Scoville Fellowship October Highlights

The Washington arms control community is talking about the side-by-side costs of the dueling defense plans of Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, dissected and diagrammed by Fall 2006 Scoville Fellow Travis Sharp in Budget Crunched: The Facts of Romney’s Proposed $2 Trillion Defense Increase. Sharp’s analysis shows a budget-busting $2 trillion jump in costs and was the main subject of Foreign Policy magazine’s well-regarded National Security blog by Thomas Ricks, who covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000-2008. Sharp’s analysis got further play when circulated by the Nuclear Weapons Working Group (NWWG), a heavy-hitting coalition of national organizations most of whom are members of the Scoville Fellowship. Travis Sharp is currently a non-resident fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a graduate student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Among other signs that Scoville Fellow alumni are moving the needle on talk about nuclear weapons, national security, and costs are the play given to a report co-authored by Fall 2010 Scoville Fellow Nate Cohn. In her two-part story  in the Washington Post Dana Priest cites the Stimson Center report as a reliable, non-partisan source on the cost of nuclear weapons. Nate Cohn now writes Electionate, a non-partisan election blog on political geography & demographics in The New Republic.

Spring 2008 Scoville Fellow Kingston Reif is a key contributor, along with
Linton Brooks, Janne Nolan, and Steven Pifer, among others, to a new report by the Carnegie Endowment Nuclear Policy Program called Beyond Treaties: Immediate Steps to Reduce Nuclear Dangers. Kingston Reif is Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Spring 1997 Scoville Fellow Gaurav Kampani was a panelist last week on China-India Nuclear Crossroads at the Carnegie Endowment. Gaurav Kampani is a PhD student in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

In recent hires and moves, former Scoville Fellows are extending the reach of an increasingly well-placed alumni network. Fall 2010 Scoville Fellow Sarah Williams is now a Nuclear Policy Analyst at the Partnership for Global Security. Spring 2007 Scoville Fellow Rich May is now the Weapons of Mass Destruction Section Chief at the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Fall 1999 Scoville Fellow Philipp Bleek, an Assistant Professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, is taking a sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year to serve as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs under a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security. See the official announcement .

Finally, Spring 2011 Scoville Fellow Catherine Skroch was honored by the Andi Foundation recently as one of five “Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” at an event in New York attended by Al Franken and Rachel Maddow.  Cath is the founder of PeaceMeals, a program that gathers individuals in the aftermath of conflict or trauma to promote healing and open discussion using creative cooking, holistic nutrition, and a shared table. Cath was unable to attend the event in person since she is now pursuing an MA in International Relations at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a 2012-2013 George J. Mitchell Scholar. She is one of two former Scoville Fellows who received the prestigious Mitchell Scholarship this year. Fall 2011 Scoville Fellow Philippe de Koning is an MA student in International Relations at Dublin City University.