Research Intern, Foreign Policy and Defence Program
Afeeya Akhand is a Research Intern with the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre.
What is your educational background?
I am currently studying a Master of International Security at the University of Sydney with a specialisation in Korean language. I previously completed undergraduate Bachelor degrees in Law Honours and Finance at the Australian National University. I also spent a semester in South Korea studying Korean language at the University of Seoul.
What have you been working on in your time here at the USSC?
I have worked on research tasks under the direction of various team members in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program. So far, I have researched the role of the US alliance in Australia’s sovereign long-range missile capability, Australian perspectives on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as well as costings associated with Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines. For the academic side of the program, I am currently researching the extent to which the Republic of Korea’s New Southern Policy interacts with, and contributes to, the US strategy of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific region.
What do you hope to do with your experience at the USSC?
I originally became interested in international policy and natural security through my experiences working in the Federal government and government consulting sectors. This was my motivation returning to university to study a Master of International Security. In particular, I applied for this internship to complement my previous work experience and current studies. Interning as part of the program has also helped me to fully appreciate the role that think tanks play in discourse surrounding current affairs and issues, whether that be through policy papers, op-eds or webinars. After I finish my Masters, I hope to use my USSC experience to continue to build my career in the research and policy space.