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GRADNAS International Exchange Scholars

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Tommy Chai 

From ANU to USC in January 2024 - April 2024

"The predoctoral exchange has been invaluable experience, granting me critical insights into American IR. It equipped me with essential resources for my dissertation research and immersed me in a diverse intellectual milieu that greatly facilitated my professional and academic growth. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Professor Evelyn Goh for making this program possible, Professor David Kang for the warm hospitality and wealth of opportunities provided at the USC Korean Studies Institute, and Professor Saori Katada for the enriching POIR workshop series at the USC Center for International Studies. Lastly, I am immensely thankful for the friendships and camaraderie I have forged along this journey."

Project: Evolution of Regional Security Strategy in Southeast Asia

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Na Young Lee

From USC to ANU in September 2022 - May 2023

The one year I spent at ANU as a visiting fellow has been a truly refreshing and eye-opening experience that benefited both my research and professional development. I enjoyed the numerous opportunities to engage with like minded peers on ANU campus, and build friendships that lasts long after I returned to my home institution. Also, I learned tremendously from the stimulating exchanges with the wonderful scholars at Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) including Prof. Evelyn Goh and Prof. Amy King who always paid sincere attention to my research project and offered fresh perspectives. Finally, I would like to extend gratitude to the GRADNAS coordinating team for their hospitality and help in facilitating my visit.

Project: Cultural Motives of War: Explaining War in East Asia, 918-1368


Sarah Teo
From NTU to ANU in Oct 2018



"I really enjoyed the chats I had with SDSC faculty and students, which allowed me to learn from different perspectives and exchange ideas. I am grateful for the kind hospitality of the GRADNAS coordinating team as well as my fellow PhD colleagues who offered their assistance with various aspects of my short stay at ANU."

Project: Middle Powers and Limited Differentiation: A Study of Australia, Malaysia and South Korea in APEC and EAS


Ronan Fu
From USC to ANU in Nov 2018



"The intellectual exchange during the Gradnas international workshop was engaging and stimulating! Glad to be part of this vibrant academic community!"

Project: Measuring Threat Perception: Theory and a Case Study of Taiwan

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Xinru Ma
From USC to ANU in Nov 2018



"The exchange was incredibly helpful. It provided a wonderful platform to exchange cutting-edge research on critical East Asian security issues. It showcased the diversity of research approaches with the unifying theme of conceptual rigor and methodological innovation. Participants were intellectually generous, engaging and provoking, and I got a lot of insightful comments on my working project."

Project: Playing Chicken with Firecrackers: When Do Nationalist Protests Serve as Credible Signals in International Crisis Bargaining?


Iain Henry
From ANU to USC in April 2019



"In April, I’m very much looking forward to receiving feedback from a diverse group of Asian security scholars, studying in America."

Project: America's Ally Management in Asia: Washington vs. Taipei vs. Beijing


Yusuke Ishihara
From ANU to NTU in May 2019



"The biggest challenge that I grappled with was the question of how I could present my thesis as something worth attention by the Gradnas participants who did not necessarily have as keen an interest in Japan as I did. I appreciated the opportunity to face that key issue by actively engaging with diverse scholars of the Gradnas community and learning from good examples of how other presenters dealt with this question."

Project: Japan’s Renegotiation of the Postwar Bargain in the 1970s

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