Will Nelson

Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

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Will Nelson is an intern with the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). As a current International Security M.A. student at George Mason University (GMU), his research interests focus on intelligence and strategic analysis with an emphasis on the rise of China in the Indo-Pacific and the political structure of authoritarian states.

Prior to joining NBR, he worked as a Graduate Fellow at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, focusing on the strategic implications of emerging Asian military technologies. He has also worked at the Anti-Illicit Trade Institute at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center, and was a research assistant with the State Department’s Regional China Office, focusing on Chinese Digital Silk Road activities in Southeast Asia.

He has lived and worked in China, Japan, Thailand, Spain, and Azerbaijan and speaks proficient Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. Will’s writing has been featured in the Cipher Brief, GMU’s Center for Security Policy Studies, and AFCEA’s Signal Magazine.