December 2013 Update

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Scoville Fellowship Update December 2013

Following is an update on the activities of the Scoville Fellowship since our last email in June.

In an effort to provide greater opportunities for Scoville Fellows to contribute to international peace and security with leading organizations in DC we have recently added the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a host organization. Scoville Fellows will now be able to work with Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program.

The 362 applications that we received this year (for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters) is the largest number in a calendar year in the program’s history.

We have made an effort to strengthen our alumni network by having former fellows serve as mentors to new fellows to provide advice on careers, graduate school, and related topics.

In the past six months several former Scoville Fellows have taken new jobs in the field of peace and security. Hold Control and click to view links.

Jessica Bufford (Spring 2013 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative) is a National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Program Fellow working at the Office of Fissile Material Disposition at the Department of Energy.

Kerry Kraemer (Spring 2013 Fellow, Center for National Policy) was hired as a Policy Program Coordinator at the Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project. In this Policy Department position she will engage Truman members on a variety of security issues and leverage their expertise to produce policy ideas and products that address 21st century security challenges.

Javier Serrat (Spring 2011 Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies) joined the International Atomic Energy Agency as a Junior Professional Officer in the Department of Safeguards. JPOs are sponsored by the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards, which is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of State. Javier collects and analyzes open source information on the nuclear programs and resources of various countries and works with teams of inspectors, imagery analysts, and others to reach safeguards conclusions: whether a country has diverted nuclear material or built a clandestine facility.

Nate Cohn (Fall 2010 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center) has been hired by the New York Times as a political writer on a new data-driven journalism venture called The Upshot. He had previously written Electionate, a non-partisan election blog in The New Republic specializing in political geography and demographics. He has also written a Room for Debate column in the Times and his work has been cited by several writers including Paul Krugman and Nate Silver.

Mary Slosson (Spring 2010 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) was selected as a UN Foundation Global Issues Press Fellow for journalists to participate in the 2013 Global Issues Press Fellowship program in New York City. The fellowship went from September 22-25, during this year’s UN General Assembly and the high-level events including the Social Good Summit that took place in New York City that week.

Kasia Bzdak-Perdue (Fall 2007 Fellow, Federation of American Scientists), Vice President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles became an Associate Fellow with the Truman National Security Project in 2013. The Truman Security Fellowship is a highly competitive leadership development program for exceptional individuals who show promise to become future progressive leaders and are committed to advancing Truman internationalist policy over the course of their careers. She will be able to attend Truman events in Los Angeles where she lives as well as briefings and other events in Washington, DC, and the Truman program helps its fellows publish articles in foreign policy and security.

Salome Samadashvili (Fall 1997 Fellow, Center for Nonproliferation Studies) is a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels. She is working on a policy paper, reviewing the policy of the European Union towards the countries in the former USSR -Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership Initiative. She will assess the results achieved so far and produce the recommendations for the future. She was previously the Republic of Georgia’s Ambassador to the Benelux Countries and Head of the Mission to the European Communities.

Gaurav Kampani (Spring 1997 Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council) is a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow for International Relations & Security at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies (IFS) where he is researching how secrecy shapes decision-making in emerging nuclear powers.

Following are some highlights of publications and media appearances by current and former Scoville Fellows. Hold Control and click on title to view each publication.

Kate Edelen (Fall 2013 Fellow, Friends Committee for National Legislation Education Fund) wrote Resource mismanagement and Syria’s civil war, Washington Times, November 27, 2013

Ariana Rowberry (Fall 2013 Fellow, Brookings Institution) co-wrote Keeping Inspections in Perspective Brookings Institution Up Front blog, November 26, 2013

Homa Hassan (Spring 2013 Fellow, National Security Initiative) co-wrote Syria and the Limits of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ U.S. News & World Report, August 27, 2013

Usha Sahay (Fall 2012 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) wrote Iran, United States Finally Learning to Talk ‏The National Interest, November 4, 2013

Usha Sahay and Kingston Reif co-wrote Non-Treaty Cuts to the U.S. Nuclear Stockpile Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation report, November 26, 2013

Philippe de Koning (Fall 2011 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative) co-wrote The Land of the Sinking Sun: Is Japan’s military weakness putting America in danger? Foreign Policy, July 30, 2013 and co-wrote The United States, China, and Nuclear Arms Control: Time for a Creative Spark CSIS Pacific Forum PacNet #63, August 8, 2013

Kelsey Davenport (Fall 2011 Fellow, Arms Control Association) wrote U.S. needs to get real over Iran nuclear talks CNN op-ed, October 21, 2013

Kelsey Davenport wrote An Iran nuclear deal is a win for U.S. Reuters, November 19, 2013

Kelsey Davenport co-wrote A Nuclear Deal With Iran Is Within Reach, If Congress Plays Its Part Roll Call Commentary, September 27, 2013

Nate Cohn (Fall 2010 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center) wrote This One Chart Shows How GOP Support for Striking Syria Collapsed The New Republic, September 9, 2013

Sarah Williams (Fall 2010 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science) wrote Voluntary regimes can advance nuclear security in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November 8, 2013

Kelsey Davenport and Sarah Williams co-wrote Nuclear Security Summit: Progress Report Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security Report, July 2013

Kingston Reif (Spring 2008 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) wrote The U.S.-Russia Deal on Syria Really Does Make Sense Wall Street Journal letter to the editor, September 23, 2013

Kingston Reif wrote What Ash Carter Gets Wrong about Nuclear Weapons Spending Defense One, July 24, 2013

Philipp Bleek (Fall 1999 Fellow, Arms Control Association/Federation of American Scientists) interviewed on The cost of dismantling chemical weapons in Syria Marketplace, September 11, 2013

Rachel Stohl (Fall 1997 Fellow, British American Security Information Council)co-wrote Killing Lions, Buying Bombs New York Times op-ed, August 9, 2013

Rachel Stohl and Daryl Kimball co-wrote US signature on Arms Trade Treaty will help end wars and protect civilians Christian Science Monitor opinion, September 27, 2013

David Andersen (Fall 1995 Fellow, Federation of American Scientists) wrote The Nobel Peace Prize From Kissinger to Obama Counterpunch, October 9, 2013 

Daryl Kimball (Fall 1989 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility) interviewed on NBC News regarding Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons removed for lack of trust: defense officials October 11, 2013

Daryl Kimball co-wrote Keep Cutting Nukes Foreign Policy, September 19, 2013

Daryl Kimball was a guest on C-SPAN Washington Journal to discuss Russian Proposal on Syrian Chemical Weapons September 15, 2013