Vasey Fellowship

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Vasey Fellows

The Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship Program provides great opportunity to the community of young, promising Asian scholars to develop hands-on expertise in U.S.-Asia policy issues.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Resident Vasey Fellowship are now closed and will reopen in 2016.

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Description of the Vasey Fellowship Program

The duration of the Fellowship is between three and twelve months, and is expected to be full time (35 hours per week). Applicants may choose to spend a semester, a summer, or up to twelve months as a Vasey Fellow depending upon the applicant’s interests and goals. Pacific Forum can accommodate one Fellow at a time, and will select the Vasey Fellow depending on the match of interests. Fellows will live and work in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pacific Forum will provide a modest cost-of-living stipend of $2,000 per month, but otherwise Fellows must be able to cover their own transportation costs and living expenses. Fellows will spend approximately 50-60% of the time on a self-directed research project (with guidance from Pacific Forum senior staff), which should culminate as a monograph published in the Pacific Forum Issues and Insights series. The remainder of the time will be spent on research supporting Pacific Forum programs, activities, and senior staff research.

Duties and responsibilities of the Vasey Fellow

  • Conduct independent research aimed at producing a publishable monograph.
  • Assist and participate in Pacific Forum conferences and Hawaii-based workshops and seminars.
  • Screen international media for articles relating to nuclear energy transparency.
  • Conduct research for Comparative Connections.
  • Conduct research for senior staff on various economic, political, and security issues as may arise.


Current Vasey Fellow:

Ms. Maile Z. PLAN (USA) is researching East Asian Security issues, including maritime security in Southeast Asia, Chinese foreign and military policy, nuclear deterrence, and the arms industry. She earned her MA in security studies from Georgetown University where she focused on Chinese security and East Asian regional issues (including study abroad in Taiwan). Previously, Ms. Plan worked as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Daniel K. Inouye in their Washington, D.C. offices where she contributed to the foreign relations, defense, energy, and trade policy issue areas. She also studied abroad in Beijing while pursuing her bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from Whitman College.

Previous Vasey Fellows:

Ms. Guanpei MING (PRC) was the 2014-2015 Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She specializes in international relations and Chinese foreign policy. Her dissertation research deals with Chinese territorial governance of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. Guanpei received a BA in English and Economics from the Nanchang University of Aeronautics, an MA in International Politics from Peking University, and an MBA from the Seoul School of Integrated Science and Technologies. Guanpei’s research has been funded by the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation, the University of Hawaii Foundation, and the Calebe Foundation. Guanpei is also a graduate of the Middlebury College Hebrew Language School, where she was a Kathryn Davis Fellow and learned to speak Hebrew.

Ms. Nanae YAMASHIRO (JPN) was the 2013-2014 Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. Nanae is a PhD candidate in international public policy at the University of Tsukuba. She has been a visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies. Yamashiro focuses on analyzing the US presence in Okinawa with a focus on the base management process by both the US and Japanese governments. She received her MA in international political economy and BA in international relations from the University of Tsukuba.

Ms. Yujing SHENTU (PRC) was the 2012-2013 Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. She is a PhD candidate in the political science department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research interests include Asia Pacific regional cooperation, civil society reform, and democratic governance. She studied international relations at the International Relations Institute of the PLA, Nanjing. She was resident director coordinating an effective cross-cultural study system for teaching and administrative affairs for the China Center of Global College, Long Island University and the Zhejiang University International Program. Yujing holds an MA in international trade and finance from the Department of Business and Law at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Dr. Ryo HINATA-YAMAGUCHI (JPN) was the 2012-2013 Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. He is a security/defense analyst from Saku, Japan. Ryo specializes in defense planning, military balance in the Asia-Pacific and Korean affairs. Ryo is also a Sergeant First Class in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Reserve Component and a Security Analyst affiliated to the FM Bird Entertainment Agency Scholar Project in Tokyo. Ryo received his PhD from University of New South Wales - Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy), where he wrote his dissertation on North Korea's military capability management. Ryo was also a recipient of the Korea Foundation Language Training Fellowship, and obtained his MA in Strategic Studies and a BA in Security Analysis (Asia-Pacific) from the Australian National University. Ryo is a native speaker of Japanese and English, as well as having fluent command of Korean and also some knowledge of Chinese and Malay.

Ms. Danielle CHUBB (AUS) was the 2011-2012 Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. During her Fellowship, she conducted research into Australian security policy options in Northeast Asia. Danielle received her PhD in International Relations from The Australian National University (2010) and is currently Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University in Melbourne. Danielle’s main research interests are the policy dynamics of the Korean peninsula, the role of non-traditional actors in security arenas, and Australian foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. Her most recent book, Contentious activism and inter-Korean relations, was published in February 2014 with Columbia University Press.


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