About Our Experts and Interns




Christina Arabia


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.

PHONE: (202) 232-3317 EXT. 112   


Elias Yousif

Program and Research Associate

Elias joins CIP with several years of experience in foreign affairs research and human rights advocacy. He was previously with the Atlantic Council as part of their external relations team. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a Campaigns and Research Officer with Crisis Action, an international civilian protection advocacy organization. While with Crisis Action, based both in Beirut, Lebanon, and Washington D.C., Elias provided in-depth research and analysis to a global coalition of civil society organizations campaigning for civilian protection in South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. He holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from American University, with a focus on Middle East politics and U.S. foreign policy.
PHONE: (202) 232-3317 EXT. 113

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Amal Farooq


Amal Farooq is a rising senior at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Amal is pursuing an International Affairs major with a concentration in International Security and Conflict and a minor in Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations. Prior to joining CIP, she worked on long-term research projects analyzing British influence in the lead up to the 1947 partition of Pakistan and India and the impact of environmental factors in shaping the modern Middle East. Amal's research interests include conflict in the Middle East, counterterrorism, national security, and human rights.





Maftuna Saidova


Maftuna is a senior at the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary studies where she focuses on international relations and human rights. Previously, Maftuna worked with the Global Justice Center, a non profit international law organization, where she conducted research on Cambodia with a focus on the effectiveness of transitional justice processes and human rights. Maftuna is also a scholar of the Skadden Arps Honors program in Legal studies at the City College of New York. Her research interests include the former Soviet Union states, countering transnational crimes, and democratic development. 



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Daniela Pereira Salas


Daniela is a senior at Calvin Collefe in Grand Rapids, MI. She is majoring in International Relations with a focus on Peace, Conflict, and Diplomacy. In addition, Daniela is double majoring in Business and Economics with a pre-law concentration. Daniela previously worked as a research assistant with a focus on international security order and transnational terrorism. Originally from Costa Rica, Daniela is also very interested in Latin American politics and development.