Alek Langford is a first-year student in the MPIA program majoring in Security & Intelligence Studies, minoring in Cybersecurity, and pursuing an advanced Certificate in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies. Currently, he is the treasurer of the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia. Alek has lived in Florida, Maryland, and Virginia. He graduated from Pitt in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science & Russian, and served as the President of the Pitt Russian Club from 2018-2020. His research interests include Russian Foreign Policy, Cybersecurity, and Russian History. In his free time, Alek likes to play basketball and study Russian!