Ben Sando is a research fellow at the Taiwan NGO Doublethink Lab, investigating PRC foreign influence strategies for the China Index project. He is concurrently a student within the Georgetown University Master of Asian Studies program and took a leave of absence to carry out research in Taiwan.
Mr. Sando previously worked for two years in Seoul, South Korea, in research positions at the ROK National Assembly Research Service and the Yonsei Institute for Sinology. He is proficient in Korean and pursuing fluency in Mandarin. A dual US-UK citizen, Mr. Sando grew up in London before moving to California to earn a BA in international relations at Stanford University.
As a GTI Scholar, Mr. Sando will perform an ethnographic study of Taiwan’s vibrant civil society operating in the national security space. He will collect material and interview other civil society organizations to uncover the origins of Taiwanese activism in national security policy, the systems that support it, and the manner in which it complements Taiwanese government functions.