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Sumaya Malas

Scoville Fellow

Sumaya is a 2019 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow working on nuclear policy, international security, and arms control at WAND. She graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in International Relations, Comparative Cultures and Politics, and Arabic with a minor in Muslim Studies. Sumaya was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, and her family is originally from Damascus, Syria. She has conducted research on U.S. foreign policy and armed conflict in the Middle East, authoritarian states, international development, and global governance. In addition to working at the United Nations Population Fund in New York City and as a field translator in Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, Sumaya has traveled to Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon, and Jerusalem to understand conflict-resolution and peace-building efforts. She is interested in analyzing conditions that precede conflict and other aggravators in order to pursue solutions to armed conflict and nuclear proliferation. 


Conflict prevention/resolution

International security

Global governance

MENA regional security and economics

Cultural theory

Gender and violent conflict

Refugee and peace studies

U.S. foreign policy


November 21, 2019

Candidates Take an Anti-Status Quo Stance on Defense

Recent surveys of potential Democratic nominees ahead of tonight’s debate show that many agree on a perspective long treated as a taboo in Washington: We spend too much money on the Pentagon. 

October 24, 2019

Drawing Down Troops has a Human Cost

It is imperative that the US employs diplomatic resolutions and renews humanitarian assistance to stymie the effects of this abrupt troop withdrawal without exacerbating the perpetual state of conflict.

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