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 current 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 (NDJQAS) and the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC). He has previously covered international relations for DefenseNews and MilitaryTimes. Andrew is serving as a Lead for America Fellow in 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, Mr. Brafman 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

David Saveliev is a writer and filmmaker who is passionate about the environment, cyber politics, conflict resolution and media’s role in politics. His skills range from complex academic research to guerrilla filmmaking. He has extensive international experience, having studied abroad in Oxford, Bologna, and Ecuador. He is currently studying international relations at Johns Hopkins University. He also filmed and produced Borders and Blood, a documentary on the frontlines of the war in Ukraine. He and Dimitri Simes founded Realist Review in 2017.

Dimitri Alexander Simes

Dimitri Alexander Simes is a journalist covering international affairs, with a specialty in Russian foreign policy. He has reported from both Washington, D.C. and Moscow, Russia for The National Interest, Nikkei Asian Review, The Daily Caller, CNSNews.com, SpectatorUSA, Human Events, and The American Conservative. As part of his work, Dimitri has interviewed American and Russian policy makers, scholars, activists, and ordinary citizens. He and David Saveliev founded Realist Review in 2017.

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