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.  




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Claire is a graduate student at George Washington University in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where she is focusing in national security and foreign policy. She received her bachelor’s degree in comparative politics from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include US national security and technology, spheres of influence in post-Soviet Russia, and regime change and stability.







Breanna Heilicher


Breanna is presently a student at Georgetown University Law Center in the midst of obtaining her LL.M. in National Security Law, with an interest in the Laws of Armed Conflict and Weapons of Mass Destruction. She is also a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota. Prior to moving to D.C., Breanna was a dual-degree student and earned her Juris Doctor at Valparaiso University Law School and her Master's in Chinese Studies at Valparaiso University. Breanna's J.D. focus was on International and Criminal Law, whereas her M.A. research focused on China's Drug Laws and the Tokyo Tribunals. Breanna holds her Bachelor's degrees in East Asian Studies and Chinese Language from Wittenberg University.