Megan Alpert is a fellow at Foreign Policy. Her previous bylines have included The Guardian, Guernica Daily, and Earth Island Journal. She is an Orlando Poetry Prize winner, a former resident-fellow at Vermont Studio Center, and a graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: U.S Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz (R) and Jack Conger leave the police headquarters at International departures of Rio de Janiero's Galeo International airport on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The swimmers were removed from their flight departing for the United States by Brazilian authorities to give more information about a reported armed robbery earlier in the week which included fellow U.S swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feign. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A picture taken on February 6, 2014, shows the Aleppo central prison during clashes between pro-Syrian regime soldiers and rebel fighters. Syrian troops retook most of Aleppo's prison, lost to rebels a day earlier, in fighting that has killed at least 46 people over two days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO/AMC/ZEIN AL-RIFAI (Photo credit should read ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte shows off his American flag grills and gold medal after winning the Men's 400m Individual Medley at the London 2012 Olympics Aquatic Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - APRIL 2: Former President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, greets supporters during the demonstration against the Peace Process in Medellin, April 2nd, 2016. People took the streets of Colombia against Government polices including the the way the peace treaty is being handle. (Photo by Eduardo Leal For The Washington Post via Getty Images)