Natasha Kassam is a Research Fellow in the Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program, directing the annual Lowy Institute Poll. Natasha’s other research interests include Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy, China’s domestic politics, Taiwan, and Australia-China relations. Natasha worked at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for nine years, most recently to draft the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Prior to the White Paper Taskforce, Natasha was a diplomat in China from 2013 to 2017, where she reported on human rights, law reform, Xinjiang and Tibet. Natasha was a law and justice advisor to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in Honiara from 2011 to 2012. She has also previously worked at the University of Sydney’s Sydney Centre for International Law and the law firm Clayton Utz. Natasha provides regular commentary to Australian and international media outlets including CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Guardian and the ABC. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney and speaks Mandarin.