Nilanthi Samaranayake

Next Generation Fellow


Next Generation Fellow
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)


Nilanthi Samaranayake is a Next Generation Fellow at NBR.

As a Fellow, Ms. Samaranayake participates in a variety of activities that support individual projects and institutional initiatives, including research, writing, and outreach efforts. She also conducts independent, policy-relevant research aimed at linking the academic and policymaking communities.

Ms. Samaranayake received an MSc in International Relations in from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis was awarded with distinction honors for its investigation of China’s energy relations with “rogue” and “pariah” states and the implications for US foreign policy.

Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Samaranayake analyzed domestic and international public opinion at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. While there, she directed projects including “America’s Place in the World” in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations. Before completing a BA in International Studies at American University in Washington, DC, Ms. Samaranayake interned at the U.S. Department of State and studied in Beijing at the University of International Business and Economics.

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