2013 Fellows

Kate Edelen

Fall 2013 Fellow, Friends Committee for National Legislation Education Fund

Education: University of Oxford, MSc Water Science, Policy, and Management, 2013
Augsburg College, BS Biology and BA Chemistry and Environmental Studies, 2011

Issues Covered: International environmental security and conflict

Current Activities: Edelen is a Research Associate at FCNL where she is working on Peacebuilding Policy. She conducts research and writes on topics including security assistance and security sector reform, non-military responses to addressing violent extremism, state-building and governance, environmental resilience, and the prevention of conflict and mass atrocities.


Cody Poplin

Fall 2013 Fellow, ReThink Media

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense, 2012

Issues Covered: Pentagon budget, U.S.-Russia relationship, nuclear terrorism, Iran, and drones

Current Activities: Poplin is a second year student Yale Law School where he is focusing on national security law. He completed his first year at Harvard Law School where he was Vice-President of the Harvard National Security Law Society and Senior Editor on the Harvard National Security Journal. He is also a contributor to the Lawfare blog. During summer 2017 he was a legal intern in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Defense. He was previously a Research Assistant in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and an Associate Editor of the Lawfare blog. He provided research assistance on projects related to U.S. national security policy and law related to detention and Guantanamo, the U.S. targeted killing program, NSA surveillance, and cyber security. In addition to assisting Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes, he wrote his own research projects on Lawfare and edited manuscripts and posts.

Ariana Rowberry

Fall 2013 Fellow, Brookings Institution

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA Peace, War, and Defense, and Political Science, 2013

Issues Covered: Nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament

Current Activities: Rowberry worked at the National Security Council in the Middle East Directorate. She served as a Special Assistant, supporting the Senior Director for the Levant, Israel, and Egypt and the Senior Director for North Africa and Yemen. She previously interned with the Vice President’s National Security Affairs Office.

Audrey Williams

Fall 2013 Fellow, Stimson Center

Education: University of Iowa, BA Political Science and French, 2013

Issues Covered: Transnational security, nuclear nonproliferation, IAEA

Current Activities: Williams is a Program Officer at Turkish Heritage Organization, where she focuses on strengthening U.S.-Turkey relations. She covers THO’s education programming, which includes a research project on Syrian refugee education and the development of programs and activities that build academic ties between American and Turkish students and scholars. She also manages the production of THO’s weekly newsletter on U.S.-Turkey relations, and oversees THO’s publication of issue briefs, factsheets, and analyses. She is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She completed a 2015-2016 Fulbright research grant. She was based at the Center for African Studies at Ankara University in Turkey, where she studied the role of non-state actors in Turkey’s relations with Sub-Saharan African countries. She was previously a Program Associate at Partnership for a Secure America, where she helped implement two projects: 1) an international working group study on strengthening the IAEA through partnerships with non-state donors, and 2) a conflict resolution briefing series for Congressional staff, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace.


Jessica Bufford

Spring 2013 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Education: Monterey Institute of International Studies, MA Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, 2012
Austin College, BA Political Science and French, 2010

Issues Covered: Nuclear disarmament verification, nuclear material security, international nuclear fuel cycle

Current Activities: Bufford joined the International Atomic Energy Agency as a Junior Professional Officer in the Division of Nuclear Security in 2015. She promotes the IAEA’s coordination role in nuclear security-related initiatives through the organization of Information Exchange Meetings and contributes to the analysis of nuclear security related information. She was previously a National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Program Fellow within the Department of Energy, where she worked for the Office of Fissile Material Disposition, supporting their HEU down-blending mission.


Homa Hassan

Spring 2013 Fellow, National Security Initiative

Education: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Master of International Affairs, 2012
Columbia College (SC), BA Public Affairs and Political Science, 2010

Issues Covered: Nuclear non-proliferation and U.S. foreign policy with Iran, post-Arab Spring peace and security in the Middle East.

Current Activities: Hassan is a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Agency for International Development at the State Department where she is working as a Program Analyst on foreign aid assistance. She was previously a Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness. She coordinated strategic planning and corporate stakeholders for international development programs at the Bank.

Kerry Kraemer

Spring 2013 Fellow, Center f or National Policy (fka Truman National Security Institute)

Education: Stanford University, BA International Relations, 2012

Issues Covered: International security, issues at the intersection of climate change, resource scarcity, and energy use

Current Activities: Kraemer is a second-year student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business concentrating in international business, economics, and strategic management. At Booth, she is a Merit Scholarship recipient, Co-Chair of the Chicago Women in Business group, a Board Fellow with Teen Living Programs, a member of the Leadership Practicum, and an active member of the Chicago African Business Group. She will be joining McKinsey & Company as an Associate following graduation.

She worked as a Summer Associate in 2017 at Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago working on criminal justice reform, specifically deferred prosecution and alternative sentencing. Prior to graduate school she conducted macro-economic analysis in Ghana as an analyst for the Oxford Business Group.
Kerry worked as a Project Coordinator for TASAAGA, a Ugandan non-profit, conducting a gap analysis on service provision for women and children in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement, and is the President and Co-Founder of Friends of TASAAGA, an organization providing funding and strategic guidance for that group. She is also the co-founder of an event series called The Dialogue Party whose mission is “to provide a forum for informed dialogue and civic engagement in which young adults learn about all sides of various policy issues and discuss those issues with a diverse group of individuals from their community.” She is a Truman Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. She worked as a Policy Program Manager at the Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project from the conclusion of her fellowship to July 2016 where she led the organization’s Sub-Saharan Africa and International Development portfolios. .