Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program

The Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program sought to contribute to a better understanding of policy challenges and opportunities related to the growing importance of Asia in the international political arena and global economy. The program selected highly qualified professionals to serve as resident fellows at Asia Society’s headquarters in New York City for up to one year. During the course of their residencies, Schwartz Fellows direct a major and original policy project, including writing a policy-relevant publication for the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Additionally, Asia Society relies on Schwartz Fellows to provide in-house expertise via the media. Opportunities to present their work and/or participate in panel discussions, conferences, and other events at the Society’s Centers in the United States and Asia are also arranged. In these ways, Schwartz Fellows play an important role in the Society's mission of promoting policy dialogue and public education on Asia.

Past Schwartz Fellows

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    Jeffrey Kupfer was the 2014 Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, focusing on best practices in Asia’s energy sector and U.S.-Asia relations vis-à-vis energy security.
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    As a 2012 Bernard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society, Alexander Evans led an initiative focused on the U.S. and South Asia after Afghanistan.
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    As a 2011 Bernard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society, Philip Shishkin focused on the turbulent dynamics of Central Asia.
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    Dr. Hassan Abbas was a 2010 Bernard Schwartz Fellow, focusing on U.S.-South Asia relations, especially in the context of political dynamics in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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    As a 2009 Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Nobuyoshi Sakajiri focused on Northeast Asian security and China's domestic economic, political, and social issues.
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    Simon S.C. Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, served as a 2009 Bernard Schwartz Fellow.
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    Mira Kamdar was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in 2008, working on issues of equity and sustainability and on a changing U.S.-Asia relationship.
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    Tion Kwa was a 2008 Bernard Schwartz Fellow based at the Asia Society's Washington Center, focusing on trade issues between the U.S. and Asia and on regional security.
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    Pramit Pal Chaudhuri was a 2007 Bernard Schwartz Fellow and is a member of Asia Society's Global Council.

Past Fellows' Projects