Macroeconomics and international relations, Asian studies.
Ray Hervandi is Project Assistant at the East-West Center in Washington, specializing in the economic and political analysis of Asia. He is involved in the production and publication of research projects such as the Asia Matters for America initiative and its country-specific issues. A student of both East Asia and the Middle East, he has previously researched and assisted in publications on topics as diverse as Japanese nationalism, Sino-Vietnamese relations, Iranian domestic politics, and Turkish foreign policy in Central Asia.
An Indonesian, Mr. Hervandi holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, where he studied economics, foreign affairs, and chemistry, and a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University, where he concentrated on macroeconomics and international relations. He speaks fluent Indonesian, German, and Japanese, and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Turkish. In his free time, he is an aficionado of Japanese contemporary literature and a novice to the Persian language.