2006 Fellows

Julia Fitzpatrick

Fall 2006 Fellow, Citizens for Global Solutions

Education: Tufts University, MA Law and Diplomacy, 2012
University of Notre Dame, BA Political Science and Peace Studies, 2006

Issues Covered: Darfur; UN peacekeeping

Major Fellowship Activities: Fitzpatrick focused on peacekeeping and Darfur.  She monitored the efforts of the U.S. and others to pressure the Sudanese government to allow for a UN peacekeeping force in the region.  She corresponded with fellow organizational members in the Save Darfur Coalition and attended meetings with other members of the D.C. Darfur advocacy community.  She tracked the progress of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, including the launch of the Peacebuilding Fund and the first Peacebuilding Commission meetings for the Sierra Leone and Burundi cases.  She created a new webpage and wrote and updated numerous content and news pieces for the CGS Darfur Resource Center.  She co-authored a briefing paper on Darfur and the ICC entitled “Darfur and the ICC: Ensuring Accountability,” and created and collected information for CGS “10 Things You Can Do For Darfur” page.  She wrote several pieces for the CGS website, including “International Bodies Discuss Darfur and President Bush Appoints Special Envoy,” “Worldwide Events to Mark Global Day for Darfur,” “World Leaders, Celebrities Call for Action on Darfur,” “African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS),” “President Bush Names Special Envoy for Darfur,” “U.N. Resolution Calls for Peacekeeping Troops,” “President Bush Signs Darfur Peace and Accountability Act (DPAA), Issues Executive Order,” “Sudan Agrees “In Principle” to a Stronger Hybrid U.N.-AU Force For Darfur,” “Chad Declares State of Emergency Due to Attacks in Darfur and Eastern Chad,” “Sudanese President Accepts Peacekeeping Package for Darfur, Questions of Size and Strength Remain,” and “Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Khartoum,” wrote a background paper on Darfur and U.S. policy options, entitled “Crisis in Darfur: Options for U.S. Policy.” She also updated the website with news stories.

She spoke at a George Washington University event on genocide, about the role of the United Nations and the ICC in genocide prevention. Other speakers included staff from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Islamic Congress, Genocide Intervention Network, and Save Darfur Coalition.
She assisted in planning for CGS’ annual meeting entitled “Building a Bipartisan U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century,” and spoke on Darfur policy options and challenges at an issues training workshop entitled “Peace, Security, and Human Rights” for CGS members and participants.  She attended numerous Congressional hearings and policy briefings, including an off-the-record, invitation-only meeting including former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice, and former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake on the topic of “How to Stop the Genocide in Darfur.”

Current Activities: Fitzpatrick is a Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice, based in Washington, DC, where she advises federal government clients on organizational strategy and strategic change initiatives. She recently completed her MA in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she focused on public international law, human security, and NGO management. At Fletcher, she was an editor at PRAXIS: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security and a member of Fletcher Global Women.  She received the Fletcher Board of Overseers scholarship for the duration of her graduate study and received the DACOR Bacon House Fellowship for her second year. She was previously a Program Officer at American Near East Refugee Aid, where she worked in the West Bank and Gaza on international development and humanitarian relief projects. She attended Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School for an intensive nine-week program in summer 2008. In 2007-2008 she was a Human Rights Advocacy Fellow working with Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. After her fellowship she worked as the Peace and Security Program Coordinator at Citizens for Global Solutions.

Travis Sharp

Fall 2006 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Education: Princeton University, MA Public Affairs, 2016
Princeton University, MPA International Affairs, 2014
University of San Francisco, BA History and Politics, 2006

Issues Covered: Iran; Iraq; nonproliferation

Major Fellowship Activities: Sharp focused on the Iraq War, Congress, defense budget, and nuclear weapons issues. He founded and was the sole contributor to the Iraq Insider blog, writing nearly 200 posts and attracting over 10,000 page views during his fellowship. He published letters on Iraq in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and helped draft a letter on unsecured fissile material for the New York Times. Sharp’s research on limiting American troop deployments was cited indirectly in a New York Times editorial and directly in a Salt Lake Tribune editorial. His research article “The Audacity of Rearmament: Complex 2030” was published in Foreign Policy in Focus and syndicated in Asia Times Online and Alternatives International. His research article “Moving the Chains: Congress and the War in Iraq” was published in Foreign Policy in Focus. His op-ed “Perspectives: Bloodshed in Iraq” was published in the International Relations and Security Network. His op-ed “No More New Nukes, Please” was published in the Topeka Capital-Journal and syndicated in Counterpunch and Alarab Online. His op-ed with Lt. Gen. Robert Gard “The Flawed Surge” was published in Madrid11.net and syndicated in Middle East Online and Common Dreams.

Sharp wrote a number of analyses for his organization’s website, including: “Analysis of House Strategic Forces Subcommittee Markup: FY2008 Defense Authorization (H.R. 1585),” “Iran and Congress,” “The Folly of New Nukes,” “Risky Business: Why Attacking Iran Is a Bad Idea,” “GOP Senators Voted To Limit Troops in 1990s,” “Analysis of New Iraq Legislation in House and Senate,” “The New Warner Resolution vs. The Old Warner Resolution,” “Troop Surge in Iraq: Just Another Escalation,” “Beyond the Executive Summary,” and “Baker-Hamilton May Be The Catalyst For Change In Iraq.”

Sharp was quoted in a One World news article on Reliable Replacement Warhead that was later syndicated in Common Dreams and Antiwar.com. He was interviewed on War News Radio about the Iraq Parliament’s progress on benchmarks. He was involved in the formation of the Progressive Foreign Policy Breakfast group, served as rapporteur, and was commissioned to write a commentary piece summarizing the group’s findings. He served as primary editor for the “2007 National Security Briefing Book,” a 65-page resource organized by 13 peace and security organizations. He moderated a panel on nuclear weapons and Congress at the 2007 Think Outside the Bomb conference and attended the 2007 Carnegie Junior Fellows Conference and the fall 2006 Peace and Security Initiative conference.

Current Activities: Sharp is a Ph.D. candidate in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His current research projects explore military engagement between great power rivals (dissertation), cyber security, and defense strategy and spending. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is also a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, where he served as a deputy department head in his unit’s administration department (N1). In 2015-2016, he was awarded an M.A. in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School en route to his Ph.D. He received the American Seapower Stipend from the Hudson Center for American Seapower (2015); a Research Program Fellowship from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (2016); and a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leadership Fellowship from the Tokyo Foundation (2016). These awards will all support his research. In 2015-2016, Sharp completed his second year as Director of the Strategic Education Initiative at Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies (CISS), Princeton’s home for student programming related to international peace and security.

He completed his MPA in International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2014 where he focused on security studies, which included coursework and research on military effectiveness, grand strategy, Asia security, defense technology, and domestic influences on foreign and defense policy. He served as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security where he focused on U.S. defense strategy and spending; he regularly published major reports, comments in the press, and briefed senior policymakers. In 2013-2014, he was awarded a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, which he used to work in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during summer 2013; was selected to participate in the Manfred Worner Seminar in Germany organized by the German Marshall Fund and the German Armed Forces; was selected to participate in the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders organized by the Japan Foundation; and received Princeton’s John Parker Compton Memorial Fellowship in International Relations.

Prior to entering graduate school he was the 2011-2012 Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security where he had more management and leadership responsibilities, including representing the organization at public and private events. He was nominated to attend young global leadership forums in Israel (by the American Israel Education Foundation) and India (by the Observer Research Foundation). He was previously a research associate at CNAS where he focused on defense budgets, weapons procurement, nuclear weapons policy, cybersecurity, and related issues.  From the conclusion of his fellowship through December 2009 he was the Communications Director and Military Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World where he directed print, TV, and radio communications strategy and performs policy work on national security spending, military policy, and Iraq.


Erin Blankenship

Spring 2006 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Education: King’s College London, MA International Peace and Security, 2009
King’s College London, MA Conflict, Security and Development, 2008
Trinity University, BA International Studies and Chinese, 2004

Issues Covered: Yucca Mountain nuclear repository; health aspects of energy security

Major Fellowship Activities: Blankenship worked on PSR’s Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository project and its Energy Security programs, and coordinated PSR’s student chapters. She attended Congressional hearings and conferences as well as meetings with NGO staff focusing on nuclear non-proliferation issues, and participated in over twenty Senate and House staff educational meetings with other organization’s representatives. She represented PSR at these meetings and voiced its concerns over the health and security risks posed by the issue. She wrote three factsheets that have been published online and distributed at meetings, “Dealing With Spent Nuclear Waste,” “A New Level of Hazardous Risk,” and “Bringing Hiroshima Home: Concerns for the Transport of Nuclear Waste,” about transport risks, dry-cask storage, and the proposed EPA standards. She wrote an analysis of transportation issues associated with commercial waste at Yucca Mountain that was submitted into the official record for the Supplemental Yucca Mountain Repository EIS scoping to the Department of Energy.

She also focused on a range of PSR’s Energy Security programs. She wrote “Oil’s Impact: The Role of Oil in Health and Security,” a report on the health and security consequences of continued oil dependency, continuing a project started by a former PSR Scoville Fellow. She wrote a second report, not yet published, exploring some of the wider security implications of global oil dependency, focusing on issues such as resource conflict, petroviolence, anti-democratic movements and climate change.

She coordinated the PSR national student campaign entitled “Prescription for a Secure and Healthy World,” which focuses on both nuclear proliferation issues and on global warming and energy security. She created resource materials, including factsheets and two 45 minute PowerPoint presentations, contacted speakers, distributed materials, helped coordinate events in nine states, and helped start Student PSR chapters in Iowa, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.

Current Activities: Blankenship is a Regional Analyst with the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO), which specializes in war-torn/post-conflict environments. She is based in Amman and regularly travels to Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria. Her work has an emphasis on regional political and security dynamics impacting humanitarian access and safety in Syria and Iraq, and the impact the crisis is having on regional stability. She previously worked in Timor-Leste with Social Impact (DC) to evaluate ten policing and conflict prevention programs for the US, Australian and New Zealand governments, as the Conflict Mitigation and Management Specialist.

She has worked with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Intelligence Director and Senior Trafficking Analyst mapping and profiling international criminal syndicates in Asia, Africa and Europe involved in the wildlife trafficking trade, using social determinants of terrorism modeling and broader political economy analysis of powerbrokers, in order to support national and international law enforcement agencies counter-trafficking operations. This has included supporting the work of the WCS Indonesia Trafficking Unit outside of Jakarta, and publishing two reports in the past year co-authored with Dr. Timothy Wittig. In 2015 she was accepted as an Associate for the Europe Conflict and Security Consulting, Ltd (ECAS), which is an association of conflict and security specialists who work globally on self-driven contracts. ECAS works at the intersection of security, development and corporate investment to provide services in armed violence reduction, stabilization and prevention, training, analysis and evaluation in fragile and war-torn countries. She has focused on conflict-sensitive extractives (mining, oil-gas) in Afghanistan and comparative economies.

She previously worked in Afghanistan with an organization (Levant 7 / Sayara Strategies) that is working on atmospherics, stabilization and strategic communications in Lebanon, Turkey (Syria) and Afghanistan. She is a Senior Programs Manager,  responsible for direct management, technical advising and analysis in the following programs: conflict, security and political dynamics; stabilization (atmospherics and strategic communications) and local governance; and natural resources/ extractives issues including counter-narcotics. She has also done some technical consultancies for UNEP on natural resource conflict management and peacebuilding; and Oxfam America on aid effectiveness in conflict zones research–whose paper will be published as part of Oxfam’s Backgrounder series later this year, and she will be presenting at a humanitarian and development conference in Istanbul in October.

She was previously an Analyst and Project Manager at the Peace Training and Research Organisation (PTRO) in Afghanistan.  PTRO is an Afghan NGO that does conflict and security analysis, as well as specializing in conflict resolution and related peacebuilding training and research (informal-formal justice, good governance, grievance resolution, etc.)  They currently operate in close to 25 provinces, and work with ISAF, COIN, political-military teams at the embassies, country development agencies, and several international NGOs and global research institutes.  Her primary work is focused on strategic security and insurgent dynamics.  She came to Afghanistan on a disarmament/demobilization/reintegration program and has since expanded the number of projects with which she is involved.  After graduate school she worked as a research analyst for Janusian (Risk Advisory Group), a security intelligence/risk analysis firm, where she worked in the political risk wing on terrorism issues monitoring, conducting analysis, and writing briefs.  She monitored global terrorist activity, counter-terror operations and threat indicators, analyzed the material and distilled the meaningful intelligence for senior analysts and clients including multiple government ministries.  She was responsible for writing all the relevant information in briefs and reports, as well as inputting the information into the central database, and managing all the interns related to the project.  She received an MA with honors in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies Department at King’s College, University of London in 2008.  Her dissertation was on transnational security threats in the Balkans, primarily focused on organized crime and the illegal arms/narcotics trade. She was awarded a King’s graduate scholarship for partial tuition coverage.  She was previously a research and editing intern at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London where she worked for Mark Fitzpatrick in the Non-proliferation Programme.  She primarily focused on Middle Eastern nuclear programmes and North Korea.  She is a member of Women in International Security and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Prior to graduate school she was an energy and security analyst and the national student coordinator at PSR, where she continued the work she did during her fellowship. She focused on Iran, energy security, oil related-foreign policy, NPT/nonproliferation, global warming, and was the lead organizer for PSR’s 30 national student chapters.  She also volunteered as a research assistant at the Pugwash Conference working on Iran diplomacy, Middle East regional security, and nuclear nonproliferation.


Amy Buenning Sturm

Spring 2006 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center

Education: Illinois Wesleyan University, BA Political Science & Diplomatic Studies, 2005

Issues Covered: Iraq; Gulf security

Major Fellowship Activities: Sturm worked on the Southwest Asia Regional Security Project as an assistant to Ellen Laipson, the President and CEO of the Stimson Center. Her primary responsibilities were to provide research support to Laipson and the other Southwest Asia staff. She served as the coordinator for the editing of the book Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences.  She attended and took notes at the brainstorming and paper review conferences, provided commentary to her supervisor on the book’s content, and corresponded directly with authors as they submitted their chapters.

She researched and authored “Edging Towards Reform: Kuwait’s Security Sector” and “The Challenge of Holding Iraq Together” for the Stimson Center’s website. She also was a contributing writer and editor for a joint Army-Stimson report “Security Sector Reform in the Gulf,” a publication for the U.S. Army’s Eisenhower National Security Series. In the course of that project she researched and developed an Appendix profiling the militaries of Gulf nations. She reviewed and corrected publications in-house, and provided significant research and publications support to various projects including “Lessons from India: Confronting the Sociological Causes of Terrorism,” “Hurricane Katrina: Managing Multi-Level Complexities;” and “The United Nations in 2015: Some Alternative Futures.”  She wrote brief summaries of Stimson’s programs and their impact on various public and private activities for online publication. Additionally, she served as an initial point of contact with subject matter experts, Ambassadors, diplomats, civil servants, intelligence, and military officials in conjunction with conferences, events, and projects.

She helped plan and organize several conferences, including “Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences Workshop 1,” “Security Sector Reform in the Gulf,” “Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences (Workshop 2),” “The United Nations in 2015 (whose participants included staff from the National Intelligence Council and the U.S. State Department),” and “Hurricane Katrina, Managing Multi-level Complexities,” the goal of which was to apply lessons learned from the Katrina disaster to a possible terrorist attack..

Current Activities: Sturm will begin her second year at an M.A. program in Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a concentration in terrorism and substate violence in fall 2009.  She is a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, which funds graduate study for people interested in careers in public service. She is also working part-time as a research assistant for Dr. Bruce Hoffman, a professor in the Security Studies Program. She was previously a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt, U.S. Army Europe. She wrote articles and news stories for the Army’s website. While serving at USAG Darmstadt, she was awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, as well as 1st Place for Contribution by a Stringer (Writer) in the IMCOM-Europe Keith L. Ware Journalism Award (2007).