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

Seth Binder

Program Manager and Research Associate, Security Assistance Monitor

Seth Binder is CIP's Program Manager and Research Associate for the Security Assistance Monitor program where he focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining CIP, Seth worked as a Policy Assistant at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). He is the co-author of “The Moroccan Spring and King Mohammed VI’s Economic Policy Agenda: Evaluating the First Dozen Years,” a chapter in The Birth of the Arab Citizen and the Changing of the Middle East and has been quoted and published in numerous publications. He received his Master's degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School in International Relations with an Advanced Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies and his Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College.

PHONE: (202) 232-3317 EXT. 109
TWITTER: @seth_binder



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 3Liam Burnside


Liam is a graduate student at the University of Kansas in the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies where he specializes in Political Science. He has a bachelor’s in Psychology and French/ Francophone Studies from Baker University. He recently returned to the U.S. after a year-long stay in Moscow, RF where he studied at the Higher School of Economics, conducting research concerning soft law violations and mechanisms of human rights protections, and also worked as a business consultant at Hudson Group. His graduate research focuses on arms trade between Russia and the West, specifically focusing on the political and military relationship between Russia and France. He is also interested in African political theory and the democratization of post-colonial North Africa.



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Robert received his Master’s degree from University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies in Colorado, and his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from DePauw University. His graduate research focused on political Islam, and politics in the Middle East & North Africa, and he also conducted research on correlations between arms imports/exports and conflict. His interests include environmental & human security, restorative justice, political theory, and natural rights philosophy. In his free time he enjoys backcountry skiing, soccer, bouldering, and playing jazz piano.



andrewHannah Ousterman 


Hannah is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in Globalization and Conflict in the Middle East. She also studies Arabic and human rights issues in the Middle East. Her research interests include US foreign policy in Syria and Iraq and the political transitions currently taking place in the MENA region. Hannah is also passionate about the anti-human trafficking movement and is involved in grassroots efforts to educate students and community members in the Berkeley area about the issue. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and cooking.