Hello! I’m Bailey Wong, a junior and Olson Scholar at American University’s School of International Service. I study international relations and economics, specializing in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and global conflict, with a minor in Chinese. This site was originally conceived to document my research from the 2015-2016 academic year, which focused on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and how its implications may apply to economic interdependence and the potential for conflict. Over time, this has evolved into a broader compilation of my academic and professional work.
I am currently a research intern for U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service, working specifically with geographic information. I use OpenStreetMap to provide actionable data to USAID projects, specifically with the Office of Transition Initiatives’s work on development and political transitions in at-risk communities. I am also currently studying abroad, at Peking University in Beijing, China. This summer, I will also be doing research with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network at the U.S. Department of Treasury. I have previously worked as a research intern at the Hudson Institute, where at the Center of Political-Military Analysis I focused on security issues, specifically in East Asia. I hope to one day be a contributing member of the U.S. national security community.