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.

Ignacio Gomez

Intern
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Ignacio Gomez is a senior at The George Washington University where he majors in international affairs and concentrates on comparative political, economic, and social systems. Ignacio previously interned at DC Volunteers Lawyers Project and worked as a research assistant at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advocacy Center, focusing on immigration and multilateral development banks in Africa and Europe, respectively. Moreover, Ignacio's article “A Deal with the Devil: Why Northern Triangle Leaders Must Negotiate with Las Maras” was published in the International Affairs Forum. Currently, Ignacio is the Secretary General of the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference, Director of Conference Relations at the Greater Washington Conference on International Affairs, and is a member of the GW Model United Nations team and TEDxFoggyBottom. At CIP, Ignacio works with both the Security Assistance Monitor Team and International Cyber Security and AI Policy Team, and focusses regionally on Latin America

Ignacio Gomez

Elena Gastaldo

Intern

Elena Gastaldo is a Master of Arts student in International Relations and European Languages at the University of Dundee in Scotland.


Originally from Italy, Elena also studied abroad in the United States and Canada.

She was an intern at United Nations House Scotland in Edinburgh, where she focused on human rights awareness and advocacy. Elena also worked on a project on hostage diplomacy for Scholars at Risk, conducting research and creating datasets as well as a report.


As the Communications and Development Intern at CIP, Elena aims to deepen her knowledge of US foreign policy and to contribute to the policy-making process with her skills and experience.

Elena Gastaldo

Joshua James Brown

Intern

Joshua is a young professional with several years of experience in international development, focusing on climate change and Latin America. At Chemonics International, he administered a $30 million grant fund to eliminate deforestation in the South American soy supply chain and oversaw the closeout of a project combating illegal gold mining and its environmental impacts in Colombia. Prior to Chemonics, he worked at Nathan Associates facilitating trade across Central America and building the capacity of the Haitian customs agency. He also interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helping rural American communities to transition from dependence on natural resource extraction towards sustainable service-based economies. At CIP, he will support the Climate Change & Anti-Corruption team. Joshua speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese, and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William & Mary.

Joshua James Brown

James Kennedy

Security Assistance Monitor

James A. Kennedy is an Intern at the Center for International Policy, where he researches Security Force Assistance and its effectiveness. Additionally, he works under the Director of the Security Assistance Monitor to identify and disseminate US security assistance efforts. He recently served in the Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and Intelligence Advisor where he conducted multiple Security Force Assistance deployments to Asia.


Kennedy is currently working towards an MS in Intelligence Analysis at Johns Hopkins University. He received a BA in Political Science from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He speaks Spanish fluently having lived in Spain and Ecuador before the Army.

James Kennedy

John Edward Mariano

Intern

John Edward Mariano is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and The Program of Liberal Studies with a certificate in International Security from The Notre Dame International Security Center. During his undergraduate career, he has mainly concentrated his work on the intersection between international relations and ethics. His thesis, “Where Conscience Meets Power: A Theory of Moral Rhetoric,” ponders moral rhetoric’s role in foreign policy decision-making and whether it influences and shapes state behavior. Next fall, John Edward will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Political Science at Columbia University in New York, where he plans to specialize in international relations and continue his academic research. John Edward speaks English, Tagalog, and Spanish and is conversational in French. During his time at CIP, he will be working on the Security Assistance Monitor Team.

John Edward Mariano

Noor Al Zubair

Intern

Noor Al Zubair is a recent graduate from the American University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Born and raised in Oman, Noor has developed an interest in the world of international relations and history, which has led to internships at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and the Wilson Center throughout her years. As an undergraduate, she concentrated her work on topics surrounding nationalism, human rights, and colonialism, predominantly in the Middle East but also in Iran, Kosovo, and the Philippines. Additionally, Noor speaks Arabic and English and is conversational in Spanish. During her time at CIP, she will be joining the Climate Change & Anti-Corruption team.

Noor Al Zubair

Sara Elaine Jordan

Intern

Sara Jordan is a recent graduate of the American University of Paris with a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Law. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate programs, she focused her studies on conflict management and international justice in the Middle East and Northern Africa region. She has done research on a wide array of topics, ranging from Transitional Justice in Syria to Illegal Hiring Barriers Against Women in Jordan. She speaks English and French and is in the process of learning Arabic, hoping to use her language skills to expand her research capabilities. During her time at CIP, she will be working on the Security Assistance Monitor Team.

Sara Elaine Jordan

WRITTEN BY OUR INTERNS

IN THE PRESS

November 5, 2021

How Turkey quietly influences Washington

by Sky Berry-Weiss

“Issues of democracy, freedom of speech, and journalism but also the fight against terrorism, it’s not an easy thing to strike a balance between,” Turkish presidential spokesperson, İbrahim Kalın, said at a virtual event in December 2020. His comment came just days before the release of a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which found that Turkey has been in the midst of a brutal crackdown on freedom of speech and that, besides China, Turkey had imprisoned more journalists than any other country in the world.

October 7, 2021

It’s Time To Reduce Our Military Spending

William Hartung interviewed

Today, William Hartung joins Thursday host Allen Ruff on the show for a discussion of Biden’s increased defense budget, the U.S. nuclear weapons program, how the military is lining the pockets of defense contractors, and more.

November 2, 2021

Spending Smarter: How to Fix the U.S. Military Budget

William Hartung interviewed

The U.S. military budget is larger than those of the next 11 highest spenders combined. William Hartung, Director of the Arms & Security Program at the Center for International Policy discusses what cuts would make military spending more efficient.

October 11, 2021

Does DoD need such a big budget? CBO report finds alternatives to high defense spending

William Hartung quoted

“The CBO was able to find multiple pathways to saving $1 trillion over ten years even under the current overly muscular National Defense Strategy developed during the Trump administration, which relies on military force to the detriment of other more effective solutions,” William Hartung said.

PUBLICATIONS

FACTSHEET
October 13, 2021

Factsheet: Egyptian Military Aid Suspension Turns Up Short

by Alana Mitias

The Biden administration will withhold $130 million in U.S. military assistance to Egypt this year, citing concerns over the human rights situation in the country as recent reports
of extrajudicial killings, jailings of political dissidents, and widespread repression of civil society have revived debates over the use of U.S. assistance for the regime’s abuses.

Factsheet: Egyptian Military Aid Suspension Turns Up Short
ISSUE BRIEF
August 31, 2021

U.S. Arms Sales to South Korea

by Billy Ostermeyer

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), one of America’s closest strategic and economic partners, has relied for decades on American security cooperation to build and maintain credible deterrence against North Korea and other potential adversaries. But economic interests, compounded by the Trump administration’s unpredictable North Korea diplomacy and singular focus on making South Korea pay more for U.S. troops, have driven South Korea’s urgency in bolstering its domestic arms industry while seeking a greater degree of operational autonomy from the United States.

U.S. Arms Sales to South Korea
ISSUE BRIEF
May 4, 2021

Executive Excess: CEO Compensation in the Arms Industry, 2020

by William D. Hartung and Leila Riazi

On April 9th, the Biden administration announced a proposal for Pentagon spending and related nuclear weapons work at the Department of Energy in excess of $750 billion – three-quarters of a trillion dollars ... These enormous sums for the Pentagon are often justified as necessary to meet the needs
of military personnel, but in fact, roughly half of the Pentagon’s budget is spent on corporations

Executive Excess: CEO Compensation in the Arms Industry, 2020
FACTSHEET
April 26, 2021

U.S. Security Assistance to the Balkans

by Diellë Duga

Over the past decade, U.S. security assistance to the Balkans has surpassed $1 billion. Romania and Bulgaria are the top two Balkan states to receive security assistance, mainly for military modernization, Black Sea maritime domain awareness, and NATO interoperability. Their access to the Black Sea has geostrategic importance for U.S. security concerns over Russia and conflicts in the Middle East. The following top two recipient countries, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo, have received the most assistance in peacekeeping operations in the region and in Europe since 2000.

U.S. Security Assistance to the Balkans

ALUMNI

Aditi Bawa
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
2021
Diellë Duga
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2021
Sophie Egar
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2021
Aysia Moroney
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2021
Leila Riazi
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
Spring 2021
Brian Steiner
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
Spring 2021
Young Hyun Lily Joo
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Spring 2021
Sifa Kasongo
Africa Program
Spring 2021
Nick Fulton
Development and Communications
Spring 2021
Emily Soong
Development and Communications
Spring 2021
Sahir Amlani
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2020
Sydney Boer
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2020
Sophia Ramcharitar
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2020
Ose Okooboh
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
Fall 2020
Holly Zhang
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Fall 2020
Nani Detti
Africa Program
Summer 2020 - Spring 2021
Olamide (Lami) Ogunlowo
Africa Program
Fall 2020
Olivia Hinch
Development/ Communications
Fall 2020
Morenike (Mo) Moroof-Mustapha
Development/ Communications
Fall 2020
Sabreen Abdelrahman
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2020
Connor Akiyama
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2020
Kat DesCamp-Renner
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2020
Gabrielle H
Arms & Security Program, Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Summer 2020
Salome Pachkoria
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Summer 2020
Morufat Bello
Africa Program
Summer 2020
Darren Harvey
Africa Program
Summer 2020, Spring 2020
Alana Mitias
Development and Communications
Summer 2020
Min Wong
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2020
Alexander Wrigley
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2020
Shaobin Zheng
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2020
Jessica Draper
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
Spring 2020
Morgan Palumbo
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Spring 2020
Emily Coletta
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2019
Amy Hensler
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2019
Gaurav Partap Singh
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2019
Samantha Kirsch
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Project
Fall 2019
Ryan Summers
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Fall 2019
Michelle Jituboh
Africa Program
Fall 2019
Max Matusow
Development & Communications
Fall 2019
Betsenat Gebrewold
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2019
Olivia Schadler
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2019
Ian Wallace
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2019
Cassandra Stimpson
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Project
Summer 2019
Nia Harris
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Summer 2019
Kayla Green
Africa Program
Summer 2019
Megan Grosspietsch
Development/Communications
Summer 2019
Amal Farooq
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2019
Maftuna Saidova
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2019
Daniela Pereira Salas
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2019
James Allen
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Project
Spring 2019
Mashal Hashem
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Project
Spring 2019
Lindsey Gray
Development & Communications
Spring 2019
Katie Reger
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2018
George Savas
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2018
Thomas Low
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Project
Fall 2018
Avery Beam
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Fall 2018
Helen Kassa
Africa Program
Fall 2018
Lorenzo Lau
Development & Communications
Fall 2018
Hashim Elwazir
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2018
Claire Going
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2018
Daniel Karp
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2018
Lilia Popova
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2018
Hannah Poteete
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative
Summer 2018
Sarah Jolley
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Project
Summer 2018
Dau Doldol
Africa Program
Summer 2018
Sarah Chin
Win Without War
Summer 2018
Stephanie Farfan
Win Without War
Summer 2018
Colleen Moore
Win Without War
Summer 2018
Topaz Mukulu
Development & Communications
Summer 2018
Ana Maria Guerrero Rodriguez
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2018
Breanna Heilicher
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2018
Claire Oto
Security Assistance Monitor
Spring 2018
Ellie Davis
Win Without War
Spring 2018
Paul Michael
Win Without War
Spring 2018
Ari Rickman
Win Without War, Arms & Security Project
Spring 2018
Sally Schmidt
Development & Communications
Spring 2018
Angelina Demirbag
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2017
Edward Douglass
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2017
Qi Lin
Security Assistance Monitor
Fall 2017
Tinna Kelly
Global Progressive Hub
Fall 2017
Talya Steinberg
Global Progressive Hub
Fall 2017
Kyaira Coffin
Win Without War
Fall 2017
Daniel Richer
Win Without War, Arms & Security Project
Fall 2017
Robert Watson
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2017
Liam Burnside
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2017
Hannah Outsterman
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2017
Kira Margoshes
Security Assistance Monitor
Summer 2017
Brittany Tabora
Global Progressive Hub
Summer 2017
Halley Posner
Win Without War
Summer 2017
Derek Pauches
Win Without War/Arms & Security Project
Summer 2017
Erik Yavokrski
Win Without War
Summer 2017