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Hanah Bloom

Hello, my name is Hanah Bloom, and I had the wonderful privilege of being the Summer 2023 NEXT Alliance Initiative Intern at Sasakawa USA. I am a rising senior at Miami University of Ohio, double majoring in political science and philosophy with a minor in Japanese. I fostered an interest in U.S.-Japan relations and the Asia-Pacific region through my campus’s Asian American Association, volunteering with the International Model United Nations Association, and studying as an exchange student at Kansai Gaidai University. I am also a heritage learner with a family proudly coming from Suminoe, Osaka.

While assisting Sasakawa USA Senior Director Jim Schoff and Associate Program Officer Erim Gulum, I researched U.S. cybersecurity operations, including efforts to assist global allies in strengthening cyber defense. I was happy to help make progress on NEXT’s cyber mapping tool for U.S.-Japan bilateral cooperation. I also assisted with compiling a history of the alliance’s command and control structure. Through this research, I enjoyed sifting through fascinating source materials at the Library of Congress, exercising my translation skills, and learning more about the evolution of security communications between the U.S. and Japan. I also enjoyed helping with the bimonthly Alliance Digest, where I honed my writing abilities and maintained a consistent pulse on U.S.-Japan issues.

The knowledge I acquired and the skills I developed with Jim and Erim are invaluable. I am incredibly grateful for such patient and professional colleagues who helped me make the most of my D.C. internship opportunity. It is hard to say yet exactly what I will do after graduation next year. I am looking at master’s programs, research fellowships, and other opportunities that will allow me to continue security work. Undoubtedly, the NEXT team has supported my growth and provided me with meaningful guidance for my career goals. The entire Sasakawa USA family was always welcoming, kind, and encouraging in my work. I will miss the whole office dearly, and it was such an honor to work alongside them. Thank you so much for everything!

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