Testimonials from Our Next Generation Programs

Gorton Leaders Program

Brenton Riddle is an International Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, and an Environmental Science and Resource Management triple major at the University of Washington. He has served as an energy and environment policy intern for Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. While studying abroad in Rome, Italy, he served as the lead researcher on energy-related critical infrastructure for the Jackson School Rome Task Force, “European Defense: Strategic Choices for 2030.” His interests include combating climate change, mitigating environmental degradation, and improving community resilience.

Ellings-Korduba Research Program

Christine Liu is a BA candidate in International Relations and Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research analyzes the intersection of economics, technology, and national security as it pertains to US interests in East Asia. Prior to this fellowship, she examined China’s industrial policy and high-tech competitiveness as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She also conducted research at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and National Defense University. After graduation, she is interested in attending graduate school and pursuing a career in public service. She is fluent in Mandarin, Japanese, and English.

Chinese Language Fellowship Program

Adam B. Lee is a PhD candidate in China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His current research interests include Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, cross-strait relations, and East Asian maritime security issues. His dissertation research focuses on China’s policy of deliberate ambiguity with regard to the substance and scope of its South China Sea claims. He received his BA in political science and Asian studies from Williams College and his MA in East Asian studies from Stanford University.

Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship Program

Alura Winfrey is working with the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy team at NBR. She is a rising sophomore at George Washington University, where she intends to major in international affairs, with a regional concentration in Asia, and minor in sociocultural anthropology. She studies Mandarin Chinese and is currently researching the religious conversion and politicization of migrant and indigenous populations in Chile, China, and Singapore. Before joining NBR, she contributed to the US-China Strategic Studies Organization newsletter and participated in Amnesty International and the Deans Council for Multicultural Recruitment at George Washington University. She plans to pursue a career as a foreign service officer or analyst with the Department of State under the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs or Bureau of Intelligence and Research.