Nonresident WSD-Handa fellows will attend two to four conferences annually as part of the Pacific Forum Young Leaders program including one each in Europe and in Southeast Asia. In this program, the Pacific Forum brings “Young Leaders” – the next generation of security policy specialists (ages late 20s to early 30s) – to conferences to give them unique insights into the subjects, begin the process of networking with future peers, and provide a next generation perspective on critical issues (For more information, please see Young Leaders program).
In addition to resident WSD-Handa Fellows, up-and-coming professionals focusing on East Asian security and economic development issues have been identified as non-resident WSD-Handa Fellows within the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program. They are provided with enhanced opportunities to participate in East Asia-oriented Pacific Forum events and to publish their insights, individually and collectively, in our “Next Generation” Issues &Insights publications. They also participate in conferences sponsored by WSD in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere.
Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellows:
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.
Mr. Taylor M. Wettach (USA) is an M.A. graduate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS), and was an intern at the Pacific Forum (Pacific Forum). A Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations and the recipient of a full merit scholarship, he is completing a thesis explaining China's recent maritime assertiveness. Taylor previously worked at Pacific Forum, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF), and the Stanley Foundation, and was a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. He co-authored a book on Japan's political economy in international context, has written for outlets including The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, and The National Interest, and was an editor of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs. He holds a BSFS, magna cum laude, from Georgetown and a Certificate from Keio University's Center for Japanese Studies.