Joyenda yabenda ast
 -Dari Proverb

Literal translation : a seeker a founder is

This proverb means that a seeker is a finder. If you are determined to do something and you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed.


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Darby Arakelian

Darby Arakelian, MS - Fellow

Darby J. Arakelian is an intelligence consultant who has worked in and provided contract support to multiple organizations in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Ms. Arakelian specializes in terrorism and counterterrorism, counterintelligence, communications strategy and analysis, cyber warfare, and automated media monitoring and analysis. A former operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, Ms. Arakelian worked domestically and abroad in a myriad of functions. She previously served as a counterintelligence senior analyst with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, specializing in counterterrorism, force protection, and special access programs. Post government service, Ms. Arakelian was vice president of a business analytics firm, responsible for new business development and project management. This work supported key U.S. Government agencies in the global war on terrorism. In this capacity, she continually bridged the gap between a viable commercial application – media monitoring and predictive automated analysis – and the needs of the U.S. Government in the fight against terrorism. Ms. Arakelian holds a BA in Political Science, Russian, and Economics from the University of Denver, and an MA in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Studies, The George Washington University.

Recent Publications

Arakelian, D. and Farwell, J.  (2014). "China Cyber Charges: Take Beijing to the WTO Instead." National Interest: the Buzz (May 20),

Arakelian, Darby J.  “Al Shabaab and the New Threat we Face,” The National Interest, 05 November 2013.

Arakelian, Darby J. “Strike Syria Now…with cyber attacks,” Defense IQ, 06 September 2013.

Arakelian, Darby J.  “Egypt’s Way Forward,” The National Interest, 15 August 2013.  Also published in Defense IQ, 16 August 2013. . 

Arakelian, Darby J.  “What Does Iran’s Cyber Capability Mean for Future Conflict?” The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Summer / Fall 2013.

Arakelian, Darby J.  “Egypt’s Morsi Strikes Again to Tighten Islamist Control,” Huffington Post, 04 June 2013.