Director, Security Assistance Monitor

Prior to joining CIP, Christina was a consultant for a joint project with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) where she co-created and populated an online database of Arms Trade Treaty-related cooperation and assistance activities in sub-Saharan Africa. She also co-authored a SIPRI background paper entitled, “ATT-Related Outreach Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa: Identifying Gaps and Improving Coordination.”


Her previous work has focused on arms control mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in Kosovo. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Conflict and Security from the New School in New York City and a Bachelor’s from Seton Hall University. 

Recent Publications

Fact Sheet: Trends in Major Arms Sales in 2018: Fact Sheet

This fact sheet summarizes the key findings of the April 2019 Security Assistance Monitor report, “Major Arms Sales Trends 2018: The Trump Record – Rhetoric Versus Reality.” ...

by Christina Arabia and William Hartung


Report: Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales in 2018: The Trump Record - Rhetoric vs. Reality

This report details U.S. arms sales policy and practices during 2017 and 2018, with an eye towards their economic, human rights, and security impacts.

by Christina Arabia and William Hartung


Report: Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid

As the United States enters its 18th year of the global war on terrorism, it is becoming increasingly clear that corruption is one of the most significant stumbling blocks in U.S. efforts to tackle terrorism around the world...

by Colby Goodman, Christina Arabia


Latest News

Politico Morning Defense: Far From Ideal


“The Center for International Policy is out with a special report on the military’s response to the coronavirus that warns against relying too heavily on the armed forces while also making a new appeal for reassessing national security priorities.

“While the Pentagon may have some relevant resources to add to the fight against COVID-19, it is not a public health agency, and is far from the ideal tool for addressing the current crisis,” said the nonprofit research center. “What is needed in the long-term is a sustained and growing investment in public health resources, from research and public outreach funding for key agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, to a large uptick in funding for national, state, and local health agencies.”

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Militarization of the Middle East began long before the US invasion of Iraq


Drawing out the trends and patterns that have defined U.S. Middle East strategy over the past two decades is essential to understanding why American engagement with the region has proved so dissatisfying.

by Elias Yousif

Security Assistance Monitor

What it cost to kill Soleimani


For those who hoped 2020 would offer an opportunity to set a gentler course in U.S. foreign policy, it took just three days for President Trump to shatter those aspirations. The targeted killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassim Soleimani on January 3 injected global panic into the New Year, with actors on all sides scrambling to avert the prospect of a full-scale war.

by Elias Yousif

Security Assistance Monitor

Which countries love Trump the most and least?


Kenya and Nigeria, which view Mr Trump favourably, are both among the top recipients of US economic aid, according to the Security Assistance Monitor.

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Amidst Rising Tensions, an Opportunity in the Arab Gulf


The very real threat of open conflict between the United States and Iran still looms large in the wake of September’s attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations. What remains of the Iran nuclear deal is quickly crumbling, and we’ve arrived at the logical conclusion of several years of escalating hostility between the United States, its Gulf allies, and Iran. Fortunately, staring down the barrel of war has had a sobering effect on Saudi, Emirati, Iranian, and American policymakers, who have all sent limited but noteworthy signals of their desire to reduce tensions. The Trump administration, already mired in more crises than it can manage, should not miss the opportunity these signals present to walk the region back from the brink.

by Elias Yousif

Security Assistance Monitor

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