The following are brief descriptions of each of the organizations that participate in the program. Scoville Fellows may only work with one of these groups.
The Scoville Fellowship has a rule prohibiting organizations from hosting fellows in consecutive semesters. The Spring 2015 Scoville Fellows will not have selected their host organizations until after the application deadline for the fall 2015 semester. Fall 2015 semester applicants should list on the cover page their organizational preferences, with the understanding that some of them will be prohibited from hosting fellows that semester. We will post the names of the organizations that will be ineligible to host fall fellows once the spring fellows have selected their placement.
Arms Control Association
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Center for National Policy
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Center for Public Integrity
Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund
Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund
Global Green USA
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Institute for Science and International Security
National Security Archive
National Security Initiative
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nuclear Threat Initiative
Partnership for Global Security
Partnership for a Secure America
Peace Action Education Fund
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Project On Government Oversight
Union of Concerned Scientists
Women’s Action for New Directions
ARMS CONTROL ASSOCIATION
1313 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
The Arms Control Association (ACA) is a non-partisan organization committed to promoting public understanding of arms control issues and policies. The Association through its media program, publications, and its monthly journal Arms Control Today, provides the media, Congress, research institutions, and civic groups with information and analyses on arms control and its contribution to national security. A Scoville Fellow would work at ACA as a junior staff member assisting with the publication of Arms Control Today, providing support for the media program or working with senior analysts on existing research projects.
Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization whose mission it is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations, including with regard to enhancing U.S. security and promoting a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world. Within Brookings, the Foreign Policy Program houses some 40 full-time scholars in eleven distinct research centers and initiatives. Many of the scholars have had direct experience at the highest levels of policymaking.
Brookings established the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative (ACNPI) in 2009, and it has quickly become recognized as one of the premier centers for research and policy recommendations on nuclear arms control issues. ACNPI to date has focused on the legacy of the Cold War–U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reductions, NATO nuclear posture and arms control measures regarding non-strategic nuclear weapons, and missile defense–as well as current issues of nuclear deterrence and key proliferation challenges such as Iran and North Korea. The initiative is directed by Senior Fellow Steven Pifer, who had considerable experience working on nuclear arms control during his 25 years as a career Foreign Service officer, including as Senior Director for Russia in the National Security Council, and draws on the talents of a number of other Brookings scholars.
Brookings expects that a Scoville Fellow would select, in consultation with ACNPI, a topic in the nonproliferation or arms control field (with a preference for the former) for his/her primary area of research and produce an in-depth manuscript examining that issue, including policy recommendations for the U.S. or other governments. That manuscript could be published as part of the Brookings Arms Control Series papers. In addition, the fellow would be expected to contribute shorter analytical, policy or opinion pieces for newspapers or other outlets, or for posting on the Brookings website. The fellow would also be expected to participate fully in ACNPI’s roundtables and public meetings and perhaps organize some on his/ her own.
The fellow would have the opportunity to take part in other Brookings Foreign Policy Program events as well as in related events, such as Congressional hearings and research or policy talks at other Washington think tanks. To further his/her own work, he/ she could expect to draw on Brookings’s wide range of contacts within the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and National Security Council.
CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Nuclear Policy Program
179 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-2103
Founded in 1910, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Today, Carnegie comprises a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Our mission is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues.
The Nuclear Policy Program is the longest-running program at Carnegie and has become a thought leader on proliferation, arms control and nuclear energy trends and challenges. Through cutting-edge analysis and policy engagement utilizing a network of influence with government officials and policy leaders around the globe, the Nuclear Policy Program helps shape nuclear policy debates in the United States and abroad. The concentration of nuclear expertise at the Endowment comprises technical, policy and regional experts based in Washington, Moscow, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Brussels, London, Bonn and Istanbul. The Program also convenes the biennial Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.
The day-to-day work of the Nuclear Policy Program involves a combination of research and analysis with engagement of the governmental and nongovernmental expert communities in Washington and abroad. Carnegie experts undertake major, long-term projects on critical challenges confronting the nuclear order; they seek to translate this work into policy influence by convening public and private discussions at Carnegie and in capitals around the world, through dissemination of ideas in print and digital media, and through targeted engagement of policymakers.
The Nuclear Policy Program will both integrate a Scoville Fellow into ongoing activities, such that they would have an opportunity to experience the field from the perspective of a senior researcher, and mentor them in the pursuit of their own research interests. Broadly speaking, the duties of prospective fellows would traverse a range of activities, from gathering and analyzing data from a variety of sources to assisting with organizing of policy dialogues. Fellows will be paired with and mentored by one or more of the senior scholars working on issues of mutual interest, meeting at a frequency dictated by ongoing activities and the needs of the fellow, on average of once a week. They would be expected to participate in the weekly research group meetings and, periodically, to present their own research for feedback from the team. To maximize their understanding of the Washington policy milieu and the role of think tanks within it, Scoville Fellows would be expected to attend occasional events outside of Carnegie in their areas of interest.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is dedicated to enhancing international peace and security and protecting the American people from the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The Center seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons as a tool of U.S. national security policy, halt the spread of all weapons of mass destruction, stop the deployment of a national missile defense system, and redirect national spending to better address the genuine threats facing the United States.
A Scoville Fellow working at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation would play an important role in researching and developing informational materials that would serve not only to educate the general public but to provide Congress with the technical information necessary to make informed decisions on arms control issues. The Center focuses on the policy makers in Washington, D.C.: Members of Congress, their staffs, reporters and foreign policy experts.
CENTER FOR NATIONAL POLICY
1250 I Street, NW Suite 500
Washington DC 20036
The Center for National Policy (CNP) is an independent think tank dedicated to advancing the national security of the United States. We bring together thought leaders and decision makers who are focused on peace and international security at home and across the globe.
CNP, in partnership with the Truman National Security Project, is also the nation’s only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. Our mission is to provide the skills, knowledge, and network to create an influential force of leaders across the country that advances strong 21st century national security policy. As staff in the Executive and on Capitol Hill, our trained leaders are the individuals who will advocate for progressive policy ideas from within the halls of power. And as trained spokespeople, our leaders add the unique credibility of their national security and military service to support progressive ideas in tough parts of the country. We offer separate training programs for Congressional staff, and elected leaders:
• Congressional Security Scholars: Senate and House staff must be nominated by the Chief of Staff to take part in our twelve-week training, which deepens their background on national security, foreign policy budgeting in Congress, communication training, and the foundational concepts of 21st century security thought.
• National Security Boot Camps: Full-day workshops for state and local leaders, candidates, and other forward-thinking organizations to provide a backbone of military knowledge, local homeland security information, professional communications training, and an introduction to the progressive security worldview.
• Backgrounders: Short, well-messaged policy pieces to train Congressional staff and other leaders in how to advocate for and message a crucial policy issue.
• Truman Security Fellowship: Our flagship program is a highly selective yearlong leadership development program for rising stars ages 27-40 operating in ten cities nationwide.
In the summer of 2013, the Center for National Policy in partnership with the Truman National Security Project also launched its paper publications program. Members of the Truman Project submit proposals that present forward-thinking, values-based ideas that are both innovative and actionable to be reviewed by an independent Editorial Board and published by CNP. These papers provide important and implementable approaches to some of the world’s most pressing security concerns.
A Scoville Fellow will work on a number of projects including:
• Developing and improving the Congressional Security Scholars curriculum. The Fellow will interact with leading thinkers in the nuclear non-proliferation and broader international security field and undertake significant research to assist in building these trainings. S/he will work with our senior staff to create curriculum materials based on that research, including lectures and interactive trainings.
• Planning and organizing public and private events, hill-briefings, and roundtable discussions with the organization’s non-proliferation expert group. As a Scoville Fellow s/he will be responsible for developing new and innovative ways to engage these members and influence the national dialogue on non-proliferation.
• Providing research, writing, and editing assistance to authors in the CNP paper publications program writing on nuclear deterrence, non-proliferation, air-sea-battle, and other regional and international security issues.
CENTER FOR NONPROLIFERATION STUDIES
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies is a research and training institution focusing on global and regional nonproliferation issues. The Center undertakes research on a wide range of nonproliferation topics, conducts seminars and training sessions for scholars, governmental officials, and the media and issues a variety of publications on nonproliferation, including a triennial journal, The Nonproliferation Review, the monthly WMD Insights, and the monthly International Export Control Observer. The Washington, D.C., office is home to senior scholars in nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile proliferation.
Current priority activities to advance the nonproliferation agenda include: encouraging efforts in NIS countries to minimize the use of weapons-grade uranium in civilian activities; containing the adverse impacts of opening U.S. nuclear trade with India; analyzing the growing use of financial controls as a sanction to slow proliferation; refining options for international nuclear fuel supply guarantees as an alternative to national uranium enrichment programs; evaluating export control programs in states of particular concern; defining the key elements of biological weapons (BW) know-how that need to be controlled to slow BW proliferation; and monitoring the global proliferation of cruise missiles and promoting means for constraining their further spread.
A Scoville Fellow can expect to engage in research and writing on nonproliferation developments as part of CNS projects led by senior staff and will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research, leading to one or more publications. In addition, a Fellow will participate in and help organize various seminars and training programs conducted by the Center; take part in briefings with foreign governmental officials and scholars, and U.S. congressional staff; and attend Congressional hearings and events at other Washington, DC, think tanks.
CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
910 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
The Center for Public Integrity is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit, investigative news organization dedicated to service as “a watchdog in the corridors of power,” as stated on all our business cards. We were founded in 1989 and have a staff of about 35. We conduct deep research and investigations and write lengthy, riveting accounts of outrageous government conduct and the waste, fraud, or abuse of public funds. We conduct our work in six content areas: politics, accountability, health, environment, juvenile justice, and national security.
Our national security work was started in September 2011 by R. Jeffrey Smith, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent who worked for several decades at The Washington Post and for a decade in the Washington offices of Science Magazine. Much of his writing has been about nuclear weapons, the defense budget, proliferation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention (he covered wars in the Balkans), fissile materials, and other national and international security issues. These issues now form the core of his reporting agenda at the Center, and they would also be the principal focus of a Scoville Fellow.
A Scoville Fellow would be responsible for writing regularly about these national security issues. The fellow’s work would be published on our website and social media, and in most cases, be co-published with our major media partners. In short, a Scoville Fellow would have a unique opportunity to burnish their writing skills while applying their special knowledge and expertise, before an audience that reaches, in some instances, millions.
The responsibility for mentoring the fellow would likely be shared by Smith and our senior national security reporter Douglas Birch, a former Moscow bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun and the Associated Press and former defense/security editor for the AP in Washington.
CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS EDUCATION FUND
420 Seventh Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
In today’s interdependent world, our lives, our jobs and our families are increasingly affected by global problems, such as terrorism, climate change, war and infectious diseases. Because these problems are global in scope, it is vital that countries work together to solve them.
Citizens for Global Solutions, a grassroots membership organization, envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. We run campaigns to promote the Women’s Rights Treaty, combat mass atrocities through United Nations reform, encourage leaders to take action on climate change, and form a UN Parliamentary Assembly where all citizens have their voices heard in a global democracy.
Our membership is active across the country. We meet regularly with public officials to support a more cooperative and multilateral foreign policy. Our Education Fund develops proposals for creating, reforming and strengthening international laws and institutions and to educate Americans about our global interdependence. Our political action committee, which is not affiliated with any political party, also helps elect public officials who are globally responsible.
Scoville Fellows work primarily with the Campaigns team and the CEO. We work with each fellow to design an individualized project that addresses their particular interests and builds on their skills while allowing them to play an essential role on our team. Fellows will work on proposals for addressing the root causes of conflict and on advancing innovative global norms on climate security, human rights, and democratic governance, as well as providing information on the role of international institutions in U.S. foreign policy. The fellow will undertake the following tasks, among others: research and writing for government and grassroots audiences, meeting coordination, and policy analysis.
FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION EDUCATION FUND
245 Second Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
The FCNL Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that conducts research, publishes information on legislation and government policy for the public and members of Congress, and trains constituents to conduct effective advocacy. FCNL’s staff of 35 work in the first LEED-certified building on Capitol Hill.
A Scoville Fellow could select from a range of substantive peace and security policy initiatives at the FCNL Ed Fund, related to nuclear disarmament, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and U.S. military engagement in the world. The work of the Scoville Fellow would be project focused and would help the fellow learn policy development and the legislative process, understand effective legislative, grassroots and media advocacy, and build a network for knowledge development and career opportunities in the field of peace and security.
These projects could include:
-Researching, writing, and distributing materials on FCNL’s nuclear program, to include Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the START agreement, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and other international treaties and nuclear nonproliferation issues;
-Defining a specific project within FCNL’s Foreign Policy team’s educational work on US military engagement in the world: existing wars (e.g. Afghanistan), potential wars (e.g. Iran), new types of warfare (e.g. drones), or new regional foci (e.g. Africom) with research, writing, and outreach;
-Developing FCNL’s peaceful prevention of deadly conflict program through connections on resource scarcity, food and water security, and climate change issues in specific regions; researching these root causes and proposing innovative ways in which the US policy can prevent violent conflict;
The fellow would have opportunities to publish articles on aforementioned security issues in national and local media outlets and in FCNL publications for constituents; to organize briefings for the NGO community and FCNL constituents with high profile speakers; to network and speak with constituents, grassroots activists, and local leaders in key states to educate them about these security issues and help them coordinate advocacy campaigns. FCNL Ed Fund has a nationwide network of more than 50,000 active constituents and fifty years of experience in leading nuclear disarmament campaigns. FCNL has successfully assisted past Scoville Fellows and FCNL program assistants in positions at other NGOs and in the government.
GREEN CROSS INTERNATIONAL/GLOBAL GREEN USA
Environmental Security and Sustainability Program
1100 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Green Cross International was founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013. It has shared a Washington DC office with its US national affiliate, Global Green USA (GGUSA), since 1994. Green Cross International (GCI) is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and Global Green USA in Santa Monica, CA. There are also offices in New Orleans, LA and New York City, NY. GCI has more than 30 national affiliates around the world in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.
The founding of the organization originated from NGO discussions at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro; a year later, five countries — US, Russia, Japan, The Netherlands, and Switzerland — established Green Cross in Kyoto, Japan. The overarching goal of Green Cross and President Gorbachev is to promote a “value shift” in how humanity manages the earth. Within that broad vision, our international arms control and environmental programs include nuclear, chemical, biological, and conventional disarmament and abolition; climate change; energy and resource efficiency; reforestation; water and conflict; recycling; and environmental education.
Our Environmental Security and Sustainability (ESS) Program work is managed out of the Washington DC office and is seeks to bridge the gaps between traditional arms control and disarmament, and environmental and public health issues. The program is aimed at promoting and facilitating the safe and environmentally sound destruction of weapons stockpiles, the cleanup and remediation of military lands, and the strengthening of arms control and disarmament regimes such as the Nonproliferation Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological Weapons Convention, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
We have been very active over the past two decades in facilitating the dismantling and elimination of nuclear and chemical weapons (CW) in both the U.S. and Russia; this has included ratification of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention and the 2010 New START agreement in both Washington and Moscow; public outreach and stakeholder involvement at Russian and U.S. WMD stockpile sites; and international facilitation of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) and G-8 Global Partnership programs. We have also been engaged in conventional weapons issues including unexploded ordnance [UXOs], landmines, strategic rocket motors, buried and sea-dumped munitions, and military base cleanup.
Green Cross/Global Green founded and manages the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition (CWCC), a global network of over 50 NGOs in support of chemical weapons abolition. And it is also a founder and steering committee member of the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG) which supports the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and global control of fissile material. It also is a member of the Nuclear Weapons Working Group (NWWG) which meets twice monthly to engage nuclear-related issues.
The ESS Program includes Green Cross affiliates in the US, Russia, Switzerland, Belarus, and the Ukraine. Our work is thus very international in scope and is supported by U.S. and European governments, corporations, foundations, and individual donations. We network at all levels — international, national, regional, and local — and seek to promote full stakeholder involvement, consensus-building, and safe demilitarization procedures.
Scoville Fellows would have the opportunity to work in our Washington, DC office on Security and Sustainability Program issues. This would involve research, writing, and/or organizing events on nuclear, chemical, biological and/or conventional weapons issues most often related to nonproliferation and weapons demilitarization. The specific Scoville Fellow project would be worked out based on mutual interests and needs.
INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
6935 Laurel Avenue, Suite 204
Takoma Park, MD 20912
The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) provides the public and policy makers with thoughtful, clear, and sound technical studies on a range of environmental, nuclear and energy issues, bringing scientific excellence to public policy debates. IEER’s publications focus on the environmental consequences of nuclear weapons production, alternative energy, nuclear disarmament, and related issues. Its newsletter, Science for Democratic Action, uses non-technical language and humor to make scientific information accessible to policy makers, activists, and the media, both in the U.S. and other nuclear weapons states. IEER also has an international newsletter, Energy & Security, which is published in Russian, French, and Chinese. The aim of IEER is to promote the democratization of science and a safer, healthier environment.
A Scoville fellow working at IEER would be involved in one or both of IEER’s main projects: Technical Support to Grassroots Groups on Nuclear Issues, or the Global Outreach Project for Reducing Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers. Depending on a fellow’s qualifications, work might include research and writing on technical topics related to nuclear weapons production — including forthcoming reports on the ecological effects of modern war, nuclear power phase-out, and threats to water resources around nuclear sites; research and writing for IEER’s newsletter on issues such as disarmament, de-alerting nuclear weapons, and plutonium disposition; and/or preparing materials for and presenting at IEER’s technical training workshop on nuclear power decommissioning and waste management. Depending on the fellow’s language skills and other capabilities, work may include writing, research and possibly travel in association with our global project, which focuses on nuclear issues in Russia, France, Britain and to a lesser extent China, Japan and South Asia.
INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Institute for Science and International Security is a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that provides the public, media and policy makers with clear analyses of scientific and policy issues affecting national and international security. Since its inception in 1993, ISIS has award-winning and internationally recognized technical assessments of proliferant state efforts to get the bomb, including detailed evaluations of South Africa’s and Iraq’s nuclear weapons programs. ISIS has compiled comprehensive estimates of plutonium and highly enriched uranium inventories worldwide, and continues to seek a global cutoff of the production of these nuclear explosive materials. ISIS has also provided critical information in support of efforts to reduce the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production complex, to end nuclear testing, and to prevent the future development of new types of nuclear weapons by all countries. ISIS works regularly with government officials and independent experts and scientists both in the U.S. and internationally to further its goals of creating more effective nuclear nonproliferation strategies and reducing the size of existing nuclear arsenals.
A Scoville Fellow at ISIS would be involved in one or both of the organization’s research efforts: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Project and the Nuclear Weapons Production Project. In particular, he or she would gather information, help set up ISIS-sponsored conferences, and events, and provide other important research assistance in close cooperation with ISIS staff to further the completion of existing tasks.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE
2130 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
The National Security Archive, founded in 1985, is an independent, non-profit research institute, library facility and publisher in Washington, DC With a staff of 30 and a budget of $1.3 million, the Archive provides scholars, journalists, librarians, students and other researchers with unclassified and declassified government documents — the primary source documents — that are indispensable for research and informed public debate on important issues of foreign, intelligence, defense and international policy.
The Archive obtains documents for its series The Making of U.S. Policy, from a wide variety of source including: requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Mandatory Declassification Review process, donations, Presidential libraries, official court records, Congressional reports and testimony and oral histories.
As a leading advocate of the FOIA, the archive enlists major Washington law firms to perform pro bono FOIA representation. The Archive’s lawsuits have broken down the fee barrier used by agencies as a threat against reporters and researchers to deter them from using FOIA. The Archive brought the first lawsuit to preserve and obtain access to government electronic mail. Other cases have forced the release of thousands of previously classified documents including the complete list of all documents ever declassified by the CIA and the FBI’s internal memos on the attempted recruitment of librarians as informants.
A Scoville fellow would work in tandem with analysts on one of more current research projects. This would include building chronologies of events, helping obtain, analyze, and index government documents, and performing research in libraries, archives and on Capitol Hill.
NATIONAL SECURITY INITIATIVE
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
The National Security Initiative is the 501c(3) arm of the National Security Network, the leading edge of advocacy and communications for a forward-thinking, principled and pragmatic national security policy.
The National Security Network works with experts and activists, candidates and elected officials to connect decision-makers and opinion leaders with the best national security policies, in language their constituents understand and support. We deliberately focus on audiences which are key to U.S. policymaking but are not themselves policy experts – members of Congress, their generalist staffs, journalists, advocates, policymakers working more broadly than their own core expertise, pundits, and “grasstops” influential outside the Beltway. We produce a daily three-page summary and key messages on a policy issue as well as longer papers, extensive rapid response media work, blogging, and coalition work – and sponsor 30-50 speaker events around the country every year. A Scoville Fellow placed at NSI should expect to be exposed to politics, candidates and campaign consultants and gain experience that is rare in the think tank community. S/he will work with senior staff to prepare issue briefs and take on primary responsibility for keeping the office abreast of one or more issues from the following top-priority set: Arab spring, Afghanistan, Pakistan, non-proliferation broadly and in specific in Iran and North Korea, counter-terrorism and civil liberties, China, rebalancing national security strategy and military spending. Fellows will also have the opportunity to write for our blog Democracy Arsenal, as well as outside publications. The fellow will experience a fast-paced, campaign-like environment, with research and writing balanced with the opportunity to support the planning and execution of media events, congressional briefings, and national outreach events, and attend coalition meetings and working groups.
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
1152 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
For the past 40 years the Nuclear Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has continuously maintained a staff of scientists, policy analysts, and litigators dedicated to reducing and ultimately eliminating the security and environmental risks from nuclear weapons arsenals worldwide. The NRDC Nuclear Program played a key role in the citizen-scientist diplomacy that helped end the Cold War and stop nuclear weapons test explosions in the United States and Russia, and it was NRDC litigation that established the judicial precedent bringing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex under the jurisdiction of the nation’s environmental laws. The NRDC Nuclear Program today is a leading nongovernmental authority on nuclear arms control and disarmament, and a prominent voice in academic and policy debates towards achieving safety, non-proliferation and environmental safeguards for nuclear power in the context of Climate Change.
The Scoville Fellow will join the NRDC Nuclear Program’s team of five technical experts, policy analysts, and attorneys working on one or more of the following project areas: (1) reducing the risk of nuclear war through creative technical analysis and through fostering a more collaborative international system conducive to arms control and global elimination of nuclear weapons; (2) mitigating the risk of severe nuclear accidents at reactors that produce electricity through science and litigation; (3) preventing national programs for spent nuclear fuel reprocessing and the plutonium fuel cycle; (4) shaping US efforts to establish a deep geologic repository for the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel; and (5) protecting groundwater and other natural resources from harms inflicted by uranium mining.
Working closely with program staff, the Scoville Fellow will have opportunities for research, analysis, writing and advocacy, and a mentoring experience commensurate with the fellow’s background, creativity, capabilities, and interests. The fellow will have an opportunity to gain exposure to the full range of the Nuclear Program’s activities, and to work with experts in related areas of NRDC, such as in NRDC’s International, Energy, Climate and China programs.
Founded in 1970, the NRDC now has a staff of more than 400 attorneys, scientists, public policy experts and other professionals working on a broad range of environmental challenges. NRDC benefits from the engagement of more than 1.4 million members and online activists, and has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montana and Beijing.
NUCLEAR THREAT INITIATIVE
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and to work to build the trust, transparency and security which are preconditions to the ultimate fulfillment of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s goals and ambitions.
NTI can provide a unique educational experience to Scoville Fellows by assisting in developing leadership skills that can serve the Fellow throughout a career in the peace and security field and by facilitating their contribution to the critically important work of NTI.
Depending on interest and expertise, a Scoville Fellow could work on one of the following topics: identification of indicators and methods of tracking progress on nuclear materials security, research and participation in efforts to promote nuclear materials transparency and cooperation, and development of exercises to identify critical issues and to promote action on a range of topics. The Fellow would also attend relevant local meetings and Congressional hearings, and support a range of NTI activities.
PARTNERSHIP FOR GLOBAL SECURITY
1400 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
The Partnership for Global Security (PGS) is one of the global leaders in designing and generating support for the improvement of the global nuclear security and governance system. For over 17 years, PGS has been evaluating policy needs, developing effective, implementable responses, and driving demonstrable results. Its activities, analyses, and issue framing have consistently shaped the viewpoints of policy makers, international experts, and the media.
Its focus on strategic thinking about both policy needs and a deep understanding of how to package timely, authoritative, and actionable policy proposals for policymakers has led to new international security programs and millions of dollars in new funding for nuclear security. PGS has a unique perspective on the nuclear security challenge and how to address it. Its track record is unparalleled in creating broad and integrated networks, including private and public partnerships, to address vital transnational issues. PGS is constantly evaluating how the convergence of security, technological, and economic issues is shaping the 21st century’s global nuclear challenges. PGS addresses the challenges in this field with an approach that fuses an understanding of technology, geopolitics, economics, international law and social dynamics.
The responsibilities of a Scoville Fellow working at PGS would be to conduct original research and produce reports (for both internal and external consumption) primarily focused on nuclear security, nuclear energy, and transnational governance challenges. Additionally, the nexus of climate change, nuclear energy, global security, and nuclear security governance policies are essential themes of PGS’ core research. The Scoville Fellow would attend relevant meetings, conferences, and congressional hearings, and prepare summaries of these events. Lastly, the fellow would assist the PGS president and Washington Office staff in their research on major nuclear security policy and strategy issues.
PARTNERSHIP FOR A SECURE AMERICA
2000 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) was created in 2005 by former US Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former US Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) to lead by example, demonstrating that bipartisan progress on the toughest foreign policy and national security challenges is possible. Over the past eight years, we have succeeded in fostering and promoting bipartisan consensus on dozens of important policy issues, often through high profile public statements by our distinguished bipartisan Advisory Board. In addition, PSA administers a bipartisan Congressional staff education program, which provides mid-level Hill staffers from both parties with substantive foreign policy education, negotiation and communication trainings, simulated national security decision making exercises, and social activities designed to build relationships of mutual trust and respect across party lines.
The PSA Advisory Board consists of 22 highly distinguished foreign policy officials from previous administrations, including five former Senators, two former National Security Advisors, former Secretaries of State and Defense, three former UN Ambassadors, and a former Governor. Of this group, roughly half are Democrats and half Republicans. A complete list of PSA Advisory Board members, and links to PSA statements, is available at www.PSAonline.org.
A Scoville Fellow would serve as a Research Assistant with PSA. In this capacity, the Fellow would:
• Undertake a supervised research and writing projects;
• Help research, draft, and revise bipartisan policy statements;
• Draft press releases, talking points and other materials supporting PSA initiatives;
• Work with the media to promote coverage of PSA’s activities;
• Help plan and organize events promoting PSA Advisory Board statements and the Congressional Partnership Program;
• Attend and report on relevant Washington briefings and seminars as well as hearings on Capitol Hill;
• Help manage the organization’s online presence and advocacy tools;
• Contribute to the PSA blog, “Across the Aisle.”
PEACE ACTION EDUCATION FUND
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 524
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Peace Action is the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization with nearly 40 state affiliates, over 100 local chapters, 31 Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) chapters, over 100,000 dues-paying members and official NGO status with the United Nations. For over 50 years, Peace Action has organized to eliminate the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction, strengthen human rights and democracy by halting the arms trade, increase international cooperation and cut wasteful Pentagon spending.
A Scoville Fellow working with Peace Action will have the unique experience of transforming policy knowledge into grassroots activism and grassroots activism into political change. Peace Action plays a lead role in facilitating collaborative partnerships between our allies on Capitol Hill, our colleagues in the peace and security policy community, and our network of grassroots peace activists across the country. As a fellow at Peace Action, you will have opportunities to forge relationships with allied organizations in the Washington area, while translating the latest congressional strategies and policy developments to our activists in the field for their grassroots outreach, education and advocacy on issues related to the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, promoting diplomacy in Iran, nuclear disarmament, and human rights and international cooperation. Peace Action is the only organization working on these issues that uses all the tools in the social change tool box: From working with Senators, Representatives and senior congressional staff to civil disobedience, and from grassroots organizing and coalition building to electoral strategies. A fellow will get to see all these tools and learn how to use them strategically to affect policy change.
Peace Action’s national office has a staff of sixteen persons and is located just a block from the Silver Spring metro stop in downtown Silver Spring, MD and 25 minutes from the Capitol. Several Peace Action grassroots affiliates are in the area and travel to conferences or events within the U.S. is likely. Though rare, past Scoville Fellows travelled internationally.
PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
1111 14th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20005
Scoville Fellows at Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) are valued partners on a team of doctors, public health professionals, peace and security experts, and chapter organizers. The combination of policy and advocacy work, which enabled PSR to share the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, is still a central focus of our enduring advocacy on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, climate change and chemical toxics. PSR was founded in 1961 with the motto “Prevention is the only cure.”
The Scoville Fellow will work directly with the Security Program Director to develop a campaign around a nuclear weapons policy position or directly on our humanitarian impacts campaign. The Scoville Fellow will leverage PSR resources to help lead a campaign and educate “grasstops” leaders and the public on an issue area which may be strictly in the peace/security arena or crosscut with our other issues of climate change, nuclear power threats or toxics. Our expectation is to provide a Fellow the experience of managing a project, communicating complex issues to our members, the public, and the media.
PSR’s current security programs are part of an international movement centered on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW), which is gathering momentum around the world and is the most promising development in nuclear disarmament in decades. In March, 2013, 127 nations met at the first HINW conference in Oslo, Norway. On October 21, 2013, 124 nations delivered a joint statement to the United Nations General Assembly on humanitarian impacts, calling for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. On November 18, 2013, citing HINW, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movement adopted a four-year action plan towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. In February, 2014, 146 nations gathered in Nayarit, Mexico for the second HINW conference. A third conference is planned for November or December in Vienna.
To contribute to the HINW initiative, PSR and its parent organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, released a 2013 report indicating that even a “limited, regional” nuclear war, e.g. between India and Pakistan, would cause climatic disruptions triggering “nuclear famine” — crop failures around the world that would put 2 billion humans at risk of starvation.
Utilizing our nationwide network of 25 chapters and 35,000 members and e-activists, PSR is bringing the humanitarian impact message to Rotary Clubs, sister organizations, and health audiences to raise awareness. We are organizing new advocates to bring the message to policymakers directly and through the media.
PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT (POGO)
1100 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005-3806
The Project On Government Oversight is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. We often work with whistleblowers and other insiders, utilize the Freedom of Information Act, and employ other means to bring new information into the public domain.
Since POGO’s beginning, it has sought to make the case that a larger defense budget does not make America safer, and that much of the defense budget is wasteful. We are troubled by the outsourcing of the Pentagon, particularly to companies providing logistics and security services in war zones. We believe the defense services industry costs more in general than do government employees, is difficult to hold accountable, and creates an industry dependent on the continuation of hot wars (for instance, KBR and Blackwater do not do that much when the U.S. is not at war). POGO also monitors the contractors that build military hardware, conducts in-depth investigations into weapons procurement, and advocates for improvements.
The Scoville Fellow would regularly write blog posts on weapons systems, influence-peddling by contractors, contractor misconduct, and other defense budget and accountability issues; work on in-depth investigations into national security-related waste and misconduct, producing substantial products such as letters or reports each term; and work with reporters, congressional staffers, and insiders to advocate for public policy reforms, including the cancellation of weapons systems.
POGO stands out from numerous other organizations because of the emphasis we place on uncovering new information that can change the course of the debate over the defense budget. One of the ways we do that is by utilizing investigative journalism techniques that emphasize working with insiders. Because of this, we are seen by many as a non-ideological, fact-based organization that many on both sides of the political aisle turn to for reliable information.
1889 F Street, NW, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20006
ReThink Media is the first strategic media institute focused exclusively on strengthening the media and communications capacity of nonprofit think tanks, experts, advocacy groups and grassroots organizations working toward a more constructive U.S. foreign policy. Operating on a membership model, ReThink provides strategic communications consulting and media resources for nonprofit group members working on arms control, foreign policy and human rights issues.
More than 80 organizations come to ReThink Media for support with their media and messaging. ReThink’s Peace and Security team works to analyze messaging and opinion trends to inform media strategies that deliver measurable communications results for all of our member organizations that support arms control and foreign policy efforts.
A Scoville Fellow would work directly under the supervision of a senior member of the Peace and Security team focus primarily on nuclear weapons issues. Fellows would assist with the development of advocate messaging, analyzing and updating issue relevant polling, media analysis as well as draft op-eds, letters to the editor, press lists or media best practice guides.
1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Stimson Center concentrates on particularly difficult national and international security issues where policy, technology and politics intersect. Its aim is to produce research that is relevant to policy makers, rigorous by academic standards, and understandable by the public at large. Our projects deal with regional security (South Asia, the Middle East, East Asia), countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and institution building (peacekeeping, homeland security, Congress). At this time there are ten active research and policy analysis projects housed at the center. The Stimson Center has a full-time staff of 40, which is complemented by interns, visiting fellows, and adjunct scholars.
A Scoville Fellow would be assigned to work with one of the center’s senior associates or the president. In their capacity as a junior researcher at the Stimson Center, a Scoville Fellow would be tasked to research particular issues, to prepare publications that summarize public forums, to arrange press briefings in Washington and around the United States, to participate in collaborative programs the center undertakes with other think tanks and advocacy organizations, and to assist with the strategic dissemination of center findings and recommendations through its web page and other means.
UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS
Nuclear Weapons & Global Security Program
1825 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1232
An independent, nonprofit organization with 300,000 activists and members, the Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
UCS’s Global Security Program, where Scoville Fellows would work, advocates for a safer world by seeking to eliminate the risks posed by nuclear arsenals and nuclear terrorism, to improve nuclear power plant safety, to prevent the deployment of anti-satellite and space-based weapons, and to enhance international dialogue on security issues. UCS’s policy goals include stopping the deployment of new nuclear weapons, limiting the deployment of unworkable missile defenses, preventing the spread of nuclear weapons material and technology, securing deep cuts in world nuclear arsenals leading to their elimination, and increasing arms control expertise in China.
Scoville Fellows do not need a technical background to work at UCS. Fellows work primarily with the Global Security Washington Representative/Senior Analyst, who is responsible for presenting UCS’s positions to Congress, the administration, and the public. Among the fellowship’s participating organizations, UCS is one of the few that is active in every part of advocacy work. Fellows can get involved in all aspects, including research, writing, media work, work with Congress, and grass roots education. Ample opportunities are provided for Scoville Fellows to attend educational seminars and briefings and otherwise benefit from their Washington experiences.
WOMEN’S ACTION FOR NEW DIRECTION
322 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) was founded in 1980 as a women’s political initiative for the elimination of the threat of nuclear war. WAND’s mission since the 1990s has broadened to include increasing women’s political power nationwide for the purpose of eliminating weapons of mass destruction and redirecting unnecessary funding for cold war weapons to human needs. WAND is a national membership organization with chapters across the country.
The Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), a project of WAND, is a national network of women state legislators with members in every state. WAND community leaders and WiLL members engage in grassroots lobbying, community education, and work actively on election campaigns. A Scoville fellow would work with the Washington, DC staff of WAND and WiLL to research and write on disarmament and federal budget issues, track legislation, and assist with projects such as our biennial lobby day, media outreach and education to state legislators and grassroots.