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.

Camille Soliva

Development and Communications

Camille Soliva is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Education and minoring in Counseling and Guidance at Texas State University. Originally from California, she has worked in various different areas of the non-profit sector in the Inland Empire from fundraising, advocacy, data analysis, and education policy. Camille's passion for creating change in our education system is what drives her work in the nonprofit sector - and what ultimately brought her to CIP. She aims to strengthen her interests in policy making and institution building to better suit the day to day life of the children and our communities. 

Camille Soliva

Anneka Claudio

Development and Communications

Anneka Claudio is a 4th-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia studying International Relations. She is originally from the Greater Seattle area. Prior to CIP, Anneka was an intern with the development and outreach team at Human Rights Watch, focusing specifically on their American and Asian initiatives. Through university, she participated in the NATO Field School & Simulation Programme, an intensive political science experience that combines coursework with experiential learning on the Alliance. Additionally, Anneka has worked with The Borgen Project, a national NGO striving to eradicate poverty through U.S. foreign policy legislation, and with two nonprofits in South Africa as a development intern. Anneka is passionate about people, international security & defence, and nonprofits, and hopes to make a positive impact where they intersect

Anneka Claudio

Meredith Gelsinger

Africa Program

Meredith Gelsinger is a first-year graduate student at American University’s School of International Service, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies. Meredith holds a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, where she concentrated in Africa and Security Politics. While achieving her degree, Meredith wrote her senior honors thesis on intervention in the Liberia Civil War, looking at the effect peacekeepers had politically, economically, and socially on the conflict and the lessons regional leaders learned about intervention from this conflict. Her research interests include African conflicts and security, great power competition within Africa, and international interventions on the continent.

Meredith Gelsinger

Alana Mitias

Security Assistance Monitor

Alana Mitias is a recent graduate from the University of Mississippi with degrees in International Studies and Arabic. She previously worked as the Development and Communications intern at CIP. Alana has also interned for the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where she conducted research on various policy issues in the region and assisted in producing the program's podcast. As an undergraduate, she concentrated on international law, forced displacement, and human rights in the Middle East.


Alana Mitias

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

Sky Berry-Weiss

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

Sky Berry-Weiss is a senior at the University of San Francisco studying International Studies with a double minor in European Studies and Legal Studies. He has interned in the United States Senate serving constituents in his home state of Hawai’i. He has also interned in the House of Representatives working in the Office of the Speaker of the House. Working with scholars in the field of international conflict and resolution in Northern Ireland, he helped produce research on the role of international law in armed conflicts involving non-state actors. His areas of interest include international treaty & customary law, global politics, foreign & private influence on public elections, and international comparative law.

Sky Berry-Weiss

Karen Dedegbe

Africa Program

Karen is a recent graduate of The George Washington University where she received her Masters degree in International Relations with regional focus on Africa. Karen has previous experience in human rights advocacy through internships with NGOs such as International Service for Human Rights, Femmes Africa Solidarité and African Communities Together. Karen holds a B.A in Political Science from the University At Albany, during which time she interned at the New York State Assembly for the 71st District of NY. Although born in New York City, Karen is proud of her African heritage and has tailored her research to focus on US-African relations and the greater development of the continent.

Karen Dedegbe

Taylor Giorno

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Arms & Security Program

Taylor Giorno is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she earned her master’s degree in International Affairs. Originally from Salem, Virginia, she received the Skelton-Jones Scholarship from Rotary District 7570 to study peace and conflict prevention at the SAIS campus in Bologna, Italy. Taylor is a skilled researcher who successfully defended two theses and received the Emmerich-Wright Prize from the University of Virginia and the C. Grove Haines Prize for Excellence in International Policy Research/Writing from SAIS. After almost 2 years coordinating operations for a diverse portfolio of government contracts, she is excited to apply her expertise to research on defense spending, the decline of diplomacy in American foreign policy, and waste, fraud, and abuse of power in the federal government.

Taylor Giorno

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

Delaney Zambrano

Intern

Delaney is a senior at the University of Florida pursuing a bachelor’s in Advertising, minor in Event Management, and master’s in Mass Communication and Digital Media Studies specializing in Global

Strategic Communications through the UF combined degree program. This past summer, Delaney worked as an Advertising Intern for the Council on Foreign Relation’s (CFR) Foreign Affairs magazine and gained a variety of experience in nonprofit communication and international relations. Prior to that experience, Delaney has worked within the communications and marketing departments for a variety of organizations and companies. Delaney intends to pursue a career where she can use her interpersonal communication skills to create a global impact and solve problems in the nonprofit world and beyond.

Delaney Zambrano

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

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
Philip Oke-Thomas
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