Former Nonproliferation Fellows

Former Nonproliferation Fellows:

Mr. Kyaw Si Thu (MM) received a BA (Honors) in English in 2011 and an MA English in 2014 from Magway University in Myanmar. After receiving his degrees, he served as a freelance tutor for Magway University’s distance education program while preparing for civil service examinations. Kyaw Si Thu become a staff officer in the Department of Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar in August 2016. In this role, Kyaw Si Thu’s responsibilities are to arrange internal meetings and Joint Border Trade Committee (JBTC) meetings. He is also responsible for reviewing recommendation letters for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), and agricultural product contracts. Kyaw Si Thu has been a resident Nonproliferation Fellow with the Pacific Forum, a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii, since December 2017, and will return to his position at the Department of Trade in December 2018. Kyaw Si Thu’s research interests are economics and trade, especially how domestic companies and industries can participate in government trade promotion programs. Kyaw Si Thu is currently writing a research paper covering national models for managing the trade of strategic goods. This research paper will provide policy recommendations for Myanmar’s future implementation of a strategic trade control system. Kyaw Si Thu presented his findings in an international meeting on strategic trade controls in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July 2018. He has also co-authored a chapter on Myanmar’s strategic trade control system (forthcoming).

Mr. Phone Myint Naing (MM)received an BA in English in 2012 from the University of Meiktila and an MA in English in 2015 from University of Mandalay in Myanmar, specializing in psycholinguistics and language acquisition. He received a diploma in Political Science in 2016 from the University of Mandalay, where he focused on rule of law and political thought. He was a tutor with the Department of English at Mandalay University of Distance Education in 2016. Phone has served as a staff officer at Department of Trade under Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar since August 2016. His responsibilities include assisting policy makers in formulating policy for trade facilitation and liberalization and in effectively enforcing trade policy on flows of internal and external trade. He has been a Nonproliferation Fellow with the Pacific Forum, a foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii, since December 2017, and will return to his position at the Department of Trade in December 2018. Phone’s research interests include issues of Myanmar’s politics and economic affairs. At the Pacific Forum, Phone is writing a research paper on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction with a special focus on strategic trade controls. His paper explores implementation of Myanmar’s strategic trade control system, which includes the establishment of a dual-use export control law and control list, enforcement, and government industry-outreach. Phone presented his findings in an international meeting on strategic trade controls in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July 2018. He has also co-authored a book chapter on Myanmar’s strategic trade control system (forthcoming).

Mr. Nay Yan Oo (MM) is a Myanmar specialist with eight years of experience in political governance, academic pursuits, and working in non-profit sectors. He is also a Prospect Burma Scholar (supported by the Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Peace Prize Fund). Prior to his fellowship at Pacific Forum, he was working as Program Manager of Liberalism and Liberal Democracy for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the German organization for liberal politics, in Yangon. Before that, he was involved with the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University in several capacities while pursuing a graduate degree. He returned to Myanmar just before the landmark 2015 election to work as an election observer with international organizations. As a student of comparative politics, his research interests focus on Myanmar, Southeast Asian politics, democratization, civil-military relations, civil wars, and public sector reforms. At the Pacific Forum, he would like to conduct research on security sector reforms in Myanmar, with a special focus on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University (2015) and plans to pursue his Ph.D. in International Studies.

Ms. Federica DALL'ARCHE (ITA) joined Pacific Forum as a Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Resident Fellow. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in Political Science at the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and winning a full merit scholarship for an exchange program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Federica recently obtained her Master's degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California. She won a prize for the best paper on Human Trafficking, concluded an internship at the Asian-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a US Department of Defense academic institute and a Fellowship as United Nations Security Council Monitor at PeaceWomen. She also worked as Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation, at the William Tell Coleman Library, and as a freelance collaborator for the online magazine Geopolitica.info.

Mr. Hyuk KIM (ROK) is a Resident Fellow for Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security and James A. Kelly Korean Studies programs. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Hyuk served as a guest researcher at the Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a research assistant at the Export Control and Non-proliferation Program of the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, and international trader at Daewoo International Corporation. His research interests cover non-proliferation issues in East Asia, export controls, sanctions, and trade data analysis. Hyuk Kim holds a MA in Non-proliferation and Terrorism Studies, BS in Nuclear Engineering, and University Diploma in International Nuclear Law.