George Wong

George Koichi Wong

Office Coordinator

George Wong joined OEF in July of 2020 and is the office coordinator for Our Secure Future. He studied International Relations and Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, and received a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. His educational interests varied from public education policy to nuclear nonproliferation, before finally settling at international human rights law. While at Georgetown, he spent a summer interning at the Pat Finucane Centre in Northern Ireland, a human rights organization, where he produced social media content on human rights violations against civilians and prisoners of war during the Troubles and their legal consequences. He also had the privilege of participating in a study trip to Malta, where he facilitated a discussion with law students at the University of Malta on the intersection of migration and human rights law, among other things. For his master’s thesis, he produced a report for ICITAP on Ukraine’s maritime border security in the Black Sea, based on research and interviews with US and Ukrainian officials. His previous work experience includes internships at the World Faiths Development Dialogue, the Wilson Center, and the National Immigration Forum. His passion and career goals are to realize a world where human rights are truly universal and the use of force by any actor, state or non-state, is no longer a legitimate, profitable, or realistic function of international relations. 

George is fluent in Japanese and English, and studied Russian in undergrad. As a San Francisco native living in DC, (before COVID) he enjoyed visiting new cafes, exploring urban spaces that are car-free and car-optional, and ranting about land-use and zoning restrictions in the US. Under COVID lockdown, he is refocusing his attention on improving his espresso game, cooking his favorite restaurant meals at home, and reading for leisure.


Gender-neutral, gender-blind, data bias, WPS, Urban Planning, infrastructure, systemic bias

Lessons From Gender-Blind Infrastructure

May 17, 2021
The lessons from how a lack of women in the urban planning and infrastructure fields equally apply to the WPS agenda in international peace and security.
WPS foreign policy United States middle class

Gender Analysis: The Best Tool for American Foreign Policy for the Middle Class

February 23, 2021
How can WPS impact the Biden administration’s new orientation of foreign policy for the American middle class?
Julia Bacha TedTalk

TEDTalk Tuesday: Julia Bacha

November 09, 2020
The stories we tell (or don’t tell) in political movements are critical in whether or not a movement will be successful. Listen to what Julia Bacha has to say.
Curb cuts

The Curb-cut Effect in Peace and Security: Why Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Benefits Everyone

October 30, 2020
First blog from our new team member, George Wong! What similarities are there between curb cut-outs and WPS? How does this affect security? Read more to find out!