October 2014 Update

Scoville Fellowship October 2014 Update

Following are highlights of the activities of the Scoville Fellowship since our last update in December 2013.

In May we held the 2014 Scoville Fellowship annual reception at the Open Society Foundations. Tom Andrews, Director of the Win Without War coalition, President of United to End Genocide and former member of Congress, was the featured speaker. See photos of the event on our Flickr page.

Jobs, Degrees, Awards

Kristy Kumar (Spring 2014 Fellow, Center for National Policy) is the Youth Program Coordinator and Case Manager at FAIR Girls, an organization that works to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. She is working on creating a new youth leadership and professional development program for their clients who are young survivors of human trafficking sexual exploitation. She is also a case manager for the young survivors.

Shane Mason (Spring 2014 Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) is a Research Associate with the South Asia program at the Stimson Center. His position entails conducting research on security-related issues in India and Pakistan, editing Stimson publications, and providing programmatic support.

Lianet Vazquez (Spring 2014 Fellow, British American Security Information Council) is pursuing a Master in International Security at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.

Kate Edelen (Fall 2013 Fellow, Friends Committee for National Legislation Education Fund) was hired as a Research Associate at FCNL where she is working on Peacebuilding Policy. She conducts research and writes on topics including security assistance and security sector reform, non-military responses to addressing violent extremism, state-building and governance, environmental resilience, and the prevention of conflict and mass atrocities.

Cody Poplin (Fall 2013 Fellow, ReThink Media) is a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. He is an Associate Editor of the Lawfare blog and is focusing on national security law and policy.

Ariana Rowberry (Fall 2013 Fellow, Brookings Institution) was a recipient of the 2014 Kathryn Davis Peace Fellowship that funded her participation in an intensive, immersive eight week Russian language program this past summer at Middlebury College. She hopes that this program will provide her with a foundation in the Russian language that she can apply to her interest in U.S.-Russian nuclear policy.

Audrey Williams (Fall 2013 Fellow, Stimson Center) is a Program Associate at Partnership for a Secure America. She provides support to the PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series and to an international working group study on International Atomic Energy Agency missions on nuclear security.

Usha Sahay (Fall 2012 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) is a News Editor at the Huffington Post, where she is part of a team of editors responsible for editing all HuffPost’s outgoing news items, including breaking news and focusing on political coverage.

Seth Smith (Spring 2012 Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies) 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 the 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, Center for National Policy) works for the Peace Corps in Cameroon, as a Youth Development volunteer.

Robert Taj Moore (Fall 2011 Fellow, Stimson Center) began his third year at Harvard Law School in fall 2014 where he is co-Deputy Executive Submissions Editor at the Harvard National Security Journal. He is 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 works 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.

Catherine (Skroch) Thompson (Spring 2011 Fellow, Truman National Security Project Educational Institute) received an MA in International Relations from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 as a George Mitchell Scholar. Her research examined the methods and mechanisms of rehabilitation for survivors of political conflict, specifically in the aftermath of Northern Ireland’s troubles. She decided to learn more about peace and security on the personal and interpersonal levels, as this is the root of national and international conflict. She now works as a Residential Counselor at a mental and behavioral health hospital in Wisconsin where she works with patients with eating disorders, trauma, and other mental illness.

Jessica Anderson (Fall 2009 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center), a PhD candidate in Political Science at George Washington University, has received a David L. Boren fellowship to conduct her dissertation field research and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the 2014-2015 academic year. The dissertation project asks why international aid efforts fail to delegate control to local actors and relies on survey data and ethnographic fieldwork in the Horn of Africa.

Brian Klein (Fall 2008 Fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists) began a PhD program in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California, Berkeley in fall 2014.

Vrinda Manglik (Fall 2008 Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council) is the Associate Campaign Representative in the International Program at the Sierra Club. She is working on a campaign to increase investment in off-grid renewables in developing countries. This work includes research and advocacy, and lobbying multilateral development banks to reform their energy lending practices. She received a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in December 2013.

Kingston Reif (Spring 2008 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) recently became the Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association. He is a 2014 Truman National Security Fellow.

Travis Sharp (Fall 2006 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) received his MPA in International Relations from 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. In September 2014 he entered the school’s PhD program in security studies. As a PhD student, he will serve as associate director of the Strategic Education Initiative in the school’s Center for International Security Studies. He also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security where he focuses on U.S. defense strategy and spending. He is also an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Toby Berkman (Spring 2004 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center) recently became an Associate at The Consensus Building Institute, a mediation non-profit in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is helping to mediate multiparty disputes around issues of international development, post-conflict transitions, and domestic and international environmental and energy policy.

Molly Farneth (Fall 2003 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility) earned a PhD in Religion (Religion, Ethics, & Politics subfield) from Princeton University in 2014. Her dissertation focused on varieties of ethical conflicts that emerge in religiously diverse societies, including the ways that such conflicts may be confronted and overcome when citizens draw from different religious and ethical sources. She is teaching in the Religion Department at the New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College, for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jeremy Bratt (Fall 2000 Fellow, Council for a Livable World Education Fund) is Deputy Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

Gaurav Kampani (Spring 1997 Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council) received his PhD from Cornell University’s Department of Government in January 2014. He is now a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tulsa where his specialization is international politics. He teaches courses on U.S. national security, world politics, and South Asia.

Heather Hamilton (Fall 1995 Fellow, GlobalSolutions.org) is Senior Advisor at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She focuses on facilitating international advocacy efforts at a global and regional level to achieve the policy, programmatic and funding changes that will be crucial to bringing an end to child marriage.


Publications and Media Appearances

James McKeon (Fall 2014 Fellow, Stimson Center), who interned and then worked full-time with the Scottish National Party Westminster Group at the UK Parliament and conducted research on nuclear security and defense issues, closely tracked the recent Scottish independence vote and its potential impact on the UK’s Trident program. He has published several articles on the subject since he began his fellowship, including Scottish independence could leave UK nuclear weapons homeless, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 20, 2014

Lianet Vazquez (Spring 2014 Fellow, British American Security Information Council) wrote a BASIC report titled Toward the 2015 NPT Review Conference: Attitudes and Expectations of Member States in the Middle East

Kate Edelen (Fall 2013 Fellow, Friends Committee for National Legislation Education Fund) wrote Nigeria’s path to peace, New York Times letter to the editor, August 29, 2014 and wrote Climate, Conflict and a Pentagon Report, also a New York Times letter to the editor, October 16, 2014

Jessica Bufford (Spring 2013 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative) wrote Societal Verification: Past and Present , a chapter in A Collection of Papers from the 20132013 Nuclear Scholars Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies January 2014 and also provided support for the 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index, Nuclear Threat Initiative, January 2014

Homa Hassan (Spring 2013 Fellow, National Security Initiative) wrote Time Running Out for Iran Nuke Negotiations, UN Dispatch, June 10, 2014

Kerry Kraemer (Spring 2013 Fellow, Center for National Policy) wrote Elephants: Critical to America’s National Security, Roll Call, October 1, 2014

Usha Sahay (Fall 2012 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) wrote Hillary the Hawk?, The National Interest, February 3, 2014 and wrote No, America is not in retreat, War on the Rocks, May 15, 2014

Kelsey Davenport (Fall 2011 Fellow, Arms Control Association) wrote Congress Should Support, Not Sabotage, Nuclear Talks with Iran, Roll Call commentary, May 14, 2014 and wrote A View From Vienna on Extending the Iran Negotiations, Roll Call commentary, July 18, 2014

Nate Cohn (Fall 2010 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center), who covers elections, polling and demographics as a writer for The Upshot at the New York Times has written Republicans Pull Ahead Again in Battle for Senate, New York Times, September 28, 2014 and Evidence Suggests Democrats Are Running Better Campaigns New York Times, October 6, 2014

Robert Golan-Vilella (Fall 2010 Fellow, Arms Control Association) wrote A Tale of Two AUMFs The National Interest, September-October 2014 and wrote Authorization for Use of Military Forever The National Interest, September 11, 2014

Taylor Jo Isenberg (Fall 2010 Fellow, Partnership for a Secure America) was a guest on Not Your Father’s Electorate, Richard Heffner’s Open Mind on PBS Channel 13 New York, July 19, 2014

Sarah Williams Savoy (Fall 2010 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science) co-wrote Integrating Nuclear Security Policy & Technology: Asian Centers of Excellence, Center for Strategic and International Studies Policy Perspectives, July 2014

Kelsey Davenport and Sarah Williams Savoy co-wrote The Nuclear Security Summit: Assessment of Joint Statements, Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security Report, March 2014 and co-wrote For nuclear security, good intentions are not enough, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 20, 2014

Adam Lichtenheld (Spring 2009 Fellow, National Security News Service) wrote Forced Migration as a Weapon of War in Iraq and Beyond, UN Dispatch, July 1, 2014 and wrote What Boko Haram Has Learned from ISIS, UN Dispatch, September 9, 2014

Kingston Reif (Spring 2008 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) participated in CSIS PONI Debate on U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, May 19, 2014 and co-wrote It’s Time To Rein In Nuclear Spending, Defense One, September 25, 2014

Travis Sharp (Fall 2006 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) wrote Gambling with Ground Forces: The 2015 Defense Budget and The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, Center for a New American Security Policy Brief, March 4, 2014

Erin Blankenship (Spring 2006 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility) wrote Time to get it right: Humanitarian and development aid to Afghanistan, Oxfam America, February 11, 2014

Molly (Clark) Dunigan (Fall 2002 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility) co-wrote Out of the Shadows: What We Know About the Well-Being and Experiences of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments, RAND Corporation, May 21, 2014

Masako Toki (Fall 2001 Fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists) wrote Heavy lifting ahead in the Japan-India nuclear deal, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 10, 2014

Philipp Bleek (Fall 1999 Fellow, Arms Control Association/Federation of American Scientists) co-wrote Security Guarantees and Allied Nuclear Proliferation, Journal of Conflict Resolution, April 2014

Michael Kraig (Fall 1998 Fellow, British American Security Information Council) wrote Shaping U.S. Military Forces for the Asia-Pacific: Lessons from Conflict Management in Past Great Power Eras, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, June 4, 2014

Rachel Stohl (Fall 1997 Fellow, British American Security Information Council) wrote The Great Drone Debate: Time to Move Past Fear and Confusion, The National Interest, July 7, 2014 and co-wrote Arming Syrian rebels: Deja vu all over again, The Hill’s Congress Blog, September 25, 2014

Loung Ung (Spring 1997 Fellow, Peace Action Education Fund) was interviewed on Khmer Rouge Convictions Offer Small Solace For Cambodian Victims, NPR All Things Considered, August 7, 2014

Yurika Ayukawa ( Fall 1996 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility) wrote Fukushima – A Status Report in The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014, July 29, 2014

Daryl Kimball (Fall 1989 Fellow, Physicians for Social Responsibility) wrote A Solution for the Iranian Uranium-Enrichment Puzzle, The National Interest, July 11, 2014 and co-wrote Close the door on nuclear dangers, The Hill’s Congress Blog, September 14, 2014

Kelsey Davenport and Daryl Kimball co-wrote Solving the Iranian Nuclear Puzzle: Toward a Realistic and Effective Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement, Arms Control Association Briefing Book, June 2014 and co-wrote As Iran talks resume, it’s time to play ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Reuters op-ed, September 18, 2014

John Feffer (Spring 1988 Fellow, Nuclear Times) wrote The Other Vietnam Syndrome Review of Shadow of Arms, Los Angeles Review of Books, September 8, 2014