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.

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.

Nani Detti

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.

Sophie Egar

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.

Young Hyun Lily Joo

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.

Aysia Moroney

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.

Emily Soong

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.

Diellë Duga

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.

Nick Fulton

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.

Sifa Kasongo

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.

Leila Riazi

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.

Brian Steiner

WRITTEN BY OUR INTERNS

IN THE PRESS

May 4, 2021

States step in as Congress fails to fight foreign influence

Brian Steiner

Ultimately, however, the real onus must be on Capitol Hill. A state-by-state, “whack-a-mole” approach leaves too many loopholes for malign actors to jump through. Instead, federal lawmakers need to take charge, turning state lawmakers’ good intentions into momentum for a bipartisan push to modernize FARA and combat harmful foreign influence.

December 7, 2020

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."

March 25, 2021

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."

November 19, 2020

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.

PUBLICATIONS

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
ISSUE BRIEF
April 22, 2021

U.S. Security Assistance in the Sahel

by Elias Yousif and Nani Detti

This issue brief provides data on U.S. counter-terrorism expenditures in the Sahel through its security assistance program and describes why the current costly and militarized counter-terrorism strategy in the Sahel is failing.

U.S. Security Assistance in the Sahel
ISSUE BRIEF
April 14, 2021

Recent Proposals to Amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act: A Survey

by Ben Freeman, Brian Steiner, and Tarun Krishnakumar

This Policy Brief surveys recent proposals to amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act to identify key trends and areas of focus.

Recent Proposals to Amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act: A Survey

ALUMNI

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
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