Aurelie Basha is a PhD Candidate in International History at the London School of Economics where she is looking at withdrawal plans from the Vietnam War under the Kennedy and Nixon administrations. This topic was inspired by her interest in the intersection of policy and history.
Aurelie was an undergraduate in International Relations and History at LSE (1999-2002) and a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School where she completed a Masters in Public Policy specialising in International Security and Political Economics (2004-2006).
She has worked at NATO, in the think-tank world (at the Center for Defense Information and the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies) and in philanthropy, at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation. She has also done shorter projects for the British Red Cross and for the European Commission’s Delegation to Burma/Myanmar, and was a trainee at the Belgian Embassy in Vietnam.
In addition to her focus on defense and security issues, Aurelie is interested in the human rights agenda and the evolution and politics of international criminal law. During her free time, Aurelie is passionate about meeting new people, travelling (her best trip yet was to Iran in May 2010), reading and tennis.