Ari Tolany is the U.S Program Officer at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), where she focuses on civilian protection and security assistance. Prior to joining CIVIC, Ari was a Herbert J. Scoville Peace Fellow at the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, where she designed simulations assessing nuclear and conventional escalation risks in South Asia. She has also served as a Brumley Fellow in State Fragility at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, where she studied how legal reforms shaped political violence in late colonial India. Ari is an Emerging Expert with the Forum on the Arms Trade and was a 2019 Farsi/Dari Critical Language Scholar in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She received an M.A in Middle Eastern Studies and a B.A in International Relations and Global Studies with a Persian minor, both with high honors from the University of Texas.