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Students at APSIA member schools contribute to global peace, prosperity, and understanding even during the course of their programs.

They believe the world can be a better place – and they are prepared to do the hard work needed to actively bring about that brighter future.

APSIA students are ready to solve the world’s problems. They are flexible enough to navigate the world as it is now and in the future.

Learn about some of our students and their work to transform the world:

Kimya Nia, MIEF ’19

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ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Mende Thuji Yangden

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Mende Thuji Yangden: Bhutan

Franck Ouattara (MIEF)

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AN ENTREPRENEUR LOOKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AFRICA

Alumni Mentor Program brings GPS toolkit to the East Coast

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UC San Diego and GPS alumni are paired with current students who are exploring policy and public service during their summer internship in Washington, D.C.

Becca Corazzi (MA 2019)

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Becca Corazzi
MA ’19
American Foreign Policy

Francesco Diegoli (MAIA 2018)

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Francesco Diegoli
MAIA ’18

Matthew Kuemmerlein (MA 2019)

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Matthew Kuemmerlein
MA ’19
American Foreign Policy

Nunn School Master’s Students Participate in the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

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Marziyeh Amirizadeh and Maryam Rostamour participated in day two of the three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C.

Maria Belen Wu (MA 2019)

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Maria Belen Wu
HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies ’18
MA ’19
First Year: Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Home Country: Argentina

Nadia Esham (MA 2019)

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Nadia Esham
MA ’19
Southeast Asia Studies

Tristan Van Kote (MA 2019)

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Tristan Van Kote
MA ’19
Energy, Resources and Environment

Umberto Speranza (MAIA 2019)

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Umberto Speranza
MAIA ’19
Second Year: SAIS Europe

Romina Ferreira Peña (MIEF 2018)

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Romina Ferreira Peña
MIEF ’18

Ridwan Sorunke (MA 2019)

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Ridwan Sorunke
MA ’19
African Studies
Home Country: Nigeria

Ariel Chiang (MA 2019)

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Ariel Chiang
MA ’19
Conflict Management
Home Country: Taiwan

Austin Lafferty (MA 2019)

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Austin Lafferty
MA ’19
International Political Economy
First Year: SAIS Europe

Sebastian de Quant (MA 2019)

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Sebastian de Quant
MA ’19
European and Eurasian Studies
First Year: SAIS Europe

Rochana Cooray (MA 2018)

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Rochana Cooray
MA ’18
International Development
Home Country: Sri Lanka

Murat Dagli (MA 2019)

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Murat Dagli
MA ’19
Strategic Studies
Home Country: Mexico

Phelisha Midy (MA 2019)

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Phelisha Midy
MA ’19
International Development

Abigail Gage (MA 2018)

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Abigail Gage
MA ’18
Strategic Studies
First Year: SAIS Europe

Kevin Jung (MA 2019)

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Kevin Jung
MA ’19
Latin American Studies

Deboleena Rakshit (MA 2019)

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Deboleena Rakshit
MA ’19
International Development
First Year: SAIS Europe

Luke Yanos (MA 2018)

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Luke Yanos
MA ’18
Southeast Asia Studies

Leonardo Balieiro (MA 2019)

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Leonardo Balieiro
MA ’19
Strategic Studies

Rochana Cooray (MA 2018)

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Rochana Cooray
MA ’18
International Development

Krishnan Raghavan (MA 2017)

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Krishnan Raghavan
MA ’17
International Development

Yi Xu (MA 2017)

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Yi Xu
MA ’17
Energy, Resources, and Environment