes

David Saveliev is a writer and filmmaker who is passionate about the environment, cyber politics, conflict resolution and media’s role in politics.

Dimitri Alexander Simes is a journalist covering international affairs, with a specialty in Russian foreign policy.

Realist Review is sponsored by the John Quincy Adams Society