News Release

Thirteenth Class of Visiting Fellows Joins Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings

March 1, 2011

Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced today that four new visiting fellows will join the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) for its Spring 2011 fellowship program. This group of CNAPS visiting fellows includes scholars from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, who will be in residence at Brookings through June 30. The CNAPS Fellowship program is now in its thirteenth year.

I am pleased to welcome another outstanding group of CNAPS fellows,” Talbott said. “Through this program, CNAPS continues to build an important professional network among policy experts and practitioners in the United States and Asia. I look forward to the fellows’ membership in the Brookings community, and to their contributions to our understanding of important issues in cross-border crime and international governance.”

CNAPS hosts two separate classes of fellows per academic year—one in the fall and another in the spring. (The fall class includes fellows from China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia, and is in residence at Brookings from August to December.) The research theme for the 2010-2011 program is “challenges of cross-border crime.”

The spring term’s fellows are:

Nelson Yiu-mo Cheng, deputy district commander of the Eastern District in the Hong Kong Police Force. His occupational specialties include drug trafficking and financial investigations.  While at CNAPS, Mr. Cheng will research and write about “The Effectiveness of Money Laundering Investigations in Addressing the Challenges of Transnational Crime: A Comparison Study Between the United States and Hong Kong.” 

Shen Haimei, professor of anthropology at Yunnan University’s Anthropological Research Institute. Her academic specialties include women/gender studies, and ethnicity in southwest China.  The topic of Dr. Shen’s research project at CNAPS will be “Trafficking in Women Across the Yunnan-Myanmar Border in Transnational Migration Era China.”

Ta Minh Tuan, associate professor and deputy director of the Center for Foreign Policy and Regional Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.  His research specialties are Vietnam’s politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Vietnam relations, Southeast Asian security, and nuclear energy and non-proliferation.  Dr. Tuan’s work while at CNAPS will focus on “Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century.” 

Sandy Yu-Lan Yeh, an associate professor in the department of Foreign Affairs Police at the Central Police University, Taiwan.  Her research interests include gender equity, criminal justice policies, human trafficking, community policing, domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.  Dr. Yeh’s research at CNAPS will focus on “Developing a Comprehensive and Effective Policy Framework for Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts in Taiwan.” 

Established in 1998, CNAPS promotes research, analysis and exchange and is designed to enhance policy development and understanding on the pressing political, security and economic issues facing Northeast Asia. The Visiting Fellows Program, the Center’s flagship initiative, offers mid-career fellowships that bring up to eight fellows each year from Northeast Asia to Brookings to conduct research and interact with the U.S. policymaking and academic communities. Under the direction of Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Bush, CNAPS also sponsors an array of policy-oriented seminars, discussions, and publications, including the Brookings Northeast Asia Commentary.

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