INTERNS

The Center for International Policy received a generous gift to endow our internship program in memory of former Ambassador Robert White and his wife, Maryanne White. 

 

During his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, Ambassador White was the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador, as well as earlier postings primarily in Latin America. He was known worldwide for his outspoken and unrelenting promotion of democracy and human rights.

Sabreen Abdelrahman
Security Assistance Monitor

sabdelrahman@internationalpolicy.org

Sabreen Abdelrahman is an undergraduate at the University of California-Berkeley majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. At UC Berkeley, Sabreen is a research investigator at the Human Rights Center working on discovering, verifying, and analyzing open-source information to document suspected violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Prior to CIP, Sabreen interned at the Aid & International Development Forum in London while studying abroad and worked on collaboration and innovation in the humanitarian and sustainable development sectors. Her interests include international conflict and security, particularly in the Middle East, and U.S. foreign policy.

Connor Akiyama
Security Assistance Monitor

cakiyama@internationalpolicy.org

Connor Akiyama is a rising senior at Tufts University where he is pursuing a BA in international relations (with a concentration in international security) and economics. Prior to CIP, Connor studied abroad in Beijing and interned at CSIS where he researched security situations in East and Southeast Asia as it related to China. His research interests include international security, Chinese foreign policy, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the emerging threats of the 21st century.

Morufat Bello
Africa Program

mbello@internationalpolicy.org

Morufat Bello is a recent BA graduate of Clark University. She majored in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations and minored in Geography and Africana Studies. Morufat was born and raised in Nigeria. Prior to CIP, Morufat interned at the International Institute of New England (IINE), where she worked with the resettlement department to resettle refugees to the US and work with asylees. She will be starting her graduate program in Fall 2020 at The George Washington University. Her research interests include US-Africa relations, international security, and human security.

Kat DesCamp-Renner
Security Assistance Monitor

kdescamprenner@internationalpolicy.org

Kat DesCamp-Renner is an undergraduate student at University of Virginia where she is majoring in Foreign Affairs and Global Studies: Middle East and South Asia. For the past two years she has worked as a research assistant in the UVa Department of Politics studying how to improve conditions for internally displaced peoples in Iraq with a focus on the Yazidi ethno-religious minority group. Prior to CIP, she was the Government Affairs intern at Churches for Middle East Peace. Her research interests include Iranian domestic and foreign policy, state-building in Iraq, and stability and conflict prevention. She is proficient in Persian Farsi.

Alana Mitias
Development and Communications

amitias@internationalpolicy.org

Alana Mitias is a rising senior at the University of Mississippi where she is pursuing degrees in International Studies and Arabic with a focus on the politics and governance of the Middle East. Prior to CIP, Alana interned at Al Hadaf for Training in Amman, Jordan, a nongovernmental organization providing non-formal education for Iraqi refugees in and around Amman. Her areas of interest include refugees and forced migration, international development, and nonprofit administration.

Salome Pachkoria

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

spachkoria@internationalpolicy.org 

Salome Pachkoria is a current graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is pursuing a dual master’s degree focusing on International Policy and Development and International Trade and Economic Diplomacy. She is also a graduate of the Free University of Tbilisi where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Prior to joining CIP, Salome interned at the Parliament of Georgia and has worked at Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab located at her graduate school focusing on qualitative and quantitative data analysis and data visualization. Salome is from Georgia and her interests include foreign policies of post-soviet countries and Russia’s influence on them, pro-western and anti-western sentiments in these countries, as well as the impact of these processes on U.S. foreign policy.

Written By Our Interns

More Money, Fewer Jobs: Why Lavishing Billions on the Pentagon Won’t Help Employment

By Cassandra Stimpson, Nia Harris, and Ben Freeman

Aug-05-2019

Arms & Security Project; Internship Program

Whatever the spin, whether of that revolving door or of the defense industry’s publicists, the bottom line couldn’t be clearer: if job creation is your metric of choice, Pentagon contractors are a bad taxpayer investment.

Egypt: Six years after the coup, what has US military assistance bought us?

By Ian Wallace

July-2-2019

Security Assistance Monitor, Internship Program

The death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi just weeks before the sixth anniversary of the military coup that ousted him from office is a dark - but fitting - symbol of Egypt’s devolution back into autocracy. But after an unpredictable decade of upheaval, revolution, and counter-revolution one thing has remained constant - the annual flow of billions of dollars in US military aid.

The Lobby For War With Iran: How Saudi and Emirati influence is driving the US to war… again.

by Cassandra Stimpson and Nia Harris

Jun-26-2019

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Internship Program

After the disastrous results in Iraq and Afghanistan the obvious question is, who would pursue another Middle East entanglement? As is often the case in DC, if seeking answers, just follow the money...

How to Lobby Washington to Death

by Mashal Hashem and James Allen

May-16-2019

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Internship Program

At a moment filled with harrowing reports of death, starvation, and devastation in Yemen, ADI’s lobbyists spent their days aggressively advancing the interests of their Emirati and defense contractor clients...

Tomgram: Ryan Summers and Ben Freeman, Of, By, and For Them (Not Us)

by Ryan Summers and Ben Freeman

Nov-12-2019

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative and Internship Program

Foreign influence in America is the topic du jour. From the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s request that a foreign power investigate a political opponent to the indictment of associates of his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. elections, the nation has been transfixed by news of illegal foreign influence in the political process. While such efforts to subvert American elections garner headlines, there remains a treasure trove of perfectly legal ways foreign powers are subverting American democracy. And they’re not waiting for election day -- they’re doing it every single day of the year.

Intern Alumni

2020

Spring

Jessica Draper

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative 

Arms & Security Project

 

Darren Harvey

Africa Program

 

Morgan Palumbo

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Min Wong

Security Assistance Monitor

Alexander Wrigley

Security Assistance Monitor

Shaobin Zheng

Security Assistance Monitor

2019

Spring

James Allen

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative 

Arms & Security Project

 

Daniela Pereira Salas

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Amal Farooq

Security Assistance Monitor

Mashal Hashem

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Arms & Security Project

Maftuna Saidova

Security Assistance Monitor

Lindsey Gray

Development & Communications

Summer

Betsenat Gebrewold

Security Assistance Monitor

Kayla Green

Africa Program

 

Megan Grosspietsch

Development/Communications

Nia Harris

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Olivia Schadler

Security Assistance Monitor

Cassandra Stimpson

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Arms & Security Project

Ian Wallace

Security Assistance Monitor

Fall

Emily Coletta

Security Assistance Monitor

Amy Hensler

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Michelle Jituboh

Africa Program

Samantha Kirsch

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative Arms & Security Project

Max Matusow

Development & Communications

Gaurav Partap Singh

Security Assistance Monitor

Ryan Summers

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiatve

2018

Spring

Claire Oto

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Ana Maria Guerrero Rodriguez

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Breanna Heilicher

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Ari Rickman

Win Without War 

Arms & Security Project

 

Paul Michael

Win Without War

 

Ellie Davis

Win Without War

 

Sally Schmidt

Development & Communications

Summer

Hashim Elwazir

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Lilia Popova

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Daniel Karp

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Claire Going

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Sarah Chin

Win Without War

 

Colleen Moore

Win Without War

 

Stephanie Farfan

Win Without War

 

Sarah Jolley

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative  

Arms & Security Project

 

Hannah Poteete

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

 

Topaz Mukulu

Development & Communications

 

Dau Doldol

Africa Program

Fall

Helen Kassa

Africa Program

 

Lorenzo Lau

Development & Communications

 

Katie Reger

Security Assistance Monitor

 

George Savas

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Thomas Low

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative  

Arms & Security Project

 

Avery Beam

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

2017

Summer

Robert Watson

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Liam Burnside

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Hannah Outsterman

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Kira Margoshes

Security Assistance Monitor

 

Brittany Tabora

Global Progressive Hub

 

Halley Posner

Win Without War

 

Derek Pauches

Win Without War/Arms & Security Project

 

Erik Yavokrski

Win Without War

Fall

Daniel Richer

Win Without War

Arms & Security Project

 

Kyaira Coffin

Win Without War

 

Talya Steinberg

Global Progressive Hub

 

Tinna Kelly

Global Progressive Hub

 

Qi Lin

Security Assistance Monitor

Angelina Demirbag

Security Assistance Monitor

Edward Douglass

Security Assistance Monitor

Gabrielle H.

Arms and Security Program

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Gabrielle is an intern for CIP's Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative and Arms and Security Program. Her work focuses on defense contractor funding of think tanks and the ICBM lobby.

Nani Detti
Africa Program

ndetti@internationalpolicy.org

Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nani left home at 16 to complete her high school education at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada. Having always been passionate about human rights, Nani continued her advocacy work by creating awareness about issues such as FGM, early child marriage, honor-based violence and other women’s rights issues. Nani is a recent graduate of St. John’s College where she has immersed herself in the Great Books Program. She also ran the Amnesty International chapter at the school and served as the Amnesty International Student Activist Coordinator for New Mexico. Nani has worked with the Santa Fe Council on International Relations as a College Fellow and intern, where she developed a passion for International Affairs.

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