2011 Fellows

Kelsey Davenport

Fall 2011 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: University of Notre Dame, MA Peace Studies, 2011
Butler University, BA International Studies and Political Science, 2007

Issues Covered: Nuclear security, military budget

Current Activities: Davenport is the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association.

Philippe de Koning

Fall 2011 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Education: Dublin City University, MA International Security and Conflict Studies, 2013
Stanford University, BA International Relations, 2010

Issues Covered:  U.S.-China nuclear security relations, nuclear materials security

Current Activities: De Koning is an Analyst with Institutional Advisory and Solutions at BNP Paribas. He provides advisory services to public sector and financial institutions to resolve residual problems they are facing from the global financial crisis. He received an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University as a 2012 George Mitchell Scholar. He wrote a thesis on the impact of selected mediator attributes on the likelihood of success in civil war peace processes. Following his fellowship he was hired as a Research Associate at the Nuclear Threat Initiative where he worked on Chinese nuclear issues and global nuclear materials security.


Robert Taj Moore

Fall 2011 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center

Education: Harvard University, JD, 2015
Brown University, AB Political Science, 2011

Issues Covered: Nonproliferation, Iranian nuclear program, Middle East security

Current Activities: Moore works in the International Regulation and Compliance Group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He works on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and investigations, economic sanctions compliance, and white-collar criminal defense. He is also active in the firm’s pro bono program, through which he assisted in drafting an amicus brief on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights before the US Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015. He was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and co-Deputy Executive Submissions Editor at the Harvard National Security Journal. He was also co-director of the National Security Research Committee at the law school. The committee provides independent research to academics, policymakers, researchers, and government institutions on national security issues and regularly work with Ben Wittes at the Brookings Institution on U.S. detention law. In summer 2014 he worked as a legal intern at Brookings on the Lawfare program, where he  focused on U.S.-German espionage relations, FOIA, and national security law.

Jerome Simons

Fall 2011 Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council

Education: Johns Hopkins University, BS Physics and BA Mathematics, 2011

Issues Covered: Nuclear fuel cycle policy in the U.S., the global nuclear industry response to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster


Patricia Morris

Spring 2011 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Education: London School of Economics, MSc Comparative Politics and Conflict Studies, 2010
Wellesley College, BA Political Science and French, 2008

Issues Covered: New START nuclear treaty follow-on, defense budget, nuclear terrorism threat, Afghanistan and Iran

Current Activities: Morris is Program Officer for the Children and Armed Conflict Accountability Initiative at Conflict Dynamics. She supports projects and activities that advance policymnaker and practitioner capacity, creativity, and connections to advance accountability for perpetrators of violations against children in war. She is a 2015 Truman National Security Fellow. She was formerly a Migration Consultant with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) at the World Bank. CGAP is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion through research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders. She served as a translation editor for four websites in French, Arabic, Spanish and English for CGAP’s Microfinance Gateway websites (launched summer 2014) and provided quality assurance during the mass migration of old content to the new websites. In 2013, she was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She is a member of Women in International Security and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Previously she was a consultant at Global Health Equity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) focused on equitable access to health care. She served as a Program Coordinator for a suicide prevention program, the Development Officer, and Project Manager for a website redesign project. She previously was a volunteer Research Associate for Open Briefing, a startup civil society intelligence agency in Geneva. She provided research and fact-finding for intelligence analyses of the Middle East and specifically a paper the founder wrote on psychology and international security related decisions. Following her fellowship Morris worked as a Research and Editorial Assistant at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation on a project to create a report on the four-year goal President Obama set forth in 2009 to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials through improved security and weapons-usable material conversion and elimination. She also wrote a course curriculum for West Point Military Academy’s Counter Terrorism Center on the implications of the Arab Spring.


Cassidy Regan

Spring 2011 Fellow, Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA International Relations, 2010

Issues Covered: Violence prevention, community peacebuilding, regional and ethnic conflict in Kenya, U.S. militarism in East Africa

Current Activities: Regan is the National Trade Justice/Anti-TPP Campaign Organizer at PopularResistance.org. She works with communities across the country as they resist the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other harmful free trade agreements, advocating instead for trade that puts people and planet before profit. She has helped support both national and international days of action to raise awareness of the dangers of unjust trade. Regan was the Kenya Project Associate at FCNL from March 2012 until June 2013, where she continued some of the projects that she worked on during her fellowship. She led FCNL’s policy and advocacy work to promote U.S.-Kenya policies that support, rather than undermine, Kenyans’ grassroots and community-led efforts toward trauma healing, electoral violence prevention, and long-term peacebuilding. She also led FCNL’s efforts focused on countering the militarization of U.S.-Africa policy and supporting developments toward an international Arms Trade Treaty. She is currently a steering committee member of the Civilian-Soldier Alliance, an organization of civilians working in solidarity with veterans and servicemembers resisting U.S. militarism. CivSol directly supports the work of Iraq Veterans Against the War, including their Right to Heal campaign launched in partnership with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq. Right to Heal seeks to hold the U.S accountable for the trauma caused by its wars, demanding the right to reparations for Iraqi people and the right to adequate healthcare for U.S. veterans and servicemembers. She also volunteers with United Workers, a Baltimore-based human rights and anti-poverty organization led by low-wage workers.


Javier Serrat

Spring 2011 Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Education: Boston University, BA International Relations, 2009

Issues Covered: WMD nonproliferation including sanctions, financial controls, Iran, verification, technology contraband, and Middle East track II dialogue

Current Activities: Serrat is a Junior Professional Officer in the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency. JPOs are sponsored by the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards, which is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of State. Serrat 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. He was previously a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies where he worked on the same issues — sanctions, anti-proliferation financing, and Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone verification — as he did during his fellowship.


Catherine (Skroch) Thompson
Spring 2011 Fellow, Truman National Security Project Educational Institute

Education: Queen’s University Belfast, MA International Relations, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison BA International Relations, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and African Studies, 2009

Issues Covered: International Human Security, Nuclear Curriculum Development, Getting to Zero and Cooperative Threat Reduction Campaigns,

Current Activities: Thompson is a Program Director at the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) in Washington, D.C. In this role she facilitates coordination and collaboration among foundations and individual donors who support peacebuilding and security initiatives ranging from nuclear nonproliferation, to atrocities prevention, to locally-led peacebuilding.

She also founded and directs PeaceMeals, a program that facilitates support and wellness education for individuals in the aftermath of trauma or difficult seasons of life via cooking classes, targeted nutrition, and a shared table. Cath has conducted PeaceMeals in conflict and post-conflict zones including Iraq, Northern Ireland, and in the U.S., and for her work with PeaceMeals, she was awarded the Andi Foundation’s prize for “Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary things.”

Previously, Thompson was an Associate for Programs and Practice at Independent Sector, supporting the charitable sector. Following her Scoville Fellowship at the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute, she was hired on as the Grants Manager, where she managed the daily operations of the Truman Project’s grant procedures, including proposal writing, reporting, budgeting, and donor development.

She received an MA in International Relations from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 as a George Mitchell Scholar. Her research examined methods of rehabilitation and reconciliation for survivors of political conflict, specifically in the aftermath of Northern Ireland’s troubles. She was also a Human Rights Pundit for PolicyMic and was published in Conflict Trends Journal, which highlighted her fieldwork research as a Fulbright Scholar on transitional justice in Morocco.