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 3Taner Bertuna


Taner is a recent graduate from Cornell University where he studied government with a focus on international relations. He is interested in terrorism and counterterrorism in the Near East and North Africa, paying specific attention to the developing situation in Turkey. He previously was an intern at the World Health Organization where he worked with the Global Hepatitis Program to help align existing national hepatitis plans with WHO’s new Global Health Sector Strategy on Hepatitis. In his free time he enjoys sailing, traveling, and keeping up to date with his favorite New England sports teams.






robert 1Robert Watson


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.



andrewAndrew Smith 


Andrew is currently pursuing a graduate degree at American University in African Political Economy and has a triple Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics, and International Studies from the University of Utah. The mineral trade in the Great Lakes Region of central Africa and its related conflicts is his primary focus. He is also interested in how socio-economic circumstances, political and economic disenfranchisement, and foreign involvement cause conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.