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    Sam Baron

    Policy Fellow


    Sam Baron is the inaugural Policy Fellow at the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS). An expert on the politics and foreign policy of Myanmar and Southeast Asia, he has held a number of policy-focused roles working on the ASEAN region with organizations including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and The Asia Group, among others. Concurrent to his appointment at YCAPS, Sam is also a Visiting Researcher with the Research Center for Sustainable Peace (RCSP) at the University of Tokyo, a Non-Resident Scholar with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA’s “US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative”, and an Associated Research Fellow with Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm, Sweden. His research and commentary on Southeast Asia regularly appears in international think tank and media outlets including The South China Morning Post, The Japan Times, The National Interest, and Radio Free Asia. His other research interests include U.S.-Japan relations, the nexus of business and human rights, and issues pertaining to public international law in East and Southeast Asia. Sam holds an M.Phil in International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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