2012 Fellow Spotlight: Phil Lai

Name: Phil Lai
Home Institution: Brown University
Major: International Relations and Human Biology

“The Davis Fellowship at CNS is an incredible opportunity to really immerse yourself in the field of nonproliferation studies. I came in not knowing what to expect, but quickly discovered that nonproliferation is one of those fields that is so broad that there’s literally something for everyone. The center itself is an outstanding resource, and everyone is really friendly and approachable. Monterey, of course, is absolutely gorgeous…I never thought I’d get sick of kayaking through kelp forests with sea lions but I almost did. My experience here this summer gave me my first good look at the intersection between policy and academia, and helped me start thinking about security in a whole different way.”