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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:

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

Angelina Magal (MAGR 2017)

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Angelina Magal
MAGR ’17

Darnell Shaffer (MA 2017)

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Darnell Shaffer
MA ’17
Energy, Resources, and Environment

Sarah Abdella-El Kallassy (MA 2018)

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Sarah Abdella-El Kallassy
MA ’18
Middle East Studies

Samuel Irwin (MA 2017)

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Samuel Irwin
MA ’17
Energy, Resources, and Environment

Patricio Violini (MAGP 2017)

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Patricio Violini
MAGP ’17

Anshu Singh (MA 2018)

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Anshu Singh
MA ’18
International Development

Marco Kim (MIEF 2017)

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Marco Kim
MIEF’ 17

Students at Humphrey School Collaborate with Human Rights Watch to Research Human Rights in America

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Now in its fourth year, the University of Minnesota’s unique partnership with Human Rights Watch gives students ‘incredible opportunities.’

Researching Educational Outcomes in India

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Over winter break, Jackson MA and SOM joint-degree student Beth Goldberg was part of a team of students that traveled to India to conduct research with an Indian education nonprofit.

Student Changemakers Fight Human Trafficking

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Students at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy to be featured on CNN for work combating modern slavery