September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Ms. Catherine Boye is the 2009 Monterey Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pacific Forum. Catherine was born and grew up in Salt Lake City, UT.
As an undergraduate at the University of Utah, she spent a year studying in the Czech Republic and a year studying in China. In 2006, she received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Utah. At the Monterey Institute of International Studies, she studies International Policy with a specialization in Security Studies. Her research interests include Chinese military policy, Sino-Japanese relations, and East Asian security. After graduation, she hopes to join the Foreign Service as a diplomat.
Catherine served the Pacific Forum, a small think-tank located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, that focuses its work in the field of Asian-Pacific international relations and security. While at the Pacific Forum, Catherine co-wrote a paper on the Japanese option of preemption with her supervisor that is set to be published by the Pacific Forum. As part of her research, Catherine corresponded with, and at times, interviewed members of PACOM and members of Japanese think-tanks. She has also analyzed data relating to the views of Japanese and American young leaders about the U.S.-Japan alliance and its role in Asia.
Upon joining the Pacific Forum as a fellow, Catherine was made a part of its Young Leaders program. The Young Leaders program provides a way for students and young professionals studying or working in the field the chance to attend Pacific Forum conferences as observers, thereby gain experience at these events, and meet current practitioners.