EAS Alumna Diana Sweet
Diana Sweet graduated from SUNY Albany with a double major in East Asian Studies and Russian in May, 2007. As part of her BA degree, under the supervision of Dr. James Hargett she completed an honor's thesis, titled, "China, Russia and the Geoeconomics of Oil." The thesis aided Diana in securing a job after graduation at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven as Immigration Specialist. After gaining invaluable work experience, she left behind her close friends and colleagues to pursue the beginning of her graduate studies at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. The program focused on Russia and Central Asia and was very open to topics that interested Diana, including the civil unrest that swept through Xinjiang Province in the summer of 2009 and more generally the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a new international forum seeking to incorporate the interests of China, Russia and most of the Central Asian Republics. With the assistance of a Russian professor from the European University, she published an article in the Russian journal, <ECO>, in November 2010 about the limitations and potential of energy relations within the Sino-Russian strategic partnership. Upon having returned from the European University last summer, Diana began a new chapter in her academic career, pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in which her major field is comparative politics. In the fall 2010 semester Diana had the opportunity to intern at the Kennan Institute, a part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on a project pertaining to identity in Transdnistria and Moldova and most recently accepted a position at the U.S.-China Policy Foundation in Washington, D.C.
March 16, 2011