Major Fellowship Activities: Chankin-Gould wrote an issue brief, The OAS Firearms Convention: Curbing Illicit Arms Flows for a More Secure Future for the FAS website. She co-authored an issue brief on shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles entitled MANPADS Proliferation for the FAS website. She contributed research to and helped edit a report by Matt Schroeder entitled Small Arms, Terrorism and the OAS Firearms Convention. She translated the press release for the report into Spanish and served as the contact for Spanish- speaking press on the subject of the report, allowing FAS to reach a broader audience. She represented FAS as an Observer at the XVIII General Conference of OPANAL (the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean), held in Havana, Cuba on November 5-6. She did a presentation on the conference to FAS’s staff, and wrote an article on the conference, “Preventing Nuclear Proliferation in Latin America: The Treaty of Tlatelolco,” that appeared in the FAS Public Interest Report (Winter 2004). She researched and co-wrote a paper on the Missile Technology Control Regime. She researched voting records of Senate Foreign Relations Committee members on firearms issues. She edited a paper written by Ivan Oelrich entitled “Missions for Nuclear Weapons After the Cold War.” She updated the Arms Sales Monitoring Project Bills and Public Laws webpage, and updated ASMP database on Notifications to Congress of Pending U.S. Arms Transfers.
She has attended numerous meetings, including a briefing on the Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, a Defense Security Cooperation Agency conference, a Defense Trade Advisory Group meeting at the State Department, a “Control Arms” campaign meeting sponsored by Amnesty International and Oxfam, a CITS Briefing “The Missile Technology Control Regime and Multilateral Export Control Reform: A Briefing by Ambassador Mariusz Handzlik, recent MTCR Chairman,” a Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee meeting, and a House Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, hearing on “Nonproliferation: Assessing Missile Technology Export Controls,” and an Organization of American States panel on “Arms, Drugs, and Terrorism in the Western Hemisphere,”and Arms Transfer Working Group meetings. Recently, she attended a House Bi-Partisan Task Force on Non-proliferation panel, the New America Foundation book forum on America’s Empire Problem, a Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation briefing “Pakistan and the Nuclear Supermarket: Assessing the Damage,” represented FAS at a booth at the American Association for the Advancement of Science fair, and attended their Vision 2033 Conference.
Current Activities: Chankin-Gould received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2015. Her fields of study were International Security Studies and International Law. Her PhD dissertation, “Targeting Armed Violence: Implications of Localized Efforts to Control Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse in the Former Yugoslavia” explained the causes and consequences of small arms proliferation and misuse, and examine the potential of initiatives designed to mitigate the threat. It involved examining case studies of UNDP small arms control assistance programs in the former Yugoslavia (specifically, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo). Her Master’s thesis was titled “Weapons of Individual Destruction: Understanding and Addressing the Small Arms Threat.” In summer 2007 she worked as an intern on the International Affairs and Trade team of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She previously worked at CACI as a Document Management Analyst for DOE’s Yucca Mountain Project as a Research Assistant in the Center for Defense Information’s Challenging Conventional Threats Project, and as a Research Assistant at FAS following the completion of her fellowship there.