2007 Fellows

Katarzyna Bzdak-Perdue

Fall 2007 Fellow, Federation of American Scientists

Education: Columbia University, MA International Affairs, 2007
University of Southern California, BA Political Science and International Relations, 2004

Issues Covered: Small arms and light weapons

Current Activities: Bzdak-Perdue is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a membership network/foreign policy forum, in Los Angeles. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Pacific Council, as well as the Pacific Council’s membership strategy and Member Committee program. Bzdak-Perdue joined the Pacific Council in 2008 and has worked in a number of roles in the Council’s Membership and Programs departments prior to undertaking her current position.

 

Danny Hosein

Fall 2007 Fellow, Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, 2016
Trinity University, BA Political Science, 2006

Issues Covered: Reliable Replacement Warhead: Presidential candidates’ views on nuclear weapons

Current Activities: Hosein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in May 2016. He also received a Wharton Certificate in Management. In 2016 he was the Volunteer of the Year for the Animal Law Project and a finalist for the Penn Public Policy Challenge. He won the City of Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition in 2015 and received the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. During law school, he did two projects for the Environmental Law Project, one dealing with the Pennsylvania Clean Air Act and the other helping draft a comment on an EPA proposed rule. Beginning in October he will be an Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia in the Corporate and Business Transactions practice group.

Before entering law school in fall 2013 he worked as the Program Coordinator for America’s Great Outdoors at the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was the lead coordinator for 101 conservation and recreation projects in all 50 states as part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. He was previously Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the General Services Administration where he supported the Chief of Staff and Administrator by writing briefings, coordinating their briefing books, and reporting agency happenings to the White House. He was previously the Coordinator for Skilled Volunteering and Nonprofit Relations at Greater DC Cares, the largest volunteer center in the DC/MD/VA region, which mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities in the Washington, DC region. He helped coordinate pro bono consultants, who assist nonprofits with big projects and helped train and place people with nonprofit boards of directors. After his fellowship he was a Legislative Program Assistant with FCNL’s Nuclear Disarmament Program. He tracked legislative developments related to nuclear weapons and lobbied at the grassroots and congressional levels to promote nuclear reductions and eventual disarmament. He also edited the FCNL Nuclear Calendar.

 

Alex Bollfrass

Spring 2007 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: Princeton University, MPA International Affairs, 2012
University of California at Berkeley, BA Political Science, 2006

Issues Covered: Chemical and biological weapons

Major Fellowship Activities: Bollfrass focused on chemical and biological weapons.  He wrote “Tests, Arrests Draw Attention to Indian Missiles,” “Iran-Iraq Chemical Warfare Aftershocks Persist,” “Libya Backs Out of CW Destruction Agreement,” “France, Libya Sign Nuclear Desalination Deal,” “Details Bedevil Libyan Grand Bargain,”“GAO Issues Warning on Biodefense Research,” and “Nuclear Material Consolidation Schedule Lags” for Arms Control Today.  He updated and added content to factsheets on a variety of nonproliferation issues.  He wrote “Grounds for Optimism and Action on Chemical Weapons Convention’s 10th Anniversary,” an ACA press release.  He compiled a 27-page bibliography for an ACA Educator’s Guide that will be distributed to professors and covers all arms control aspects.  He wrote two-page summaries of five nuclear weapon states’strategic positions, the status of their weapons programs, and their stances on various treaties and arms control regimes.  He moderated a panel (whose participants included Daniel Ellsberg) on International Nonproliferation at the Think Outside the Bomb conference.

Current Activities: Bollfrass received a Master of Public Affairs in International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2012, where he focused on nuclear weapons and explored technical issues. He co-wrote Preventing A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Phased Grand Agenda as part of a Woodrow Wilson School graduate policy workshop. In fall 2013 he will begin his second year as a PhD candidate in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School where he will continue to focus on nonproliferation. He was a Research Assistant with the International Security and Nuclear Weapons project at the Henry L. Stimson Center from March 2008 until June 2010. He assisted Barry Blechman by providing research to develop a treaty for the elimination of all nuclear weapons by a date certain. He researched and wrote on the political, strategic, and technical obstacles to multilateral nuclear disarmament as part of Stimson’s “Unblocking the Road to Zero” series. He co-wrote chapters and co-edited several books in that series, and created the video game Cheater’s Risk on the Stimson website. He also contributed to the arms control community’s work to promote the CTBT.

Richard May

Spring 2007 Fellow, Center for Defense Information

Education:  George Washington University, MBA, 2011
University of Florida, MA International Relations, 2006
California State University, San Bernadino, BA Social Sciences, 2001

Issues Covered: Counterinsurgency; post-conflict reconstruction; Near East and South Asian issues

Major Fellowship Activities: May focused on counterinsurgency, post-conflict reconstruction, and Near East and South Asian issues. He wrote a monograph on the U.S. military’s focus on U.S.-based or multi-national corporations for logistical contracting at the expense of host nation contractors during stability and support operations abroad. He wrote several articles and op-eds for both CDI and other publications. He wrote “Analysis: The 2007 State of the Union Address” for CDI’s Weekly Security Review, “Petraeus: Right Guy, Wrong Time” and “Misdirected Tactics: Counterinsurgency Focus Misses Big Picture in Iraq,” both op-eds in Defense News (the later article was selected by the Council on Foreign Relations as a “Must-Read” for its “seminal analysis and inquiries into foreign policy and national security issues”), “New Justice, No Peace,” an op-ed in the New York Times (reprinted in the International Herald Tribune), “Wasting Money in Iraq” and “Buildup, Not Surge,” both op-eds published by UPI, “Mind the Gap: U.S. Military Structure,” in the International Security Network, and “Opportunity Missed: Logistics Support Contracts with Locals Would Help Stabilize Iraq” in Armed Forces Journal, and was interviewed on Al Jazeera (English) about the surge in Iraq and on Voice of America. He was an invited participant at a conference hosted by the Carr Center for Human Rights of the Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Army Lessons Learned entitled “Escalation of Force,” which sought to resolve the escalation of force tactics of the military with peacekeeping/making operations. He participated in the Carnegie Junior Fellows conference and in the World Security Institute’s board meeting.

Current Activities: May serves as the Weapons of Mass Destruction Section Chief at the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. In this capacity, he is responsible for the administration of Treasury’s sanctions program against individuals and entities supporting Iran, Syria, and North Korea’s proliferation programs. He was previously a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Treasury where he worked as an Intelligence Research Specialist. He worked to provide intelligence analysis to Treasury leadership that allowed them to take appropriate actions as it related to threat finance and counter-terrorism efforts.

Alex Stolar

Spring 2007 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center

Education: Georgetown University, MA Security Studies, 2010
University of Virginia, BA Foreign Affairs, 2006

Issues Covered: South Asia; space security

Major Fellowship Activities: Stolar worked with Michael Krepon on Stimson’s South Asia Program and Space Security Project.  He factchecked articles and talks by Krepon and coordinated his meetings with Congressional staffers.  He co-wrote “What Legacy Will Musharraf Leave?” for the Stimson Center website, which was later reprinted in The News (Pakistan). Stolar wrote “The Implications of Unrest in Pakistan for Nuclear Security,” also for the Stimson Center website and reprinted in Rediff and the Daily Times (Pakistan). That report was quoted in two Pakistani publications and another in France. He scheduled meetings for the Stimson Center’s visiting fellows, first for a Lieutenant Colonel in the Pakistani Army and then for a physicist who is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority. Stolar attended those meetings with and took notes for the visiting fellow. They attended briefings and meetings at think tanks, the Defense and State Department, and other government agencies, and with Congressional staffers. He also helped organize a meeting hosted by the Stimson Center Space Security Project on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Space-Faring Nations.

Current Activities: Stolar is Acting Team Chief, Biosecurity Engagement Program at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction. He leads and coaches a team of eight Program Officers supporting the implementation of a $37 million biological threat reduction assistance program. He supervises BEP program officers in the implementation of biosecurity projects in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Eurasia. He was a National Security Analyst at Computer Sciences Corporation where he worked on a contract supporting the Cooperative Threat Reduction programs at the Department of State.  Before that he provided research support for a Department of Defense agency working on counterproliferation issues.  Following the conclusion of his fellowship Stolar was hired as a Research Assistant at the Stimson Center and authored a report entitled To The Brink: Indian Decision-Making and the 2001-2002 Standoff.