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.

Nani Detti

Africa Program

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.

Sophie Egar

Security Assistance Monitor

Sophie Egar is a junior at American University in Washington, D.C. studying Spanish and International Relations. She is also pursuing a Spanish Translation Certificate. Prior to CIP, Sophie was a member of the Team ENOUGH x MFOL DC Youth Lobbying Collective, where she advocated for gun violence prevention legislation to offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She also has internship experience on Capitol Hill and has conducted research on the impact of U.S. weapons proliferation on patterns of violence and migration in Central and South America. Currently, Sophie is a volunteer translator at The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, an organization that provides legal services for immigrants at risk of detention & deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond.

Young Hyun Lily Joo

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Young Hyun Lily Joo is a recent graduate of George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, where she received an MA in International Affairs with the concentration on International Security Studies. Lily was born in Seoul, South Korea and have been studying in the U.S. for over a decade. Prior to CIP, Lily worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a Korea Chair Intern, at the Wilson Center as a Research Assistant Intern, and at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as a Global Security Intern. Her research interests include international security, international relations, foreign and defense policy, East Asian security, nuclear weapon and security, and weapon of mass destructions (WMD)s. Korean is her native language and she is fluent in English intermediate in Spanish, and novice i French, German, and Japanese.

Aysia Moroney

Security Assistance Monitor

Aysia Moroney recently graduated from Boston University with Bachelors of Arts degrees in International Relations and History. During her time at BU, Aysia studied and interned in both Brussels, Belgium and London, U.K. where she focused on European security and insurgencies in Afghanistan. Currently, Aysia is a Research Assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health studying the most effective rehabilitation programs for convicted terrorists in order to avoid recidivism. Her research interests include the role of international organizations in security, relations between Central Asia, the United States, and Europe, and the connection between conflict resolution and human rights.

Emily Soong

Development and Communications

Emily Soong is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and currently holds a BA in Economics and a BFA in Dance. Emily was selected from her graduating class in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a 2019 Earl V. Moore Award recipient. Following her undergraduate studies, she has worked

professionally as both a freelance and ensemble-affiliated performing artist and choreographer. She has enjoyed opportunities to teach, perform, and present dance works in Chicago, Michigan, and Shanghai. Emily looks to pursue a career centered around public policy and government relations. She hopes to utilize her analytical and creative backgrounds to help craft effective and empathetic solutions to pressing issues.

Diellë Duga

Security Assistance Monitor

Diellë Duga is an international student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is studying Economics and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She was born and raised in Kosovo where she also interned at the Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora. For the past months, Diellë has worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, extracting data on border violations and international condemnation. Her research interests include South East European international relations, US foreign policy, and international security.

Nick Fulton

Development and Communications

Nick Fulton is a senior Political Science Major at Muskingum University who has served in several capacities in local, state, and federal government. Prior to joining CIP, Nick served as an Intern in the U.S. House of Representatives, where his responsibilities included drafting congressional speeches, attending embassy briefings, and drafting and contributing to future legislative priorities, he has also served in various offices ranging from City Managers to State Representatives. Nick has a sharpened interest in congressional communications, social justice legislation, and public education reformation.

Sifa Kasongo

Africa Program

Sifa Kasongo is a first-year master's student at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs in Paris, France studying Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. She is also pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Gender Studies and a concentration in Migration. She was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and raised in South Africa. Prior to CIP, Sifa interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor where she worked on the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Her areas of interest include women's empowerment, workers' rights, and migration in sub-Saharan Africa.

Leila Riazi

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program

Leila Riazi is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park where she is majoring in International Relations and minoring in French. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for the International Crisis Behavior Project at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. Recently she completed her senior thesis on the subject of civilian victimization and proxy war in Yemen. Her research interests include the Middle East and North Africa especially relating to American foreign policy.

Brian Steiner

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program

Brian Steiner is a second year graduate student at SAIS Johns Hopkins, where he is studying international relations with concentrations in international economics and conflict management. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Brian previously studied political science at the University of Chicago and served as an English teaching assistant in Cyprus through the Fulbright program. He has also worked as a research assistant at a small consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia and has interned at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the State Department, and the Department of the Interior. His research interests include military bases, Turkish foreign policy, and frozen conflicts.



The Tragic Truth of Being Asian in America

by Young Hyun Lily Joo

"On March 16, a white man named Robert Aaron Long went on a shooting spree, killing eight people. Most of his victims were women of Asian descent. News outlets have been reluctant to call this a hate crime, but how could it not be? The perpetrator was a white male and he targeted victims who were mostly women of color. He argued that his motive was rooted from sexual urges; yet the fact that the most of the victims were Asian women goes to prove the deeply and grossly entrenched notion of misogyny and submissiveness of Asian women."

A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War

by Cassandra Stimpson and Holly Zhang

To walk that tightrope (along with the defense contractors that will benefit financially from the further militarization of the region), Japan spends heavily to influence thinking in Washington. Recent reports from the Center for International Policy’s Foreign Influence Initiative (FITI), where the authors of this piece work, reveal just how countries like Japan and giant arms firms like Lockheed Martin and Boeing functionally purchase an inside track on a think-tank market that’s hard at work creating future foreign-policy options for this country’s elite.

Monday Morning QB - December 7

Nani Detti interviewed

"The Tigray conflict has involved a lot of finger-pointing between Ethiopia's federal government and TPLF, making it difficult to verify each party's report about the events that took place during the conflict."

How the UAE Has Used the ‘War on Terror’ to Crack Down On Its People for Nine Years

by Sydney Boer

The UAE’s perception of political dissent as a threat to the regime strongly influences its national security agenda. The United States’ emphasis on the “war on terror” enabled a convenient justification for Abu Dhabi to pursue domestic political repression. The UAE also aligns its interventionist campaigns with U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in the region, which has enabled it to pursue its authoritarian policies on a regional scale. U.S. lawmakers and officials should reflect on the monarchy’s political repression in the context of U.S. policy in the Middle East, to ensure that the U.S. does not also misconduct counterterrorism and execute terror instead



Central African Republic Situation Tracker

by Temi Ibirogba and Sifa Kagongo

The Central African Republic (CAR) has experienced extensive periods of violence with a new wave of violence erupting in 2012. The Central African Republic Situation Tracker looks at background of the conflict, the key actors involved, the 2020 elections and the current situation in the country.


Women's Political Empowerment: Africa

by Temi Ibirogba and Sifa Kasongo

"From the 2010 Arab Spring to the 2019 Sudanese Revolution, African women were key in sustaining
fights for democracy, justice, peace, and equality. Despite being at the frontline of revolutionary struggles
across the continent, women continue to be sidelined and underrepresented in political transitions and
post-revolution political processes. Although they have demanded inclusion in decision-making, barriers
such as discriminatory political structures, entrenched religious values, societal taboos and patriarchal
norms have inhibited their participation."


Issue Brief: Business as Usual – U.S. Arms Sales To Egypt

by Aysia Moroney

An overview of U.S. arms sales and security assistance to Egypt amidst a deteriorating human rights landscape.


What is Pan-Africanism?
History, Leading Figures, Current Landscape

by Temi Ibirogba and Sifa Kasongo

Pan-Africanism is the idea that people of African descent share a common culture, interests, and an overall collective experience while confronting similar problems. The core belief is that unity is necessary for economic, social, and political progress and for the people of African descent to reach their full potential.


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