About Our Experts and Interns


Colby Goodman

Director, Security Assistance Monitor

Colby Goodman is the Director for the Security Assistance Monitor where he leads research and analysis on U.S. foreign security assistance around the world.  Before joining the Security Assistance Monitor, Mr. Goodman was the Deputy Director of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs Regional Center based in Togo, Africa.  In Africa, he helped develop training manuals for Africa security forces and organized diplomatic conferences on a range of conventional arms control issues.  Prior to the UN post, he worked for several civil society organizations as a researcher and advocate covering arms control and security assistance issues in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East and has been widely quoted and published in major U.S. media.  He holds a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies with a focus on security and development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

PHONE: (202) 232-3317 EXT. 113   
TWITTER: @cogoodman




Christina Arabia

Program and Research Associate, Security Assistance Monitor

Prior to joining CIP, Christina was a consultant for a joint project with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) where she co-created and populated an online database of Arms Trade Treaty-related cooperation and assistance activities in sub-Saharan Africa. She also co-authored a SIPRI background paper entitled, “ATT-Related Outreach Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa: Identifying Gaps and Improving Coordination.” Her previous work has focused on arms control mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in Kosovo. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Conflict and Security from the New School in New York City and a Bachelor’s from Seton Hall University.  






taner 3Claire Going


Claire Going is a rising senior at the Pennsylvania State University studying journalism and international studies. Prior to joining the Center for International Policy, she was a digital media intern at Rodale Inc. in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and a communications intern at Spectrum NY1 News in New York City. Claire spent part of her last semester in Israel studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and creating a documentary about the increasing number of women choosing combat roles for their compulsory military service in the IDF. Her interests include investigative journalism, international policy, and women's rights. Claire strives to be a foreign correspondent for a news organization post-graduation.




Hashim Elwazir


Hashim Elwazir is a rising senior at American University pursuing a major in International Studies with a focus on National Security and the Diplomacy. Prior to joining the Center for International Policy he worked at the Yemen Peace Project where he examined the effectiveness of American counterterrorism efforts in Yemen. More recently, Hashim completed a semester studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan. His research interests include counterterrorism policy as well as US - Arab relations both domestically and internationally. 


taner 3Daniel Karp


Daniel Karp is a rising senior studying History and International & Global Studies at Brandeis University. He recently returned from a semester in the Balkans where he researched youth perceptions of Russia, and Russian soft power influences, in the Republika Srpska of Bosnia. His research interests include various topics on the former Yugoslav states, South American politics, ethnic conflict, and the geopolitical objectives behind foreign aid.



Lilia Popova

Lilia Popova is a Fulbright scholar and a Master student of Political Science at the University of Florida. She is focused on the research in International Relations and International Security and specifically, she is interested in U.S-Russia relations. In addition, she studies the development and transition of Post-soviet states and problems of democratization: corruption, human rights, rule of law. Lilia holds her specialist’s degree in Economics and International relations from Russia (Southern Federal University) and starts her Master thesis on Corruption in International Security.