Alliance 21 Fellowship
The Alliance 21 Fellowship was established by the Perth USAsia Centre, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the United States Department of State to foster multi-disciplinary policy-oriented learning between the US and Australia. The program involves a 3 to 10 month exchange of senior scholars and policy analysts between Australia and the US. During the fellowships, Alliance 21 Fellows conduct policy-related research on strategic opportunities and challenges facing the Australia-U.S. Alliance in the Indo-Pacific.
Ben Flatgard is the 2017 Alliance 21 Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Ben previously served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2017. In his most recent post as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, Ben was responsible for leading policy cybersecurity development related to protection of critical infrastructure and emerging technologies.
Richard Fontaine was the Alliance 21 Program Fellow at the United States Studies Centre from July to August 2016. Fontaine is the President of the Center for a New American Security. Previously, Fontaine was a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years and has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.