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Profile of Former Contributors

Alistair Cook

NTS-people_200-Alistair-CookDr Alistair D.B. Cook is Visiting Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews and a Master of Arts from Purdue University.

He has taught at Purdue University, University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Nanyang Technological University. His research interests are geographically focused on the Asia-Pacific and thematically focused on non-traditional security issues notably the root causes of internal conflict and international responses. His research covers the relations between China and Southeast Asia (ASEAN), and in particular the political development of Myanmar. He has recently co-edited a book titled Non-Traditional Security in Asia: Issues, Challenges and Frameworks for Action and has published in China Report, East Asian Policy, International Politics, Peace Review, and Southeast Asian Studies, a Quarterly Journal of Translation.

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Devin Maeztri

Devin1708Devin Maeztri was formerly a research analyst at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Her research interests were mainly in food security, climate change and community empowerment; she was also fascinated by the concept of resilience thinking of social-ecological systems.

Devin holds a Bachelor of Agriculture in Landscape Architecture from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Indonesia. She later pursued a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne under an AusAid scholarship. Her areas of study were development, education, governance, policy and communication, and sustainable cities and regions.

Devin has previously worked as a coordinator for school-based environmental education in urban areas for the Peka Indonesia Foundation, a member of the global Wildlife Trust Alliance. Following her successful internship at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, a project of the Australian Centre for Science Innovation and Society, she was employed to assist in research on food systems and sustainability. After graduating in 2009, Devin was part of a team involved in the development of a grand strategy for the Millennium Challenge Corporation compact programme development in Jakarta.

Devin was also awarded two scholarships as an exchange student to Japan: the AFS Intercultural Programs and the University of the Ryukyu’s Student Exchange Program.

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Elizabeth McRae

liz346pxElizabeth was an intern with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.

She holds a Master of International Security from the University of Sydney, Australia, with a primary focus on climate change and food security issues. Elizabeth had previously completely a six-month internship with  the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at the University of Sydney, contributing to academic papers on various non-traditional security issues.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney, majoring in government and international relations, and international business. She further pursued her interest in international relations while studying abroad at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Elizabeth’s research interests include climate change effects and mitigation, food and water security, and population and demographic studies.

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Holly Haywood

Holly1708Holly Haywood was formerly a research analyst at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Holly holds a BA in International Relations (Asia-Pacific studies) from Griffith University and a Masters in International Studies (Peace & Conflict Resolution) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Her masters thesis was undertaken through the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and investigated the extent to which the emerging norm of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) might be localized in the ASEAN region.

Her research interests encompass new approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, the analysis of ethnic conflicts, the promotion of the RtoP norm in Southeast Asia, and new developments within ASEAN aimed at addressing the growing range of NTS challenges.

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Li Hongyan

Hongyan1708Li Hongyan was formerly an associate research fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where she was part of the Health and Human Security and the Food Security Programmes.

Hongyan holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Master in International Relations from RSIS, NTU.

Prior to her time at the Centre, Hongyan was a research analyst at the RSIS International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. Her research interests included perceptions of notions of illness and deviancy, public understanding and media representations of health risks, and the themes of health and food security in general.

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Irene A. Kuntjoro

Picture 054-crop1Irene A. Kuntjoro was formerly an associate research fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where she was primarily attached to the Climate Change, Environmental Security and Natural Disasters Programme. She  was also involved in the research work of the Food Security Programme and Internal and Cross Border Conflict Programme. Irene was also Event Manager and managed conferences and seminars organised by the Centre.

She obtained a BA in International Relations from the University of Indonesia and an MA in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. She is part of the British Chevening scholars network and also the Open Society Institute (OSI) network due to the scholarship that she was awarded during her master’s study.

Prior to this, she was a teaching assistant for the Undergraduate Programme of the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Indonesia (2003–05). She also worked as a consultant on security and justice reform for the Partnership for Governance Reform, a national NGO closely affiliated with the United Nations for Development Programme (UNDP) Jakarta (2007–08).

Her research interests encompassed climate change, environmental security and natural disasters, conflict prevention and resolution, multilateralism, Southeast Asia regionalism, human security and humanitarian intervention.

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Joseph Franco

Joseph Franco -279 by 350Joseph Raymond S. Franco was formerly an intern at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.

Joseph holds a BA in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Joseph read an MSc in International Relations through an ASEAN Graduate Scholarship. He wrote a dissertation that explores the linkage between security in communities and perceptions of mediator bias in the context of the Philippine peace process.

Joseph previously worked as a researcher-analyst with the Office of Strategic Studies and the Special Study Group, both in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Among his major contributions to the AFP is his involvement in the crafting of the Internal Peace and Security Plan, Bayanihan, which sets the strategic direction in addressing the various challenges to Philippine internal security. He was also the lead writer of the AFP Peace and Development Team manual, which provides a novel, community development-focused approach in addressing the communist insurgency. Aside from policy formulation and analysis, Joseph completed various research projects, some of which had been either included in various publications or presented in international fora.

Joseph’s research interests include internal conflict, counter-insurgency, special operations forces, peacekeeping and maritime security.

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Manpavan Kaur

Pavan1708Manpavan Kaur was formerly a research analyst at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Manpavan graduated with a second upper class LLB (Hons) from Brunel University, United Kingdom. She was awarded an LLM (Merit) in International Development Law and Human Rights from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom in 2009.

Her master’s thesis was entitled, ‘Recognising Socio-Political Responsibility towards Female Migrant Domestic Workers. A Case Study of Singapore’.

Manpavan’s responsibilities focus on the Centre’s programme on Internal and Cross-Border Conflict and its Non-Traditional Security (Plus) programme, for which she researches migration, human trafficking and transnational crime. Her main research interests are human security, human rights, governance, development studies, analysing internal conflicts and resolution processes, and identity politics.

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Shantanu Kumar Saha

shantanu (362x400)Shantanu Kumar Saha was an intern with the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, Singapore. He is supported by the Sylff Research Abroad grant.

During his internship with the centre, Shantanu was pursuing his PhD at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, under the university’s scholarship programme. His work is on the diffusion of indigenous cultivation practices to ensure food security in areas affected by extreme weather in Bangladesh. His paper, ‘Soilless cultivation for landless people: An alternative livelihood practice through indigenous hydroponic agriculture in flood-prone Bangladesh’, was recently published in the Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies. Shantanu is particularly interested in rural development, agricultural extension, social adaptation to climate change and pro-poor development.

Shantanu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours) from Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. He holds an MS in International Cooperation Policy from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, where he majored in environmental policy and administration. His MS dissertation focused on farmers’ adaptation to waterlogged farmlands and the potential of floating cultivation in Bangladesh.

Shantanu is a former Sylff fellow (2010/11). He was awarded the Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Grant in 2010 and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Honors Scholarship in 2012. He has been a Teaching Assistant at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University since 2008, providing support on courses in advanced data analysis and statistics, sustainable innovation and leadership

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Ong Suan Ee

Suanee1708Ong Suan Ee was formerly a research analyst at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She works on the health and human security and food security teams at the Centre.

Suan Ee holds a BA in French and International Studies and BA (Hons) in International Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She also holds an international exchange diploma from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), Paris, France. Her Honours thesis was entitled “The World Health Organization and Avian Influenza in Southeast Asia: Challenges to the Effective Implementation of Health Policy in the Fight against H5N1”.

Her research interests are primarily in health security, particularly global health governance, pandemic preparedness and outbreak response management in the Asia-Pacific region. She is also keen on exploring the role of language and semantics in interpreting public health policies, changes and trends in perceptions of health risks and the rise of health scares.

Suan Ee is also an avid advocate of Model United Nations conferences as a training platform for aspiring global movers and shakers. She served on the secretariat of the Paris International Model United Nations Conference (PIMUN) in 2008. She was a delegate of the Disarmament and Security Committee and journalist for the United Nations Press Committee at the Model United Nations of the University of Salamanca (MUNUSAL), Spain.

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Tarun Gopalakrishnan

photoTarun Gopalakrishnan was an intern with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.

His interest in climate change and related issues originated with involvement, as a school student, in debates on sustainable urbanisation organised by the Emirates Environmental Group of the UAE.

Now a final year undergraduate student at the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, he has represented his institution at moot court competitions involving problems of cross-border and international law. Most recently, he was placed in the top ten speakers at the finals of the Stetsons International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.

He is particularly interested in issues involving climate change and energy security.

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Zbigniew Dumienski

Zbigniew Dumienski was formerly a research analyst at the Center for Non-Traditional Security Studies in the S. Rajaratnam School for International Studies (RSIS) of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He works on transnational organized crime and energy security teams at the Center.

Zbigniew Dumienski studied at the University of Sussex, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (RSIS). His research interests include a variety of issues related to both traditional and non-traditional security: all forms of political violence, history of international relations, geopolitics, transnational organized crime and energy security. He is also interested in studying the developments in the former Soviet Union, especially in the South Caucasus.

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