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.

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

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

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

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

Sakshi Gala

Intern

Sakshi Gala is currently a Master's student in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at SciencesPo in Paris, in the Paris School of International Affairs. She graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2021, double majoring in History and Film and New Media and a minor in South Asian Studies. For the past two years, she has been a research assistant in political science, where she worked on writing and data analysis on political violence in India, as well as violence against women in South Asia. Her research interests include human rights in the global south, violence against minorities, the relationship between security apparatuses and human rights, caste and gendered violence in South Asia, and the ethics of humanitarian intervention. At SciencesPo, she is focusing on global risks, security and gender. She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Gujarati and is conversational in Korean. Sakshi will be working as the Communications and Development Intern during her time at CIP.

Sakshi Gala

Scott Campbell

Intern

Scott Campbell is a recent graduate from the University of Bath where he earned his BSc degree in Politics with Economics, after which he completed a master’s in International Political Economy at King’s College London. During his undergraduate career, Scott wrote for the university paper covering political elections, legislation change, and current affairs after which he served as the editor for a student-led news start-up. Scott developed his interest in technology and politics through his undergraduate dissertation where he researched the effect of social media and disinformation on democracy and dialogue. During his master’s degree, Scott researched the effects of automation and technology in supply chains and on labor standards. His master's thesis explored the ways in which England’s COVID-19 policies affected students’ perceptions of politics and economics. Scott will be working as a Technology intern during his time at CIP.

Scott Campbell

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

Tim O'Shea

Intern

Tim O’Shea is a recent graduate of New York University where he earned his Master of Arts through the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, after having graduated from Case Western Reserve University with his Bachelor’s in Political Science. O’Shea’s research focuses on the international arms trade and U.S.- Middle Eastern relations, particularly with the GCC states and Palestine/Israel. O’Shea is currently interested in studying processes of financialization in the arms trade, the internationalization of the global military industry’s supply and production chains, industrial consolidation in the United States, and the relationship these processes have with a militarized U.S. foreign policy. Previously, he investigated the Israeli military industry and the political economy of the occupation of Palestine. O’Shea is currently based in Amman, Jordan where he is studying Arabic. He is thrilled to be working with the Security Assistance Monitor this fall.

Tim O'Shea

Jordin Annett

Intern

Jordin Annett is a second-year law student at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Before studying law she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with an emphasis in Geospatial Intelligence from BYU. As an undergraduate, she specialized in satellite data and image processing with a specific focus on combining topography, social statistics, and resource allotment to identify the heart of a conflict and create long-term solutions. Jordin was a judicial intern for the Utah Supreme Court over the summer and did her senior research project at BYU for The Nature Conservatory focusing on resolving conflict amongst native Mongolian sheepherders. She is conversational in Japanese and Arabic. During her time at CIP, she works with both the Climate, Arms & Migration Team and the Space Policy Team.

Jordin Annett

Amany Zaid Mahran

Intern

Amany Zaid Mahran is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in New York. She studies International Relations and Political Science with a minor in Economics. During her undergraduate career, Amany studied peace and conflict in the Middle East, focusing on the role of non-state actors in civil conflicts. She previously interned at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, the Fund for Peace, and the Consulate General of Egypt in London. There, she worked on multiple developmental and PCVE projects with international NGOs, development banks, and governmental agencies. Additionally, she studied abroad in London and Madrid as part of her undergraduate degree. A native Egyptian, Amany speaks Arabic and English fluently and is conversational in Spanish. At CIP, she works on the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) team.

Amany Zaid Mahran

Mohammad Al-Abbas

Intern

Mohammad Al-Abbas is a Master’s student in International Relations at the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. Before enrolling in his MA, he completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Machine Learning and Control Theory. For the past few years, Mohammad has leveraged his quantitative skills from engineering to research topics within international relations and public policy. He has published several academic articles ranging from policy design and control theory to migrant healthcare and labor laws. In his thesis, Mohammad quantified the effects of political rhetoric on scientific and technological collaboration between China and the US. He aims to begin his doctoral studies in public policy with an emphasis on technology policy by next fall within the US. Mohammad is fluent in English and Arabic. During his time at CIP, he will serve as a Technology intern.

Mohammad Al-Abbas

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

Delaney Zambrano
Intern
Fall 2021
Sam Naumann
Security Assistance Monitor
2021
Billy Ostermeyer
Security Assistance Monitor
2021
Diana Roy
Security Assistance Monitor
2021
Aditi Bawa
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
2021
Will Smith
Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program
2021
John Dashe
Africa Program
2021
Sofia Hines
Development and Communications
2021
Rishma Vora
Development and Communications
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