Asia Program

Wilson Center Awards Australian Scholarship

Jan 12, 2010

WASHINGTON--The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the appointment of Edmond Roy as a Wilson Center Australian Scholar. Roy will spend three months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in March 2010, working on a research project examining the Australian government's policy on uranium sales to India.

A highly experienced journalist, Roy is currently the associate producer of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio show PM. Previously he was the presenter of the Australian Network television show Asia-Pacific Focus. As a senior journalist, he presented, produced, and reported for a number of other high-profile radio and television shows in Australia. His reporting has taken him to India and to front lines in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. He holds a master's degree from the University of Kerala (India).

During his time at the Wilson Center, Roy will examine the ways in which successive Australian governments have used the arguments related to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, as well as Canberra's strategic, military and ideological concerns, to prevent Australian uranium sales to India. His Wilson Center project will explain India's options, given its growing need for energy, and ask whether Australia can sustain this policy in the years ahead. He will also examine possible changes to the policy in light of the Indo-US nuclear agreement, and the deal's impact on Indo-Australian relations.

The Australian Scholar program is the centerpoint of the Woodrow Wilson Center's enhanced emphasis on Australia and U.S.-Australian relations. This scholarship competition is open to men and women currently residing in Australia, or of Australian citizenship. Applications are accepted from individuals in academia, business, journalism, government, law, and related professions. Candidates must be currently pursuing research on key public policy issues facing Australia, including U.S.-Australian relations and East Asian political, security, and economic issues.

Successful applicants will spend 2-4 months in residence at the Wilson Center, where they will carry out advanced, policy-oriented research and writing designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities. Additional information on the Australian Scholar program may be found at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1462&fuseaction=topics.it....

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

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