2015 Fellows

Leore Ben-Chorin

Fall 2015 Fellow, Brookings Institution

Education: University of California, Berkeley, BA Political Science, 2014

Issues Covered: Iranian nuclear deal; nuclear non-proliferation

Current Activities: Ben-Chorin is Graham Allison’s research assistant and covers Iran, Israel, and the broader Middle East at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.


Taylor Brooks

Fall 2015 Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Education: University of Nebraska, JD 2015
Emory University, BA Political Science and Anthropology, 2011

Issues Covered: U.S. law and policy towards cyber-enabled hostilities; the establishment of international cyber norms of behavior; anti-satellite and missile defense

Current Activities: Brooks is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. He was previously a cyber policy analyst for the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.


Hannah Haegeland

Fall 2015 Fellow, Stimson Center

Education: University of Washington, MA South Asian Studies, 2015
Concordia College, BA Concordia College, 2011

Issues Covered: Crisis escalation and management, nuclear security, and nonproliferation in South Asia

Current Activities: Haegeland works at the Stimson Center as a Research Associate in the South Asia Program where she continues to work on nuclear security, crisis escalation, and regional politics, while developing The Subcontinental, SAV, and the SAV Visiting Fellowship.


Elizabeth Philipp

Fall 2015 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA Global Studies and Psychology, 2013

Issues Covered: North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs; multilateral disarmament efforts

Current Activities: Philipp will undertake a summer internship at the U.S Department of State in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the Office of the Biological Policy Staff. She will pursue a Master in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on international affairs and nuclear policy beginning in August 2016.


Wardah Khalid

Spring 2015, Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund

Education: Columbia University, MA International Affairs, 2014
Texas A&M University,  BBA and MS Accounting, 2009

Issues Covered: Non-violent policy solutions to counter Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,  Middle East peacebuilding, Iran’s nuclear program

Current Activities: Khalid is a Media Associate at Church World Service. She is the co-founder of Poligon Education Fund, a new national, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing American Muslim participation on Capitol Hill. After her fellowship she worked as a Middle East Policy Analyst at the Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund. 

Sara Monteabaro

Spring 2015, Partnership for a Secure America

Education: New York University, MS Global Affairs, 2014
American University, BA International Studies, 2010

Issues Covered: International conflict resolution and prevention

Current Activities: Monteabaro serves as Community Relations Officer at Solve, a new initiative of MIT aimed at developing and implementing real and lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges–from education and health, to energy and inequality. Solve uses an open innovation platform to crowdsource solutions to specific prompts, or “challenges” from around the world. Her work focuses on developing “challenges” within the education pillar and liaises between innovators with great ideas to solve problems and those with the resources to deploy those solutions. She was previously the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, MA where she assisted the Academy’s president with speechwriting, membership outreach, and managed the Academy’s Exploratory Fund. She assisted with the Academy’s Global Security and International Affairs portfolio. She helped to organize a conference on bridging the gap between area and global studies held at the Academy in March, 2016.

John Rodriguez

Spring 2015, Center for National Policy

Education: Georgetown University, MA Security Studies, 2014
Mount Saint Mary’s University, BA History and English, 2006

Issues Covered: Counterterrorism, security cooperation, and U.S. policy in the Middle East

Current Activities: Rodriguez is a Legislative Correspondent for Sen. Cory Booker responsible for foreign affairs and national security policy.