John Ramming Chappell is an Advisor on legal and policy issues in CIVIC’s US Program, where he engages with US policymakers and advocates to enhance the protection of civilians in conflict. His work focuses on US law and policy related to civilian harm, arms sales, and security assistance. John regularly writes for leading policy publications, and his commentary has appeared in New York Times, CNN, NPR, Politico, and other media outlets.

Prior to joining CIVIC, John worked at think tanks and foreign policy advocacy organizations. He also previously worked as a political organizer in Mississippi, where he led initiatives related to voting rights, racial justice, and electoral politics.

John holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service, with distinction, from Georgetown University and a BA in International Studies and Arabic, summa cum laude, from University of Mississippi. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is recognized as an Expert by the Forum on the Arms Trade. John speaks Arabic.