George is a Research Fellow in Geopolitics and Regionalism, at the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU), having completed a PhD on multilateral consensus decision and the involvement of Pacific island states in climate change negotiations. His current research interests focuses on foreign policy making in the Pacific islands and their relationship with Australia; as well as the geopolitical security interests in the region around climate change and environment, human security and cyber-security. George completed a Masters of Arts in International Relations with Honours, and a Masters of Diplomacy at ANU under an Australian Awards scholarship, and subsequently received the Prime Minister’s Australia Pacific and the DPA Pacific Scholar Award. He is also a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Pacific Studies. Prior coming to Australia, he was the Political Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Apia. His research and teaching interests are a combination of his education and work life as well as his upbringing in Samoa (within an extended family of Samoan, Tuvaluan, i-Kiribati, Chinese and British ancestry). He is matai, and holds the high chief title of Salā.