Douglas Thacher, Circulation Manager and Research
Associate (Major Conventional Weapon Production and Trade)
BA Boston University, MBA Northeastern University
Thacher was been solely responsible for compiling the data
on world navies originally published in the IDDS World
Arms Database (2000), and he has continued to supervise
all research in this area. In addition, he maintains a comprehensive
database, updated monthly, on production and trade contracts
for all types of major weapons worldwide. This information
is used in the Conventional Arms Restraints section of the
Arms Control Reporter, and it is a key source of acquisition
data for annual updates of the IDDS World Arms Database.
Thacher is also the circulation manager for the Arms Control
Reporter and other publications. He began working at IDDS
on a part-time basis in 1988 and has been employed full time
with IDDS since 1995
Matthew Hoey, Research Associate (Missile
Defense and Weaponization of Space)
Hoey is a contributing editor for the Arms Control Reporter,
where he writes on missile defense and space issues; and he
will author a section on these topics in the forthcoming IDDS
publication ArmsWatch. Hoey is also responsible for
several IDDS public relations and marketing projects. Before
joining the IDDS staff, Hoey worked on national, state and
local political campaigns. He also worked in commercial marketing
and volunteered with human rights organizations. He joined
IDDS as an intern in September 2004 and became a Research
Associate in December 2004. Contact: email@example.com
Courtney Stewart, Research Associate (Nuclear
Weapon and Missile Proliferation)
BA Political Science and History, UCLA cum laude
At UCLA Stewart completed two honors theses: “Arsenal of Democracy:
US arms transfers to Sub-Saharan Africa” and “Waking the Sleeping
Bruin: UCLA campus experience during the Vietnam antiwar movement.”
The latter received the Appleby Prize for Best American History
Undergraduate Thesis and earned Highest Honors. Stewart is
a contributing editor for Arms Control Reporter; she
maintains a comprehensive database on worldwide missile programs,
and she will contribute a section on missile proliferation
to the forthcoming IDDS survey ArmsWatch 2005. Stewart
is also a research assistant with the Managing the Atom Project
at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she is currently
working on a forthcoming MTA publication on radiological weapons.
Stewart joined IDDS as an intern in June 2004 and became a
Research Associate in September 2004
Modeline Telfort, Research Associate
(UN fora, CWC, BWC, Landmines, Small Arms, CTBT )
MA Political Science, U Mass Amherst; BA Economics and French,
U Mass Amherst; Diplome Superieur d’Etude Française 3eme degré
(Master’s), French Studies, Université de Haute Normandie,
Telfort is fluent in French as well as her native Haitian-Creole,
and has intermediate level Spanish ability (studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico). She has
taught high school French, and math and English in Gabon (in French).
She was an intern at the University of North Caroline Summer
Nonproliferation Institute (June 2003) before working as anIDDS
intern from July 2003 until July 2004. In August 2004 Telfort
began working as a contributing editor for theIDDS Arms
Control Reporter, where she covers UN arms control fora,
the chemical and biological weapon bans, the landmine ban,
efforts to control small arms and light weapons, and the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty. Telfort will contribute a section on trends
in armaments and military policy in Latin
America to the forthcoming IDDS survey ArmsWatch
Alex Brown, Computer and IT Consultant
After ending a 30-year career in software for distributed
systems and networks in 2001 as a software architect in telecommunications,
Alex Brown is now a student and researcher in geoscience and
remote sensing, cartography and planning, and GIS applications
for development and environment at Clark University. Since
the 1980s Brown has assisted various public interest groups
with computer and network support, has assisted in computer-related
development aid through TecsChange (http://tecschange.org),
He has also organized public education programs through the
Boston Chapter of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology,
a special interest group on technology and policy within the
Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. In 2004–2005
he assisted the ACLU of Massachusetts in preparing public
education programs on issues of telecommunications privacy
and surveillance, and electronic election systems and voting
rights. Since 2001 Brown has served as a volunteer IT staff
person for IDDS, and secretary of the IDDS board. Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 617 308 9456
Ronald Siegel, Military Technology
and Strategy Consultant
BS, MS Massachusetts Institute of Technology
At MIT, Mr Siegel conducted research in the fields of defense
policy and energy policy. This included work on the European
conventional military balance, strategic targeting options,
nuclear winter, nuclear power and weapons proliferation, Soviet
naval forces, and plans for handling an oil import cutoff.
In 1984-85, he was a research associate at the International
Institute for Strategic Studies in London. More recently he
has worked on the foreign policy implications of global warming.
At IDDS, he is the author of two occasional papers: The
Ballistic Missile Programs of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
(2001) and The Artillery Bombardment of Seoul (forthcoming,
Kirsten Waerstad, Graphic Design
Cliffside Park, NJ
BA Auburn University, BS U Alabama, Birmingham; Graphic Design
Certificate, School of Museum of Fine Arts.
In 2002, Ms Waerstad founded Creative Earth, a graphic design
company that creates promotional materials for various community
and non-profit projects, particularly those that increase
their internet capabilities. Before founding CreativeEarth,
she was the Project Manager at Pyramid Digital Solutions,
where she advised on projects related to corporate branding.
Waerstad was also a co-founder and former Executive Vice President
of Captivo, an online PersonalInformation Management system.
Waerstad began volunteering for IDDS to assist with graphic
design projects that include the new logo design, and media
material for the IDDS 2005th anniversary.
Fall Interns September-November 2005
Boston University senior, majoring in International Relations
and Political Science. Studied abroad in Buenos Aires,
Argentina in Fall 2004. Held internships with the The National
Coalition for Haitian Rights, Social Accountability
International, WorldBoston, and for District Office of US
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Newark, NJ.
College Social Anthropology (Honors) student. Nguy is a native
Cantonese speaker, and speaks fluent Spanish.
Momoko Sato, Huntington
Boston University senior majoring in
History, Political Science, and International Relations. Studied
abroad at St. Anne's College, University
of Oxford, England in Fall 2004. Sato has interned with the
Office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein
(DC), and Oxfam America. Speaks intermediate Japanese.
Sara Wasserteil, Boston, MA
Boston University, International
Relations major, with a regional track of Middle East and
African Studies, and a foreign policy
and security studies functional track. Interned with Human
Rights First (NY),and the Office of Massachusetts State
Representative Steven Walsh, Boston. Has limited proficiency
in Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese.
David Zikusoka, Princeton Junction, NJ
Harvard College Undergraduate. Took a
year off to work as the education director at a Boys &
Girls Club. Speaks intermediate Spanish, Luganda and
Lusoga. Began internship at IDDS in summer
Summer Interns June-August 2005
Gayle Argon, Wynnewood, PA
Undergraduate, majoring in Political Science with a concentration
in International Relations. She is a fellow of the Foundation
for Defense of Democracies and knows intermediate French and
David Berenbaum, Ambler, PA
Duke University Undergraduate, majoring in Political science
with an interest in foreign affairs. Has
experienced the tensions between Japan and China by studying abroad, contributing
to his Japanese language skills and his interests in the politics
Chris Bragg, Denver, Colorado
Duke University Graduate, majoring in Political Science and
pursuing a career in journalism. Has taken
classes on Chinese Politics and Democratization
in Asia as well as traveling to Southeast Asia and learning to appreciate
the foreign cultures found there.
Tristan Clerihew, Pittsford
Graduate at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy,
received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from SienaCollege.
While interning for Campus Action he worked on the Urgent
Call petition and wrote an article for their web site.
Michael Di Marco, Wyckoff, NJ
in U.S. Representative Steve Rothman’s office and for the
Fund for Public Interest Research.
Duke University Undergraduate pursuing degrees in International
Relations and Public Policy. He has
Zachary Klein, Maplewood, NJ
Tufts University Undergraduate, majoring in Political Science.
Has taken many classes concerning International Relations,
and maintains a positive interest in doing research on weapons
programs in Northeast Asia.
Juan Miguel Maldonado, Woodbridge, NJ
Undergraduate at Boston College,
majoring in Political studies with a minor in International
Studies. Born in Peru, he immigrated to the US
and has been excitedly pursuing his interest in current global
issues involving the Middle East, Central Eurasia,
Northern Ireland, and Palestine.
Penelope Simmons, Atlanta, GA
Simmons a master's in international relations from the Georgia
Tech University in 2005. She is currently working in the Office
of the Governor of Georgia.
June 2004-May 2005
Rachel Acheson, Toronto, Canada
of Toronto Graduate, Peace
and Conflict Studies. Acheson was a summer 2004 intern.
Benjamin Aronson, Chestnut Hill,
Brown University Undergraduate,
International Relations. He knows beginning Spanish, has advanced
Latin skills, and participates in extracurricular and volunteer
activities. Aronson was a summer 2004 intern.
Georgia Tech. Graduate,
International Relations and Public Policy. He knows
beginning Russian. Bowman was a summer 2004 intern.
Kathryn E Britton, North Attleboro, MA
B.A. International Relations, George Washington. Fluent in
Spanish, worked with La Raza in Washington, DC. Britton began her IDDS
internship in February 2005.
Adrienne L Buckman, Bismark, ND
Tufts University Graduate, International
Relations. She is fluent in Spanish, has spent her junior
year in London, and is on the Dean’s
list. Buckman has been an intern since fall 2004.
Amie Sunghee Chang, Arcadia, CA
Boston College Graduate, Political
Science with International Studies minor. Fluent in Korean
and Mandarin Chinese, Institute of International Public Policy
five-year fellowship, junior year in China (Beijing and Shanghai)
supported by Institute of International Education Scholarship.
Previous fellowships with U. Maryland Leadership
Institute and the Clark Atlanta University of Public Policy
Institute. Chang has been an intern since fall 2004.
Christoper Conroy, Situate, MA
Conroy will join the Peace Corps following his IDDS internship.
Conroy began his IDDS internship in February 2005.
North Bethesda, MD
Tufts University Graduate, International
Relations and Spanish. She spent a full emersion semester
abroad in Madrid, Spain in spring 2004.
Folk previously interned at the US Institute of Peace under
Dr. Michael Dziedzic during the summers of 2003 and 2004.
Since interning at IDDS in spring 2004, she has pursued a
Paralegal position before attending law school.
Jill Friedman, Denver, CO
Finishing Tufts University, International
Relations. Fluent in Spanish, does many extracurricular
activities. Friedman began her IDDS internship in September
Nathalie Hammink, Baltimore, MD
Brown University Graduate, International Relations, fluent
in French, did a summer study in Paris
(‘03) and Spain (‘02), went to high school in Tel Aviv, intern
with Bat Shalom. Hammink was a summer 2004 intern.
Paul Heroux, MA
B.A. Psychology University of Southern California; MS Criminology
University of Pennsylvania; MS Criminology (May 2005). Residency
and work experience in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking, writing and reading Arabic proficiency. Heroux was
a summer 2004 intern.
Eydritt Joensen, Faero Islands, (Denmark)
University of Southampton (UK) B.A., Politics
and International Relations. She is fluent in Danish, German,
Spanish, and spend summer 2003 as volunteer in Ecuador. Joesen was
a summer 2004 intern. Since interning at IDDS Joensen has
worked toward her MA in International Relations in the UK.
Akbar Khalid, Mumbai, India
B.A. International Studies, Boston College. His extracurricular
activities have included an internship with Congressman Scott
Garrett (R-NJ), (summer ‘04), Action for Good Governance and
Networking in India (summer ‘03).
Khalid began his IDDS internship in February 2005.
Eric D. Koch, Newton, MA
University Graduate, International
Relations. Previous internships include: the Embassy of Cyprus,
Voting Rights Commission DNC, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA).
He has also worked as a Staff Writer and Editorial Assistant
at the Jewish Institute for National Security Analysis. He
has a German-Greek family background and is knowledgeable
on Greek-Turkish relations. Koch was a summer 2004 intern.
Stephanie Levinsky, Easton, MA
Boston University Graduate, International
Relations. Since interning at IDDS, Levinsky has spent her
senior year in Israel. She is knowledgeable
in Middle Eastern Studies, and has reading and conversational
knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew. Levinsky was a summer 2004
Simona Marlow, Miami, FL
B.A. Political Science and International Affairs, University of Miami. Fluent in Italian, Spanish, French; and basic Chinese
and Arabic. Participated in ISODARCO (International
School on Disarmament
and Research on Conflicts), in January 2005, in Andalo, Italy. Marlow began
her IDDS internship in February 2005.
Elise Moussa, Chestnut
B.A. Political Science and International Studies, Boston College.
Fluent in Arabic, Spanish, and French.
Since interning at IDDS she was preparing for the NASD exams
to become a financial advisor for American Express, Waltham office. Moussa was
a fall 2004 IDDS intern.
Seth Purcell, Hingham, MA
Tufts University Graduate, Political
Science. He is on the Dean’s List, a National Honors Society
Member, National Latin Exam scholar, and participates in numerous
extracurricular activities. Purcell began his IDDS internship
in the summer of 2004.
Adam Shoop, Chicago,
Graduate, Political Science. His extracurricular activities
include Kent State archive and Fair
Trade activities. Shoop was a summer 2004 intern.
Taro Tsuda, Shrewsbury, MA
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Undergraduate
(on leave academic year 2004-2005), International Politics,
3.95 GPA. He has a part-time editorial internship at the Atlantic
Monthly. His previous internships include: the Office of Senator
Edward M Kennedy (DC, Boston);
the Office of Congressman James P McGovern (DC); and a research
assistantship at Harvard University’s Program on
US-Japan Relations. He is currently working as a consultant
at IDDS. His research interests include international relations
theory and security, focused on East Asia and Japan. Speaks in French, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Tsuda began his IDDS internship in the fall of 2004.
Matthew York, Everett, MA
B.A. Political Science, concentration in international
Between January-May 2003 he studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. York was
a summer 2004 intern. Since his IDDS experience he has become
an Administrative Assistant at the Massachusetts Department
of Public Health-Bioterrorism Preparedness Program.