Center for Asia Pacific Strategy

CAPS Welcomes New Interns

We are excited that our inaugural group of interns are joining CAPS for the summer of 2020. All current graduate students of the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, the group brings a wealth of experiences, perspectives and energy to our efforts.

2020 Interns

Ahsun Ahmed

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Ahsun Ahmed

Born and raised in Pakistan, Ahsun is an experienced international banker, with a focus in relationship and project management. He is currently building advanced credentials to support shifting careers to International Affairs and International Economics.

Ayn Hatfield

UC San Diego, School Of Global Policy And Strategy

Ayn Hatfield

Ayn’s family is from Taiwan which has inspired her to spend extensive time in Taiwan and China, resulting in her particular interest in Cross-Strait Relations. Ayn’s research and article on Taiwan’s response to the current corona virus situation was published in UCSD’s Journal of International Political Solutions. Ayn hopes her future research will help develop practical methods for other countries to emulate Taiwan’s pandemic response methods, as well as improve Taiwan’s geopolitical status.

Alana Laanui

UC San Diego, School Of Global Policy And Strategy

Alana Laanui

Alana has been awarded a Tribal Fellowship, is a Pauahi Foundation Scholarship Recipient, and a ’20-’21 Deans Fellow. Prior to graduate school, Alana taught English in Malaysia for the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE), on a Fulbright grant. She also served as a congressional intern for Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (Oregon).

Vida Zonunmawii

UC San Diego, School Of Global Policy And Strategy

Vida Zonunmawii

Prior to graduate study, Vida led a policy team for an Indian Parliamentarian at the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) on issues concerning the protection and advancement of human rights. She has published with national and international magazines like The Diplomat discussing human rights issues in South Asia. At UC San Diego, her academic focus is on Indo-US Pacific relations and promotion of the idea that economic development through free trade and respect for human rights must go hand-in-hand.

Rachel Lietzow

UC San Diego, School Of Global Policy And Strategy

Rachel Lietzow

Rachel has served as a Correspondent for China and East Asian Affairs at the Journal of International Relations. She also interned at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and her state governor’s office. Rachel was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Macau; National People to People Award, granted by the Confucius Institute U.S. Center; Evans Scholar Award for highest academic achievement in Humanities; and Outstanding Graduating Senior in International Economics Award.