Islands Society Announces 2016 Pacific Security Scholar – 11/16/2015

The Islands Society names a new young professional for its annual Pacific Security Scholars Program

Honolulu, Hawaii — The Islands Society is pleased to announce that Genevieve Neilson will be the 2016 Pacific Security Scholar.

Over the next nine months, Ms. Neilson will explore the policy implications of international security threats across the Pacific Islands region. She will do so under the guidance of senior mentors from relevant industries and the diplomatic community who are experts on traditional and nontraditional security issues. Her insights and analysis will then be published in leading foreign policy media outlets around the world.

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Genevieve Neilson is an international trade specialist currently serving as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her research interests include climate change adaptation, renewable energy and international political economy. Having graduated with first class honors in International Relations and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Neilson went on to receive a Graduate Certificate from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and an M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University.

About the Pacific Security Scholars Program

The Pacific Security Scholars Program is one of the five Next Generation Leaders Programs at the Pacific Islands Society. It is focused on promoting young leadership across the Pacific Islands. The PSS Program is aimed specifically at strengthening the engagement and capacity of the policy makers of tomorrow to engage in the global decisions that they will ultimately inherit. Participants receive exclusive insight from mentors who provided one-to-one support in the professional development of our young leaders. Participants are in turn provided the opportunity to share these insights.


About Islands Society

The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policy makers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, Arctic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, and Remote Islands Society (Japan).

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