Rachael Burton is a Research Associate at the Project 2049 Institute. She received her BA in International Affairs with a minor in Chinese at the George Washington University, where she studied nontraditional security in East and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Institute, Rachael spent two years as a Teach for China fellow, where she taught secondary school English at a remote rural village in China's Yunnan Province. Previously, she interned at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and the National Bureau of Asian Research, where she supported events, social media and communications, as well as provided research on energy security and U.S. engagement with ASEAN. She currently conducts research and analysis on the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign policy and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Rachael is a U.S. citizen born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She reads and speaks Chinese.