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 will open in May for a start date in September 2015. Please click HERE for instructions on how to apply.

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. Guanpei MING (PRC) 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.

Previous Vasey Fellows:

Ms. Nanae YAMASHIRO (JPN) was the 2013-2014 Vasey Fellow. 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. 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. 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. She conducted research into Australian security policy options in Northeast Asia. She holds a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University: her dissertation examined South Korean responses to inter-Korean relations, with a special focus North Korean human rights and the role of civil society. Danielle has travelled to Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington DC. Her book, Contentious Activism and inter-Korean relations, will be published with Columbia University Press in 2012.

Ms. Yang YI (PRC) was the 2011-2012 Vasey fellow. She was a research associate at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University and research assistant at the East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, respectively. She pursued her BA in China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing and received two MA degrees in strategic studies and applied science in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interest includes the social media and political participation, international politics in China and China foreign policy.

Ms. Luxi ZHOU (PRC) was the 2010-2011 Vasey fellow. She received her MA in international trade policy from Monterey Institute of International Studies where her academic focuses are international trade regime studies, US-China trade relations and economic integrations in Asia Pacific. She obtained her BA in economics from Renmin University of China with a specialization in international economics. While at Pacific Forum, Ms. Zhou worked on the strategic implications of China’s investment in the US.

Mr. Fergus HANSON (AUS) was the 2010-2011 Vasey fellow. He holds an MA in international law from the University of Sydney. His published thesis focused on regional stability in the Pacific. He worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 2004 to 2007. From 2005 to 2007 he served at the Australian Embassy in The Hague where he was responsible for Australia’s relations with five international legal organisations and domestic political issues. Prior to joining DFAT, Mr. Hanson was a fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law. Fergus has also studied at Uppsala and Fribourg universities. Fergus is the Director of the annual Lowy Poll.

Mr. Kei KOGA (JPN) was the 2009-2010 Vasey fellow. Mr. Koga was a RSIS-MacArthur visiting associate fellow at S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, and a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research interests include international relations theory, international institutions, international security, terrorism, East Asian regionalism, US-Japan relations, and ASEAN. Before attending Fletcher, he served as a research fellow at the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR) and as assistant executive secretary at the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC), where he researched political and security cooperation in East Asia on traditional and nontraditional security issues. He also taught international relations and East Asian security at the Open University of Japan. He received an MA in international affairs at the Elliott School of international affairs, George Washington University, and a BA in international affairs at Lewis & Clark College.

Ms. Nadezda A. LARSEN (RUS) was a 2009 Vasey fellow. Nadezda holds an MA in international policy studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies, where her specialization was security/terrorism studies. She also has a BA in international studies with Cum Laude Honors from Monterey Institute of International Studies and BA in teaching foreign languages from Karelian State Pedagogical University Russia. She has currently worked on the 2008 Nuclear Posture Review Project for Monterey Institute Terrorism Research and Education Program Center, the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Washington DC and General Dynamics Company requested by US Congress. Areas of her expertise are Ideological Extremism and Terrorism in Europe, Central Asia and Northern Caucasus Chemical and Nuclear WMD; Eurasian Internal and Foreign Affairs; Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. Her research project as a Vasey fellow was Nuclear Security in the Russian Far East.

Ms. Young Jin YANG (ROK) was a 2009 Vasey fellow and the first Kelly fellow. She received her BA in international relations from Mount Holyoke College and her MA in international studies from the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University. Ms. Yang has previously interned with the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, South Korea. Her research interests include the US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, South Korea-Japan relations, and Japanese politics.

Ms. Thuy Trang PHAM (VNM) was a 2009 Vasey Fellow, and Pacific Forum’s first Vasey Fellow from Vietnam. She received a BA in international economics at the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2006. Ms. Trang worked as an official at Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her research interests include US and Asia countries relations, especially US - China - ASEAN trilateral cooperation.

Ms. Shiuan-ju CHEN (ROC) was a 2008 Vasey fellow. She received her BA in political science from National Taiwan University in 2005 and her MA in international affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2007. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Ms. Chen interned with CSIS in Washington, DC and the Institute for National Policy Research in Taiwan. Her research interests include Taiwan domestic politics, China’s transition, and cross-Strait relations.

Ms. Tomoko TSUNODA (JPN) was a 2008 Vasey fellow. She was an intern at CSIS in Washington, DC researching space policy in Asia and assisted the Global Space Development Summit which was held in Beijing in April 2008. Previously, Tomoko worked as a research assistant for Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting in Tokyo and coordinated a project with the United Cities and Local Governments in Barcelona. Tomoko received her Bachelor of Law from Nihon University in 2006 and obtained her Master’s degree from Boston University in 2008.

Ms. Shanshan MEI (PRC) was a 2008 Vasey fellow. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree at the School of International Service of American University in Washington DC. She gained both her bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and master’s degree in international relations from China Foreign Affairs University. She was also a student fellow of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii from 2006-2007. Her research interest is in China’s domestic politics and foreign policy, security studies, and China-US-Japan relations.

Ms. Jiyon SHIN (ROK) was the 2007-2008 Vasey fellow. As an undergraduate at Ewha Women’s University, she specialized in international studies, minored in Korean studies, and focused on diplomacy and security in Northeast Asia. She worked extensively with the Korean University Students’ Politics & Diplomacy Research Association on issues pertaining to the ROK-US alliance and anti-American sentiment among the ROK’s younger generation.

Mr. Junbeom PYON (ROK)  was the 2006-2007 Vasey fellow. He did graduate studies in international relations at Waseda University in Tokyo and received his MA in government and a BA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Pyon interned in the Office of the Under Secretary General at the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs, at the Brookings Institution, the Korean Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Seoul-based Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.

Mr. Qinghong WANG (PRC) was the 2006-2007 Vasey fellow. Wang is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He received his BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing University in 1999, and an MA in Chinese studies and an MA in political science both from the University of Hawaii in 2003. Mr. Wang previously worked as a language instructor at UH and the United States Air Force Academy’s Chinese Language Immersion Program at the Japan-American Institute of Management Science.

Ms. Peng Claire BAI (PRC) was the 2005-2006 Vasey fellow. She focused on China’s rise and Northeast Asian security. She worked at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin and The Carter Center in Atlanta. She received her BA in international relations and economics from Peking University, and has studied at Freie Universitaet Berlin. She also completed postgraduate work and teaching at George Washington University.

Ms. Hyun Jung Jo CHOI from Singapore and Korea was a 2005 Vasey fellow. Her work focused on nonproliferation issues, China-Southeast Asia relations, and terrorism in Southeast Asia. She received her MA at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is working in Sovereign Risk Management at Lehman Brothers in New York.

Mr. Lena GAN from Malaysia and Singapore was the 2004-2005 Vasey fellow. She obtained a MA in international relations at the University of Hawaii and an MBA from the Imperial College/University of London.

Mr. Ronald RODRIGUEZ (PHL) was a Vasey fellow during the spring and summer of 2004. Mr. Rodriguez's work focused on maritime security in Southeast Asia. He was a British Council Chevening Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He served as Officer-in-Charge at the Strategic and Security Studies program at the Foreign Service Institute in Manila, and received his BA in political science from Ateneo de Naga University and his MA in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines.

Ms. Ah-Young KIM (ROK) was the 2003 Vasey fellow. Her work focused on US-Korea-China relations, particularly North Korean refugees. Ms. Kim worked as an Associate Expert at the Humanitarian Emergency Branch of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York. She received her MA in international and China studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2002.

Ms. Kazuko HAMADA (JPN)
was a Vasey fellow in 2003 as part of the International Professional Service Semester Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Her research focused on nonproliferation of WMD and Northeast Asian security relations. She received her MA from MIIS in 2004 and a BA from MIIS in 2001. Ms. Hamada worked for the Policy Research Office of Nuclear Non-proliferation Science & Technology Center (NPSTC) at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Her research projects included “Nuclear Nonproliferation Study in Asia,” and “North Korean and Iranian nuclear issues.”

Ms. Yumiko NAKAGAWA (JPN) was the inaugural 2002 Vasey fellow, focusing on Japanese foreign policy. She later interned with the Japanese embassy in Kabul assisting in school reconstruction, and also worked in Cambodia with refugees. Ms. Nakagawa is a 1999 graduate of Doshisha University in Kyoto and was the Nijima Fellow at Amherst College during 2000-2001. She received her MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and currently works at the Highrock Evangelical Church as a director of hospitality.


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