2012 Fellows

Que’Nique Newbill

Fall 2012 Fellow, Stimson Center

Education: Grinnell College, BA Political Science, 2011

Issues Covered: Arab Transitions/Uprisings, regional conflicts in Middle East, Yemen, Jordan, Arab youth

Current Activities: Newbill began his first year at Columbia University Law School in fall 2015. He plans to focus his legal studies on both international and domestic issues. He hopes to explore national security law, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa, and to understand security threats as they relate broadly to poverty, education, and youth populations. He was previously a Fulbright Program Assistant at Amideast-Fulbright Division. He administered the Fulbright Foreign Student program on behalf of the Department of State and advises Fulbright students from Libya, Tunisia, and Jordan regarding their grants. Once a student is nominated, he handled everything from their university acceptance, to their arrival/departure, to signing their first lease, and providing guidance for the duration of their grant.


Usha Sahay

Fall 2012 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Education: Columbia University, BA History and Political Science, 2012

Issues Covered: U.S.-Iran relations, nuclear weapons budget, nuclear nonproliferation efforts, military spending

Current Activities: Sahay is Managing Editor of War On The Rocks, an online platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. She was previously an Interactive News Writer at the Wall Street Journal, and before that a News Editor at the Huffington Post, where she was part of a team of editors responsible for editing all HuffPost’s outgoing news items, including breaking news and focusing on political coverage. Following her fellowship she was the Director of Digital Outreach at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World. She managed the Center’s and Council’s digital strategy, online advocacy, and fundraising for Senate candidates. She was also an Assistant Editor (and founding team member) at War on the Rocks, an online platform for analysis, commentary, and debate on foreign policy and national security issues. She was responsible for editing 50% of the content that the site publishes, as well as for handling social media outreach and occasionally contributing content.


Marcus Taylor

Fall 2012 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: Suffolk University, MA Ethics and Public Policy, 2015
California State University, Sacramento, BA International Relations, 2012

Issues Covering: CTBT, nuclear weapons budget, missile defense system, non-proliferation and disarmament report card

Current Activities: Taylor is Director of Business Development at Howard Sloan Professional Search and Stephen-Bradford Search.


Seth Smith

Spring 2012 Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Education: Princeton University, MPA International Affairs, 2014
University of California–Los Angeles, BA Middle Eastern and North African Studies, 2011

Issues Covered: Iran sanctions; Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone; UN Security Council Resolution 1540;  chemical weapons security

Current Activities: Smith received an MPA with a focus on International Relations and Security from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University in 2014. During graduate school he was part of a student group that traveled to Israel and Palestine, UK, Oslo, and Geneva with Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer to research Track-II Diplomacy, and was one of the authors of the resulting report. He was also part of a small group of Princeton students who met with Iranian Ambassador to the UN on nuclear negotiations. He is currently working at Participant Media (producer of Countdown to Zero) managing the political/social action campaigns around their film releases.

Victoria Webbe

Spring 2012 Fellow, Truman National Security Project Educational Institute

Education: The New School for Public Engagement, MA International Affairs, 2011
Drew University, BA Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2009

Issues Covered: National security; women, peace, and security

Current Activities: Webbe is working in Senegal as a Program Associate with myAgro, a social enterprise NGO that offers a lay away payment method to small holds farmers, providing them with greater access to quality agriculture inputs. She was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. She worked as a Youth Development Volunteer to empower youth to be agents of change in their community. She predominantly focused on entrepreneurship training and HIV/AIDS education. Following her fellowship Webbe was hired as the Grants Manager for the Truman Project and Center for National Policy, ultimately being promoted to the Deputy Director of Foundation Relations.