Nicole Forrester is director of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum CSIS and concurrently holds a WSD-Handa Fellowship for her research into the impact of social media on Next Generation attitudes toward international issues. She has written on Australian foreign policy, Australia-U.S. relations, and modernizing the U.S. alliance system in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2011, she was awarded the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Fellowship. Previously, Ms. Forrester was the senior international and government relations adviser for the Australian Industry Group. At the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, she served as acting director of the United Nations and Commonwealth Section and as consul for economic and political affairs at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles. Prior to her diplomatic service, Ms. Forrester was an associate lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, where she earned a bachelor of social science and a master of public health.