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.

Aditi Bawa

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program

Aditi Bawa is a senior at Drexel University studying a self-designed interdisciplinary major combining international policy and evidence-based research. She has worked in Zambia helping design local development policies and has been a Congressional intern on Capitol Hill. She has also interned with the Foreign Policy Research Institute analyzing foreign influence by Russia, Iran, and China on the US 2020 Presidential election. Her research interests include national security, studying foreign influence through lobbying mechanisms, international development and security, and the relationships between research and policy change.

Aditi Bawa

Sofia Hines

Development and Communications

Sofia Hines is an incoming junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Public Policy and Social & Economic Justice. As a former intern for the global service program Student.Go, Sofia worked as a Digital Strategist and Social Media Intern in the Netherlands and Miami, respectively. Previously, she worked for American University’s School of International Service and began publishing her politically-motivated poetry and prose in outlets like The American Literary Magazine. Sofia also has experience as a freelance newsletter editor and graphic designer working to support nonprofits in effectively capturing and conveying their messages to the public. She hopes to coalesce her communications experience and passion for advocacy into an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented career that works to uphold justice.

Sofia Hines

Billy Ostermeyer

Security Assistance Monitor

Billy Ostermeyer is a first-year graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is working towards a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in International & Global Affairs. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Billy is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served for five years as a Field Artillery officer. He holds a B.A. in Government & History from Claremont McKenna College and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include terrorism & unconventional warfare, East Asian security, civil-military relations, and veterans’ issues.

Billy Ostermeyer

Diana Roy

Security Assistance Monitor

Diana Roy is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC, where she earned a degree in International Studies with a focus on Latin America, and a double minor in Justice & Law and Spanish Translation. Prior to CIP, Diana interned with the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Justice, as well as with the Council on Foreign Relations’ editorial team and the Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor publication. Her senior capstone included a collaboration with the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to craft a report outlining evidence-based solutions to gang violence and human rights violations in Central America and the United States. Roy has extensive editorial experience through both university and think tank publications, where she primarily covers foreign policy, human rights, and political corruption in Latin America and the entire Western Hemisphere.

Diana Roy

Rishma Vora

Development and Communications

Rishma Vora is a rising junior studying International Politics, Spanish, and Diplomatic Studies at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. She is passionate about the intersections between migration, human rights, law, and governance and her regional interests lie in Central and South America. Rishma is the Director of Communications for Project Olas, a student-run social impact venture that expands sustainable employment options for mothers in Guatemala City, Additionally, she is passionate about South Asian fusion dance and co-founded Georgetown's first Bollywood Fusion dance team, Guzaarish. Lastly, she serves as Deputy Executive Director of the 59th North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) conference, which invigorates her love for foreign policy and diplomacy.

Rishma Vora

John Dashe

Africa Program

John Dashe is a rising fourth-year student at the College of the Holy Cross studying Political Science and History with a concentration in International Relations. Originally from the Boston area, he previously interned with the Wilson Center in their Africa Program, where he conducted research on political and development issues in Africa, and supported programs and events including the annual summit of the State Department-sponsored Young African Leaders Initiative. His areas of interest include U.S.-Africa relations, state- and nation-building, and sustainable development.

John Dashe

Sam Naumann

Security Assistance Monitor

Samuel is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where he attained bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Arabic. Sam comes to the Center for InternationalPolicy (CIP) with years of experience in computer science, human rights advocacy, and research on international affairs. Prior to his work at CIP, Sam worked on radiological trafficking and computer algorithm design for the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Before that, he led research into the convergence of cyber security and nuclear non-proliferation at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. As a student, he managed databases and animated short films for the Middlebury Animation Studio. Sam is committed to utilizing data science and thorough research to improve US foreign policy surrounding arms control, economic development, and peace building.

Sam Naumann

Philip Oke-Thomas

Africa Program

Philip Oke-Thomas is a first-year graduate student at American University’s School of International Service. Philip is pursuing a master’s in Global Governance, Politics, and Security, with the hopes of joining the foreign service upon completion of his degree. As a former intern at the Department of State, Philip focused on African public affairs and public diplomacy. His research interests cover institution building, democratization, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Philip intends to use his research and policy development skills to effectively communicate Africa’s global position within the 21st-century.

 Philip Oke-Thomas

Will Smith

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program

Will Smith is a graduate student at American University’s School of International Service where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Global Governance, Politics, and Security. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Will studied Political Science and Security Studies at Dickinson College. Prior to CIP, Will was a research assistant for an international security professor at Dickinson and a research intern at the U.S. Army War College. With a general interest in the Middle East and North Africa, Will is particularly interested in U.S. relations with the Gulf states and the consequences of military interventions and proxy war dynamics in the region.

Will Smith

WRITTEN BY OUR INTERNS

IN THE PRESS

July 13, 2021

Lobbying For Lives During the Pandemic

by Aditi Bawa

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how wide the gaps are between the haves and the have nots. Countries that could mobilize resources designed effective responses, while others that were not equipped continue to struggle. As of June 2021, fewer than 1 in 500 people in the 29 lowest income countries have received vaccinations, as compared to 1 in 2 in the United States. But the vaccine gap isn’t the only inequity we should be paying attention to: There’s also a lobbying gap.

May 10, 2021

In Pursuit Of Dignity: How the Equality Act can serve as a catalyst for social change

by Nick Fulton

The right to marry is no recognition that aggression or discrimination toward LGBTQ individuals is unlawful or unamerican. This legalization of same-sex marriage is no victory over hate and health disparities, but rather a simple justice granted to a crying and hurting community. It is time for greater reparations and a seal of acknowledgment for generations of aching inequality.

June 17, 2021

Nuclear Weapons in Turkey on the Back Burner as Biden Tours Europe

by Will Smith

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Wednesday and discussed a wide swath of issues including cybersecurity, human rights, and their mutual interest in holding arms control talks in the future. If, or when, those talks do occur, one issue must be on the table: U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed in Europe.

May 4, 2021

States step in as Congress fails to fight foreign influence

by 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.

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

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