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.

Sahir Amlani

Security Assistance Monitor

Sahir Amlani is a first year graduate student at Johns Hopkins University SAIS in Washington, D.C. where he is studying International Relations with concentrations in International Economics and International Political Economy. Prior to joining CIP, Sahir was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova. He has also interned at the Atlantic Council and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. His research interests include studying the role of trade in development and the importance of economics in strategic competition.

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.

Morenike (Mo) Moroof-Mustapha


Morenike Moroof-Mustapha is a recent graduate of Duke University where she received a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Security, Peace, and Conflict and a Minor in Neuroscience. During her time at Duke University, Morenike studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden and conducted research on Sweden’s counterterrorism strategy and migration policies for Syrian refugees and former foreign fighters within Sweden. Her areas of interest include international security, diplomacy, and nonprofit administration.

Ose Okooboh

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program

Ose Okooboh has her LLB degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria. She also has an MS in Conflict Management with a concentration in International Advanced Mediation from Kennesaw State University. Her areas of interest include re- centering multilateral governing systems within modern warfare context. Ose is also an Emerging Expert with the Forum on the Arms Trade as an emerging expert on U.S. landmine policy.

Holly Zhang

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Holly Zhang is a recent graduate of Tufts University, where she majored in international relations with a concentration in international security. Prior to CIP, Holly worked at Justice Centre Hong Kong, a human rights NGO in Hong Kong that provided legal and psychosocial services to asylum seekers, and interned on the Governor of Massachusetts's campaign finance team. Her interests include East and Southeast Asian international relations, US foreign policy, and international security. She is also proficient in Chinese.

Sydney Boer

Security Assistance Monitor

Sydney Boer is a junior at Georgetown University pursuing Regional and Comparative Studies in the School of Foreign Service. She is also pursuing a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. For the past year, Sydney has worked as a research assistant at the Georgetown Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, focusing on refugees, migrants, and displacement trends. Presently, Sydney is an advocate at The Organization for World Peace and a "Passport" member of American Women for International Understanding. She is proficient in Arabic and French.

Olivia Hinch

Development/ Communications

Olivia Hinch recently graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Relations. Olivia holds over two years of policy experience in Washington, D.C. through previous positions held at the Project on Middle East Democracy, Costs of War Project, and Office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. She has also studied and worked in France, Morocco, and Tunisia, where she most recently conducted research for her senior thesis on women activists in revolutionary contexts and utilized Arabic skills learned from her time at Brown University. Her areas of interest include nonprofit communications, women’s movements in North Africa, and the consequences of American militarism and war. Olivia looks forward to completing a Fulbright grant in Morocco when global health conditions allow.

Olamide (Lami) Ogunlowo

Africa Program

Olamide Ogunlowo is a recent graduate of George Washington University where she received an MA in International Economic Policy. Olamide was born and raised in Nigeria. Prior to CIP, Olamide worked at The George Washington University as a Program Assistant for the Masters of International Economic Policy Program. Her research interests include Economic Development, International Trade and Sub- Saharan Africa.

Sophia Ramcharitar

Security Assistance Monitor

Sophia Ramcharitar is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. studying Conflict Resolution and U.S. Foreign Policy in the School of International Service. She is also pursuing coursework in Law & Society and Community Based Research. Prior to CIP, Sophia interned on Capitol Hill and U.S. Department of State, where she focused on legislative developments on several foreign policy initiatives. This past year, Sophia studied at Sciences Po and SOAS University of London, where she conducted research on comparative politics in the MENA region, international law, and global counterterrorism. Currently, Sophia serves as the Executive Director for Leading Women of Tomorrow, a national organization committed to bridging the gender gap in public service. Her research interests include multilateral organizations, non-state actors, and international security.



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.

How Pentagon Spending Perpetuates Pentagon Spending

by Holly Zhang

The prospect of domination by the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded” warned President Eisenhower in his farewell address. The President’s warning against the consequences of institutionalized government funded research is often lost among his grander criticism of a military industrial complex. But, as prescient as Eisenhower was, even he might be awed by the gargantuan flows of money from the Department of Defense into the “independent” research community. Since Eisenhower’s time, this system has grown immensely.

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

Mideast Arms Report Covered by U.S.-Saudi Trade Group

Arms & Security Program

A newly released report by the Center for International Policy finds the U.S. dominated arms and defense exports to the Middle East region between 2015-2019, accounting for nearly half of all deliveries of major weapons systems.



Fact Sheet: U.S. Security Cooperation with ASEAN Member States

by Sahir Amlani

Over the past 10 years, from FY2010-FY2020, there has been a 50% increase in U.S. security assistance to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As tensions with China continue over maritime and territorial claims, the U.S. has looked to bolster allies in the region and form a bulwark against Beijing's regional ambitions.


Report: The Mideast Arms Bazaar: Top Arms Suppliers to the Middle East and North Africa , 2015-2019

by William D. Hartung and Jessica Draper

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been the site of multiple wars throughout this century. Current conflicts include the civil war in Syria, with outside intervention by Russia, Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States (U.S.); the conflict in Libya, with intervention by Russia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Egypt, and Turkey; the Saudi-led war in Yemen; Egypt’s counterterror operations in the Northern Sinai; and a campaign of strikes and counter-strikes involving the U.S., Iran, and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq that has the potential to spiral into a larger conflict. The vast bulk of the weapons used in these wars are supplied by outside powers. This report document stop arms suppliers and recipients in the region between 2015 and 2019, based on data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).


Report: U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Report: Arabia: The Corporate Connection

by William Hartung and Cassandra Stimpson

This report provides information on arms offers to Saudi Arabia involving the four largest U.S. arms suppliers to that nation: Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics. Over 90% of U.S. arms offers to Saudi Arabia by value involved one of these top four supplying firms. The analysis covers offers notified to Congress, not all of which have yet resulted in final deliveries of the equipment; and data on weapons deliveries gathered from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) arms transfer database.


Report: Making Sense of Foreign Agents Registration Act Advisory Opinions

by Sarah Jolley, Hannah Poteete, Ben Freeman

The first comprehensive list of Advisory Options under FARA...


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