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 began his first year at Harvard Law School in fall 2016 where he is focusing on national security law. 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 works at the National Security Council in the Middle East Directorate. She currently serves 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 Coordinator at Turkish Heritage Organization, where she focuses on strengthening U.S.-Turkey relations. She recently 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 pursuing an MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where she is focusing on management and private sector investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. She previously worked in Ghana as an Analyst with the Oxford Business Group conducting economic research on agriculture, energy & utilities, transportation, and construction & real estate. 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.