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Student Spotlight: Jada Fraser interns with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jul 15, 2020

The Clements Center's Student Professional Development Fund provides UT undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to intern at some of the top governmental and non-governmental organizations across the world by providing monetary support for unpaid positions.

Jada Fraser graduated from UT Austin in May 2020 with her B. A. in International Relations and Global Studies. She is interning this summer with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As Japan's role in Asian and global affairs continues to grow, the Japan Chair is charting a new direction to define a strategic agenda for the U.S.-Japan relationship in a bilateral, regional and global context. The current research agenda covers a broad range of themes including Japanese domestic politics, U.S.-Japan security and economic ties, and U.S. strategy in Asia. Jada has enjoyed preparing research memos for op-eds and interviews on topics ranging from the 2020 Mongolian parliamentary elections to the defense implications of Japan’s decision to cancel its Aegis Ashore deployment plans. One of the most exciting projects she has been working on is assisting Dr. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS, with research for his forthcoming book on Japanese grand strategy. Jada feels immensely grateful to the Clements Center for supporting her in pursuing the opportunity to work alongside experts in the field at the most respected (and her personal favorite) think tank.