Nonresident Handa Fellows

Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellows:

Mr. Simon Gray recently completed a Ph.D. (embargoed) specializing in International Relations and Security Studies (IRSS) from the University of Waikato. Drawing on cases in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa, his thesis examined evolution and diversity in the cause-and-effect dynamics of contemporary political Islam, including radicalization and extremism, and implications for wider political and security affairs. He is Cofounder of & Research Member with the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group and Assistant Editor of the Waikato Islamic Studies Review. His wider IRSS foci include counter-terrorism, U.S.-Philippines security relations, great-power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific, and New Zealand national security, defense & foreign policy, as well as IRSS theory. He has worked as an IRSS Tutor on Asia and Middle Eastern security affairs; served as a postgraduate guest presenter and Guest Lecturer on Islamic extremism for the University of Waikato's IRSS and Studies in Religion Programmes respectively; presented at conferences, seminars and delivered guest talks in New Zealand, and in Singapore at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University; and on the board of International Peer-Reviewers for Otoritas: Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan (Authority: Journal of Government Studies). His work has appeared in the New Zealand International Review, African Security, Waikato Islamic Studies Review, with work re-disseminated in SEALion Catalogue, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: Yusof Ishak Institute, and is the co-author of two forthcoming publications on Islamic radicalization and extremism as well as developing his Ph.D. thesis into a monograph. Additionally, Mr. Gray is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and member of the Asia New Zealand Leadership Network (ANZLN), attending Track-II level dialogues and events as an observer in China, Japan, the CSCAP 11th General Conference in Thailand, and a World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Israel. He was a New Zealand postgraduate delegate on an international study trip to Turkey; Claude McCarthy Fellow; 2018 ANZLN Manila Hui delegate; and Secretary of the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (2013-2018).


Mr. Clayton Cheney is a practicing attorney in New York City. He recently received his M.S. in Global Affairs with distinction from New York University where his studies concentrated on transnational security and the geopolitics of energy. His master’s thesis focused on the geopolitical, security, and energy implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. While at New York University, he served as the Managing Editor of Global Affairs Review, worked on a consultancy project at the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, and received the Center for Global Affairs Advisory Board Scholarship. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee and he is the editor of the Bar Association’s UN Update. He previously worked as a Graduate Fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University’s School of Law, where he pursued human rights cases within the Inter-American System for the protection of human rights. He served as a legal intern at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and several international human rights organization.


Mr. Stephen Herzog (USA) is a Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow with the Pacific Forum and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University. His research focuses on international security: nuclear weapons proliferation, arms control, and domestic sources of foreign policy. He is also a Fellow of the Yale Program on Japanese Politics and Diplomacy. Previously, Stephen directed a global scientific engagement program supporting nuclear explosion monitoring and geophysical hazard mitigation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. He led U.S. technical delegations across the Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. His other past positions include Nuclear Security Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas and research associate/Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty specialist with the Federation of American Scientists. Stephen holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Political Science from Yale, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Knox College. He has traveled in over 80 countries.