Michelle Verbeek is currently working as the Program Editor for Women in Security at the NATO Association of Canada. Michelle recently graduated from McMaster University with an Honours BA in Urban Geography and Political Science. During her studies, Michelle undertook research projects on the Toronto condominium market as well as territorial issues in the South China Sea. After graduating, Michelle continued her research focus on maritime security issues through an internship at the South China Sea Think Tank. Through her position at the NATO Association of Canada, Michelle intends to publish articles and contribute the organization’s wealth of knowledge on China’s Belt Road Initiative and the Maritime Silk Road. Her additional research interests include: political economy of oil, defence procurement, and conflict negotiation. Following the completion of her role at the NATO Association of Canada, Michelle will be pursuing a Masters Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the fall of 2018.