2008 Fellows

 Brian Klein

Fall 2008 Fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists

Education: University of Notre Dame, BA Political Science, 2008

Issues Covered: Nuclear nonproliferation

Current Activities: Klein began a PhD program in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California, Berkeley in fall 2014. He was previosaly special assistant to Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes at Peace Corps, where he provided counsel and administrative support in the Office of the Director. He also worked on Peace Corps’ domestic education and intercultural exchange programs. Brian served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar from 2010-2012, collaborating with local villagers and counterparts from the World Wide Fund for Nature to design and implement several agroforestry extension and agricultural improvement projects. He worked with local forest management organizations in southeast Madagascar’s Vondrozo Corridor, providing training and resources to improve natural resource management, augment and diversify agricultural production, and ameliorate living conditions.  His particular focus was to initiate reforestation projects using tree species that not only produce better environmental conditions but also provide the local population with nutritious food and alternative sources of income.

He continues to be an intermittent consultant to the World Bank’s Africa Energy Unit, focusing on carbon capture and rural electrification projects in South Africa and Madagascar. Previously he worked as a Staff Intern with the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He wrote for ECSP’s blog, The New Security Beat, assisted with the logistics of ECSP’s events, researched materials for the annual report, and maintained the contact database.


Vrinda Manglik

Fall 2008 Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council

Education: Yale University, Master of Environmental Management, 2013
Sarah Lawrence College, BA Environmental Studies & International Development, 2008

Issues Covered: Environmental security

Current Activities: Manglik is the Campaign Representative in the International Climate & Energy Campaign at the Sierra Club. She is working to shift public finance away from fossil fuels to renewables. and advocating for increased use of off-grid renewables and mini-grids for bottom-of-pyramid energy access in developing countries. She is also Secretary of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She received a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in December 2013. She was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education for her first year. She participated in the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa (November/December 2011) as part of a group of advisors to the Maldives. She also interned with the Permanent Mission of Papua New Guinea to the UN in New York, as part of a UN Environmental Diplomacy class she took during the fall semester. In summer 2012 she conducted independent research in Peru about mining conflicts there. She is investigating the political, social, environmental dynamics, and the role of NGOs, regarding clashes between primarily foreign companies and local communities. She worked as a full-time Field Organizer on the Obama campaign in Virginia from late August through Election Day 2012. She took off a semester of school to do that and plans to graduate from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in December 2013. She previously worked as a Research Associate with the Environmental Law Institute. She conducted policy and legal research on post-conflict natural resource management and peacebuilding, energy subsidies, brownfields, environmental justice, international environmental governance, capacity building for environmental law and policy. After her fellowship she was hired at NRDC in their International program for a month continuing the work she had done on the India project.

 

Rebecca Bornstein

Spring 2008 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center

Education: Tel Aviv University, MA Security and Diplomacy, 2014
Kalamazoo College, BA Political Science, 2007

Issues Covered: Homeland security and terrorism prevention, nuclear nonproliferation

Current Activities: Bornstein is Director of External Relations and Researcher at Mitvim – The Institute for Regional Foreign Policies in Israel. She writes Mitvim’s monthly report on U.S. Middle East policy, and the trends that influence US policy towards the region, with a specific focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Syria, and Iran. Mitvim is an independent, progressive think tank that works to advance Israeli-Arab peace and effective civil society cooperation in the Middle East. She also provides expertise and analysis on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and Iran’s nuclear program. She is in the beginning stages of developing a project that will bring Israeli and Palestinian experts together to negotiate a document of policy recommendations in support of a regional Middle East peace framework that is based on the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is also a grantwriter at Molad – The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, a progressive think tank that focuses on advancing the two-state solution within Israel. She writes annual and semiannual reports of the organization’s strategic direction and recent activities, and also research new funding options. She also wrote an analysis of a book on the Annapolis Process, and extracted lessons for American policymakers interested in conducting successful peace processes. She received an MA in Security and Diplomacy Magna Cum Laude, from Tel Aviv University in 2014. She also volunteers with the Tel Aviv African Refugee Development Center.

After her fellowship, she was hired as a research fellow with the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Weapons in International Security program through the end of 2008, where she researched and wrote on verification and enforcement scenarios, both historical and hypothetical, under nuclear disarmament treaties. This work was done collaboratively with the Stimson team and for use in the Global Zero nuclear disarmament project. Her research resulted in the chapter “Enforcing a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty” that appeared in the in the Stimson book Elements of a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty that was published in January 2010.


Kingston Reif

Spring 2008 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Education: University of St. Andrews, M.Litt. International Security Studies, 2007
London School of Economics and Political Science, Msc. International Relations, 2006
Brown University, BA International Relations, 2005

Issues Covered: Nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, U.S.-India nuclear deal, the war in Iraq, and the defense budget

Current Activities: Reif is Director for Disarmament & Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association. He was previously the Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferatin where he focused on arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear weapons, and preventing nuclear terrorism. In addition to writing, blogging, and media on these issues, he shared information and did outreach on these issues on Capital Hill, particularly on the Senate side. He was previously a Commissioner’s Assistant to Morton Halperin, one of the twelve Commissioners on the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. The commission, chaired by William Perry, had a mandate to “broadly review the nation’s strategic posture, including an array of capabilities and military programs such as conventional strategic systems, nonproliferation and counterproliferation programs, missile defense systems and the future of nuclear weapons.” Reif drafted memos for Dr. Halperin on such issues as the evolution of U.S. nuclear weapons policy, the CTBT, the U.S. nuclear stockpile size, the U.S. nuclear infrastructure, Russian and Chinese nuclear modernization programs, and extended nuclear deterrence. He also liased and arranged meetings with congressional staff, department of defense officials, and nuclear laboratory officials in support of Dr. Halperin and the Commission.