Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Scoville Fellows serve with one of the twenty-five participating public-interest organizations, including the Stimson Center. They may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and advocacy on a range of security issues, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, non-proliferation, missile defense, weapons trade, and peacekeeping, that support the goals of their host organization, and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings and Congressional hearings. Benefits include a stipend, health insurance and travel to Washington, DC. 

For complete details, see http://www.scoville.org or call (202) 543-4100 x124.

Scoville Fellows at Stimson

The Stimson Center is proud to have hosted numerous Scoville Fellows over the years.

Jesse Marks, Scoville ‘17 – Stimson Center, South Asia Program
Jesse Marks is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow in Residence at the Center for Strategic Studies, based in Amman, Jordan. He is researching Syrian refugee intentions for eventual return to Syria and varying push/pull impacting their decisions to return. Jesse is an analyst on US-Middle East foreign policy and researches researches civilian protection, stabilization, and peace-building in the Middle East. Jesse received the prestigious a David L. Boren Scholar in 2015 to Jordan for Arabic and the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship with the Stimson Center.

Hannah Haegeland, Scoville ‘15 – Stimson Center, South Asia Program
Hannah Haegeland was a Research Analyst in Stimson’s South Asia Program working on nuclear security, crisis escalation and management, and regional politics. She originally joined Stimson as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in 2015. Prior to that Haegeland worked for the National Bureau of Asian Research on their Strategic Asia and Asia Policy publications.

Previously she was a Boren Fellow at an Indian trust called no man’s land, and a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal. Haegeland completed her M.A. in South Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. At UW, Haegeland was a Gorton International Policy Center Global Leaders Fellow, Conlon Fellow, and four-time winner of U.S. Department of Education’s FLAS Fellowship for Urdu and Hindi. She holds a B.A. in history and English literature from Concordia College, Moorhead.

She has published analysis in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Arms Control Wonk, The Daily O, and The Diplomat. Most recently, Hannah co-edited Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics and Trajectories.

James McKeon, Scoville ’14 – Stimson Center, Managing Across Boundaries (MAB) Initiative
James is currently a Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. His work focuses on arms control, non-proliferation, nuclear threat reduction, the defense budget, and other related policy areas.

Shane Mason, Scoville ‘14 – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Shane Mason worked as a Research Associate at the Stimson Center in the South Asia Program, conducting research on defense budgets, nonproliferation, and deterrence in India and Pakistan. He has authored and co-authored a number of articles for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.

Currently, Mason is a Senior Market Analyst at Avascent.

Audrey Williams, Scoville ’13 – Stimson Center, Managing Across Boundaries (MAB) Initiative
She is currently a Program Coordinator at the Turkish Heritage Organization, where she draws on her experiences living and working in Turkey to help strengthen U.S.-Turkey relations.

Que’Nique Newbill, Scoville ‘12 – Stimson Center, Middle East Research Analyst
Newbill earned his J.D. from Columbia University, where he focused his legal studies on both international and domestic issues. He was previously a Fulbright Program Assistant at Amid-East Fulbright Division, where he administered the Fulbright Foreign Student program on behalf of the Department of State.

Robert Taj Moore, Scoville ‘11- Stimson Center, Nonproliferation & Middle East Security
Moore is an Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he is a member of the Privacy & Data Security and Global Risk & Crisis Management Groups. He previously served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Stuart J. Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Nathan Cohn, Scoville ’10 – Stimson Center, South Asia Program
Cohn writes for The Upshot, a New York Times website with analysis and data visualizations about politics, policy and everyday life.

After his fellowship he was hired on as a research assistant at Stimson, continuing the work he did on nuclear stability in South Asia during his fellowship. While at Stimson, he co-wrote a report on the nuclear weapons budget that was cited in the Washington Post.

Jessica Anderson, Scoville ’09 – Stimson Center, UN Peace Operations
Jessica is a PhD candidate in political science at the George Washington University where she is completing her dissertation on international aid in Somaliland. She has been conducting research and designing, implementing, and assessing aid programs in Sub-Saharan Africa for over a decade.

At Stimson she focused her research on peace operations and security sector reform. She has produced journal articles, book chapters, and reports on conflict and post-conflict aid behavior.

Rebecca Bornstein, Scoville ‘08— Stimson Center, Nuclear Weapons in International Security Program
Bornstein is currently the Director of External Relations at Mitvim — the Institute for Regional Foreign Policies in Israel. She write’s Mitvim’s monthly report on U.S. Middle East Policy, and the trends that influence U.S. policy towards the region, with a specific focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Syria and Iran.

After her fellowship, she was hired as a research fellow with the Stimson Center, continuing her research and writing on nuclear disarmament treaties. Her collaborative work with the Stimson team was used by Global Zero’s nuclear disarmament project. Her research resulted in the chapter “Enforcing a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty” in the Stimson publication Elements of a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty (2010).

Alex Stolar, Scoville ‘07- Stimson Center, South Asia Program
Stolar is currently Acting Team Chief of the Biosecurity Engagement Program at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction. He leads and coaches a team of Program Officers supporting the implementation of a $37 million biological threat reduction assistance program.

While at Stimson, Stolar authored multiple Op-Eds, including, “What Legacy Will Musharraf Leave?”, “The Implications of Unrest in Pakistan for Nuclear Security” and a report entitled, To The Brink: Indian Decision-Making and the 2001-2002 Standoff.

Alex Bollfrass, Scoville ‘07- Arms Control Association
He is currently a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center and a Ph.D candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, working on a dissertation on intelligence assessments of nuclear weapons programs.

He has co-edited two books on the technical and political obstacles to nuclear disarmament, is the co-author of two forthcoming scientific papers on the implications of climate change for human conflict, and his writing has appeared in the Washington Post and CNN among others.

Amy Buenning Sturm, Scoville ’06 – Stimson Center, South Asia Program
Sturm worked on the Southwest Asia Regional Security Project as an assistant to Ellen Laipson, former President and CEO of the Stimson Center. She served as the coordinator for the editing of the book Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences. She researched and authored “Edging Towards Reform: Kuwait’s Security Sector” and “The Challenge of Holding Iraq Together” for Stimson. She was also a contributing writer and editor for a joint Army-Stimson report, “Security Sector Reform in the Gulf,” a publication for the U.S. Army’s Eisenhower National Security Series.

Victoria Johnson, Scoville ’05 – Stimson Center, Cooperative Threat Reduction Project
Johnson is founder and Director of ProFellow and the International Fellows Network, a 1000+ member organization of current and former fellows globally. ProFellow is the leading online resource for information on professional and academic fellowships.

At Stimson, Johnson contributed research for the Pathogens for Peace Initiative to convert from bioweapons facilities in the former Soviet Union to vaccine production facilities for the developing world.

Toby Berkman, Scoville ’04 – Stimson Center, Future of Peace Operations Program
Berkman is an associate at Jenener & Block LLP.

At Stimson, Berkman researched practical solutions to improve international peace operations and post-conflict reconstruction worldwide. He co-authored two Stimson reports that were published in Fall 2006, Who Should Keep the Peace? Providing Security for 21st Century Peace Operations and The Impossible Mandate? Military Preparedness, the Responsibility to Protect, and the Modern Peace Operations.

Jonathan Davis, Scoville ’02 – Stimson Center, East Asia
Davis is an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department. He works in the Office of Political-Military Affairs covering a range of issues regarding the use of force, war powers and the laws of war.

At Stimson Davis covered the transfer of technology from American and European companies to China and its implications for national security and proliferation. He worked on a project entitled “Foreign High-Tech R&D in China,” providing background research, collecting data and writing sections of the project report. He co-wrote “Risking a Repeat: Export Controls and Post-Conflict in Iraq,” on the need to consider export controls for trade with a post-Saddam Iraqi regime.

Eva Blaszczynski, Scoville ’01 – Stimson Center, European Security and UN Peace Operations
Blaszczynski is a Senior Analyst within the custom research unit of the Economist Intelligence Unit. Her major focuses include country analysis, market intelligence, and political and economic risk analysis.

At Stimson she worked on three separate projects: a study of the EU’s efforts to coordinate the policies of the respective member states on arms control and nonproliferation; an annual conference on “U,S. And European Export Controls,” co-hosted with the German Council on Foreign Relations; and a Congressionally mandated high-level Study Group on Enhancing Multilateral Export Controls for U.S. National Security.

Edward Palmisano, Scoville ’00 – Stimson Center, UN Peace Operations
Palmisano is Director of Government Relations at the University of Sydney.

At Stimson, Palmisano worked with Dr. William Durch on the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations, a comprehensive evaluation of the U.N.’s engagement in peace and security related field mission. He also helped research and write the Report of the Panel on UN Peace Operations. Specifically, he wrote the section of the paper dealing with international law.

Christopher Gagne, Scoville ’99 – Stimson Center, South Asia Program
Gagne is an Associate with Crowell & Morning, LLP in Washington DC. HE works in their Government Contracts and International Trade practice groups.

At Stimson, Gagne covered issues related to the effects of the nuclear tests in India and Pakistan on the non-proliferation regime, as well as confidence building measures in South Asia.

Rachel Stohl, Scoville ’97 – British American Security Information Council, Project on Light Weapons
Scoville alumn, Rachel Stohl, is Vice President of the Stimson Center and directs the Conventional Defense Program. Rachel also sits on the Scoville Board of Directors. Her areas of expertise focus on issues relating to the international arms trade, including drones, small arms and light weapons, and children in armed conflict.

During her fellowship at the British American Security Information Council, Stohl focused on surplus weapons in Central America, and tracked the flow of ammunition to the region. The research resulted in a paper entitled Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Light Weapons Destruction in Central America which she co-wrote. She also attended the U.N. First Committee on disarmament by attending its meetings in New York and she wrote a 42-page report titled, Deadly Rounds: Ammunition and Armed Conflict focusing on ammunition in handguns, rifles and machine guns.

She is co-author of two books, The International Arms Trade (Polity Press, 2009) and The Beginners Guide to the Small Arms Trade (OneWorld Publishing, 2009).

Frances Bourne, Scoville ’97 – Stimson Center, Nuclear Policy Project
Bourne is Chief of Federal Relations at the National Passenger Railroad Corporation where her responsibilities include managing the company’s relationship with Congress and the Administration.

At Stimson, Bourne worked on issues related to landmines and helped put together a resource guide on humanitarian de-mining. She also attended various meetings on nuclear terrorism, and helped publicize a public opinion poll on nuclear weapons in a report titled Public Attitudes on Nuclear Weapons: An Opportunity for Leadership. The poll found broad support for reductions in the nuclear weapons.

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