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December 06, 2018 |
Austin Emery

Vinson Fellow finds slow reaction to Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

As a Vinson Fellow working with Dr. Rusty Brooks at the Institute’s International Center this semester, I explored the effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — the country’s multi-trillion-dollar mission to reroute global trade and ocean traffic while projecting its growing influence across the world.

October 18, 2018 |
Magali Lapu

Vinson Fellow's research to focus on updating assessor training program

I was born in Brussels to Congolese parents and raised in Atlanta. Dealing with the push-and-pull of these varying cultures has shaped my interest in cultural differences, inequality and the experiences of underrepresented groups in the United States and abroad. Now, as a Vinson Fellow, I’ll get to investigate a topic that’s completely different from the direct community empowerment work that I have been involved in through nonprofits and student groups.

Jacquelyn Harms
October 11, 2018 |

Student explores impact of food waste for Vinson Fellows project

I am a West Coast baby, born and raised! I lived in California, Oregon and Washington before moving here to attend the University of Georgia. I love calling this little slice of the South my home. UGA and Athens have taught me two things that I will carry with me for the rest of my life: good food and good football!

October 04, 2018 |
Austin Emery

Student to study effects of Chinese outreach for Vinson Fellows project

An Atlanta native, I am a fourth-year student studying political science and international affairs. Growing up, I was afforded many opportunities to travel to less-fortunate corners of the globe. Witnessing the consequences of crime and corruption first-hand instilled in me a deep appreciation and passion for good governance, well-crafted public policy and security — something that continues to motivate me as I strive for a career in foreign policy.