- B.A., University of Georgia 2012, International Affairs
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a degree in International Relations, Caitlin McKibben relocated to New York to intern in the Nonproliferation and National Security Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). During her time in New York, she researched the impact of Free Trade Zones (FTZs) on the effectiveness of strategic trade controls in order to propose solutions to identified weaknesses under the instruction of the Nonproliferation and National Security Department Chair. At the end of her tenure at BNL, she presented her research both at BNL and the National Nuclear Security Administration. In addition to her personal research, McKibben also collaborated with team of BNL staff to construct a database of United Nations Security Council and IAEA documents regarding the Iranian, Syrian, and North Korean nuclear programs for the Safeguards Episodes Project. Her final months at BNL were spent coordinating efforts to publish and advertise the textbook Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards, in addition to editing and formatting the portions of the content.
McKibben returned to the University of Georgia in spring 2014 to enroll in the Masters of International Policy Program. As a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) with the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), she currently assists senior CITS staff members with Kenyan and Pakistani chemical security projects by helping to compile the initial analysis of the chemical security infrastructure in both countries. Her other responsibilities include guest teaching undergraduate students enrolled in the CITS Security Leadership Program on topics including the Chemical Weapons Convention and the IAEA and lecturing to CITS guests at the Security and Strategic Trade Management Academy CITS hosts every semester for foreign government officials. Through her work with CITS and BNL, she has also had the opportunity to attend the International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis Course at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and the Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security Course at BNL in Upton, New York.
Areas of Expertise
- The International Atomic Energy Agency
- The Chemical Weapons Convention
- Strategic trade controls
- Free trade zones
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors
- UGA Honors in Washington Program Scholarship Recipient to Intern in Washington, DC with the Center for International Trade and Security
- UGA Honors International Scholars Program Scholarship Recipient to Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador
- Study Abroad at the University of Oxford, Keble College
- First Student SPIA Convocation Speaker
- The impact of Free Trade Zones (FTZs) on the effectiveness of countries’ strategic trade controls; chemical security legal and regulatory regimes.
- Co-Author, “CARICOM: Working Together Toward Security: A Brief by CITS Security Leadership Fellows – 2011,” Center for International Trade and Security, University of Georgia, September 2011.