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WSD-Handa Fellowship

Through the generosity of the Worldwide Support for Development and Dr. Handa Haruhisha, Pacific Forum has established the WSD-Handa Fellowship Program.

This fellowship offers both resident and non-resident fellowships to increase East Asian, US and European participation in Pacific Forum programs. WSD-Handa Fellows should already have some knowledge of East Asian security and economic developments and should use this fellowship as an opportunity to take a more in-depth look into these issues and offer solutions for improvement.

Applications are currently open for the Resident and Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellowship.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be of North American, European, or Southeast Asian nationality. Priority will be given to those from lesser-developed Southeast Asian nations including Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam.
  • Have completed their undergraduate education and
    • Have several years of experience in Indo-Pacific security issues, or
    • Has completed or is completing their graduate education (master’s or doctoral)
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills).
  • For non-U.S. citizens, applicant must possess or be eligible for an extended stay visa.

To apply for the Handa Fellowship, please complete the Resident or Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellowship online application form and include all materials listed below. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the WSD-Handa Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a WSD-Handa Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Current Resident Fellows:

Archie Brooke (UK) is currently managing a UK government Judicial Sector Reform project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and previously worked in Amman, Jordan coordinating the UK government’s Jordan Security Sector Reform Project between 2016 – 2019. He received his MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security from Queen’s University Belfast and his BA in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester. He is primarily interested in international intervention, reconstruction, and security issues with a focus on the Middle East North Africa region.

Current Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellows:

Blake Herzinger (USA) is an Indo-Pacific policy specialist and U.S. Navy Reserve officer. He spent nearly a decade in active service with the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer, with experience in the Middle East and across the Indo-Pacific. He is broadly interested in security assistance dynamics and seapower. His analysis has been published in Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, The Diplomat, and ASPI’s The Strategist. He is a graduate of the Strategic Studies MSc program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and received his BA at Brigham Young University.


Hunter Marston (USA) is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Australian National University. He previously worked in The Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies as a Senior Research Assistant. Prior to joining Brookings, he worked at the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Southeast Asia program and National Defense University. He received his Masters in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and Masters in Public Affairs from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, also at the University of Washington. He has published on Southeast Asian security and U.S. foreign policy in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, the Asian Journal of Political Science, the Nikkei Asian Review, and the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter, among other places.


Walker D. Mills (USA) is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and a U.S. Marine Corps officer serving as an exchange officer in Cartagena, Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s in history from Brown University and a master’s in international relations and contemporary war from King’s College, London. Currently he is enrolled as a non-resident student at the Naval Postgraduate School in the homeland security program. He is also the 2021 Military Fellow with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future War at Marine Corps University. His award-winning writing has been published in a range of outlets including War on the Rocks, USNI Proceedings, West Point’s Modern War Institute, Defense News, CIMSEC, the Marine Corps Gazette and Strategy Bridge. Walker volunteers at CIMSEC as an associate editor and podcast host for Sea Control. When not writing, he enjoys marathons, triathlons, and homebrewing.


Adam Morrow (USA) is an Associate Program Officer at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, located in Washington, DC. He is interested in the complex interplay between climate change and all manner of security challenges in Northeast Asia and Oceania. Adam holds an MA from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies.


Hanh Nguyen (VNM) received her M.A. in International Relations at International Christian University, Tokyo. Her research interests include Southeast Asia politics and security, and Vietnam’s foreign policy. Her analysis was published by the Pacific Forum, The Diplomat, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, Lowy Institute, East Asia Security Centre among others. She is also a Pacific Forum’s Young Leader member.


William Piekos (USA) is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on alignment policies in Southeast Asia, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian security issues. Previously, he worked in the Asia Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. His analysis on Chinese foreign policy and U.S. policy in Asia has been published by the Center for Advanced China Research, CNN, and the Council on Foreign Relations, among others. He received his MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in International Studies from Middlebury College.