Speaker's Biographies

Charles K. Armstrong
The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History; Director, Center for Korean Research, Columbia University

Professor Armstrong’s latest book is Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1992 (Cornell University Press, 2013). He is also writing the Modern East Asia volume for the Wiley-Blackwell series Concise History of the Modern World, to be published in 2014. His next research project is concerned with trans-Pacific Cold War culture and U.S.-East Asian relations. Professor Armstrong teaches courses on Korean history, U.S.-East Asia relations, the Vietnam War, and approaches to international and global history. He is a frequent commentator in the U.S. and foreign mass media on contemporary Korean, East Asian, and Asian-American affairs. Professor Armstrong received his BA from Yale in 1984, MA from the London School of Economics in 1988, and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1994.  He has taught at Princeton, the University of Washington, and Seoul National University, and joined the Columbia faculty in 1996.


Shiro Armstrong
Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University; Editor, East Asia Forum; Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research

Shiro’s research interests include the interaction of economics and politics in East Asia and South Asia and international economic policy. He founded and is the editor of the East Asia Forum and the East Asia Forum Quarterly magazine. He is the recipient of the Gary Saxonhouse Prize at Columbia University and is a Research Associate of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University. He is been the recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship, a Japan Foundation Fellowship and a Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) Fellowship. His publications include four edited books: The Politics and Economics of Integration in Asia and the Pacific (Routledge); International Institutions and Asian Development (with Vo Tri Tran, Routledge); Financing Higher Education in East Asia (with Bruce Chapman, ANU E Press); Asian Financial Integration: Impacts of the Global Crisis and Options for Regional Policies, (with Yiping Huang, Routledge). He has been a visiting fellow at Tokyo University, Harvard University and the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University. His PhD is from ANU in 2009.


Edward Aspinall
Professor of Political and Social Change, School of Political, International and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Professor Aspinall is a specialist on the politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. He has authored two books, Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance and Regime Change in Indonesia (2005) and Islam and Nation: Separatist Rebellion in Aceh, Indonesia (2009) and edited a further seven. Most of his research has been on democratization, ethnic politics and civil society in Indonesia. His current research projects focus on the role of ethnicity in everyday politics in Indonesia and money politics in Southeast Asia.


Robert J. Barnett
Director, Modern Tibet Studies Program, Columbia University; Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Tibetan Studies, Columbia University

Professor Barnett founded and directs the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia, the first Western teaching program in this field. His most recent books are Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field, with Ronald Schwartz (Brill) and Lhasa: Streets with Memories (Columbia University Press). His articles include studies of modern Tibetan history, post-1950 leaders in Tibet, Tibetan cinema and TV, women and politics in Tibet, and contemporary exorcism rituals. He teaches courses on Tibetan film and television, history, contemporary culture, oral history, and other subjects. From 2000 to 2006 he ran the annual summer program for foreign students at Tibet University in Lhasa and taught there. He is a frequent commentator on Tibet and nationality issues in China for the BBC, CNN, NPR, CBS, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other media. He runs a number of educational projects in Tibet, including training programs in ecotourism and conservation. 


Myron L. Cohen
Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Professor Cohen is working on three book projects, all focusing on the Meinong (Minong) region in southern Taiwan. Minong’s Contracts: Illustrations, Transcriptions, Translations, Commentary, and Narrative is the first of his planned books, while second is Minong in Late Imperial China: Local Society and the Reach of the State. The third project involves revising and expanding his early book House United, House Divided: The Chinese Family in Taiwan, so as to include consideration of changes in family life during the more than 45 years that have passed since he conducted the fieldwork upon which the original book was based.

Professor Cohen’s most recent publications include Kinship, Contract, Community, and State: Anthropological Perspectives on China (Stanford University Press); “House United, House Divided: Myths and Realities, Then and Now,” in House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese (University of Hawaii Press); and “Writs of Passage in Late Imperial China: The Documentation of Practical Understandings in Minong, Taiwan,” in Contract and Property in Late Imperial and Republican China, ed. Madeleine Zelin, Robert Gardella, and Jonathan Ocko (Stanford University Press).

Professor Cohen received his PhD in anthropology from Columbia in 1967, after having joined the Columbia faculty in 1966.


Gerald L. Curtis
Burgess Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science; Director, Toyota Research Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Recognized as a leading scholar on modern Japanese politics and foreign policy and U.S. policy toward Japan and East Asia, Professor Curtis has an extensive list of publications in both English and Japanese. His classes at Columbia have covered Japanese politics, Japanese foreign policy, democracy in East Asia, U.S. policy in East Asia, and comparative political party analysis.  He is the author of The Logic of Japanese Politics (Columbia University Press) and numerous other books and articles on Japanese politics, government, and foreign policy and U.S.-Japan relations.  In the spring of 2008 his memoir written in Japanese, Seiji To Sanma: Nihon To Kurashite 45Nen (Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living With Japan), was published by Nikkei BP. In 2009, Columbia University Press issued a paperback version with a new introduction of his classic study of Japanese politics, Election Campaigning Japanese Style. Professor is a frequent commentator on current events in publications and on television in Japan, the United States, and other countries. He divides his time between New York and Tokyo where he is affiliated with the Tokyo Foundation.

He is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors including the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, and the Japan Foundation Award. In 2004, Professor Curtis was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan.  Professor Curtis is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the board of directors of the Japan Society, the Japan Center for International Exchange (USA) and also serves as advisor to numerous public and private organizations in the United States and Japan. Professor Curtis received his PhD from Columbia in 1969 and, in the same year, joined the faculty. He served as director of the East Asian Institute for a total of twelve years between 1973 and 1991.


Yosef Djakababa
Director and co-founder of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies-Indonesia (CSEAS-I); Adjunct Faculty at Faculty of Humanities (Fakultas Ilmu Budaya) University of Indonesia

Dr Djakababa has taught Southeast Asian history at UW-Madison and also Indonesian language for the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI). He has done extensive research using oral and written sources at Cornell University, Indonesian National Archives (ANRI) and various private collections in Jakarta and The United States. He has published some of his essays and book reviews in The Jakarta Post, The Van Zorge Report and Journal of Asian Studies. His research interests include modern Indonesia and Southeast Asian history, colonial period, national revolutions, military, cold war, authoritarianism and 1950's and 60's Indonesian social history. Born in Bogor but raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Yosef received his Bachelor degree from Washington State University in Pullman, WA U.S.A. in 1998 majoring in Asian History with minor in Business. He continued pursuing his graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A where he earned an MA in Southeast Asian Studies (2001), MA in History (2003) and Ph.D. in History (Southeast Asia) in 2009. His dissertation was titled: “The Construction of History Under Indonesia’s New Order: The Making of the Lubang Buaya Official Narrative.”


Nicholas Farrelly
Research Fellow, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Dr. Farrelly’s primary academic interests are founded in the long-term study of Southeast Asian societies and politics. After graduating from the ANU with First Class Honours and the University Medal, he completed Masters and Doctoral theses at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has been especially committed to the study of ethnic minority issues in Myanmar’s borderlands. In 2006 he co-founded an academic website called New Mandala. Based at the ANU, it provides daily analysis of social, cultural and political issues in the Southeast Asian region, with particular attention to Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.  Dr. Farrelly is also a regular contributor to the media with dozens of published analytical articles, including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian. In 2011 he was appointed to a new academic post in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the ANU where he convenes the undergraduate teaching program in Peace, Conflict and War Studies. In 2012 he received an Australian Research Council fellowship for a three-year study of Myanmar’s political cultures “in transition”. He commences this project in June 2013.


Tyrell Haberkorn
Research Fellow, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Dr. Haberkorn’s work is located at the intersection of academic and activist work about the histories and present of state repression and violations of human rights in Thailand. Her first book, Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2011. Her work has also appeared in Critical Asian Studies, An magazine, and Stance and she is a regular contributor of articles and translations to Prachatai. Funded by an Australian Discovery Council Early Career Researcher Award, she is presently writing a history of impunity for state violence in Thailand since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.  She is also working on a set of critical and creative pieces comparing gender, sedition, and political prisoners in the U.S., South Africa and Thailand.


Paul D. Hutchcroft
Professor of Political and Social Change, Director of the School of International, Political, and Strategic Studies, The Australian National University

Paul Hutchcroft is the founding Director of the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies (IPS) and Professor of Political and Social Change in the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific. He is a scholar of comparative and Southeast Asian politics with particular research interests in state formation and territorial politics, the politics of patronage, political reform and democratic quality, state-society relations, structures of governance, political economy, and corruption. In addition to Booty Capitalism: The Politics of Banking in the Philippines (Cornell 1998), his work includes articles published in Governance, Government and Opposition, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Democracy, Journal of East Asian Studies, Philippine Review of Economics, Political Studies, TRaNS, and World Politics as well as chapters in edited volumes published by Cambridge, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Oxford, Wisconsin, the Asia Society, and Freedom House. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled The Power of Patronage:  Capital and Countryside in the Philippines from 1900 to 2010 and undertaking a major new collaborative project on “money politics” in four Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand).


Merit E. Janow
Professor of International Economic Law and International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs; Director, Program in International Finance and Economic Policy; Co-Director, APEC Study Center, Columbia University

Professor Janow is a leading expert in international trade and investment with extensive experience in academia, government and business, with life-long experience in the Asia-Pacific region. She teaches graduate courses in international economic and trade policy at SIPA, and teaches international trade law and comparative/international antitrust law at Columbia Law School. Previously, she was director of the master’s program in international affairs. She chaired Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, which is responsible for advising the University Trustees on ethical and social issues that arise in the management of the endowment.

From 2003 to 2007, Professor Janow was a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. She was the only North American member and the first woman to serve on that body, which hears final appeals in international trade disputes. During her tenure there, she reviewed more than 25 appeals on agricultural subsidies, trade remedies, goods and services and environmental measures, among other areas. She is a board member of several corporations and nonprofit institutions and has served as an arbitrator in investor-state disputes.

Professor Janow served as executive director of an international antitrust advisory committee to the U.S. Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the Department of Justice from 1997 to 2000. From 1989 to 1993 she was a deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China, where she was responsible for all bilateral trade issues between the U.S. and those two nations. Early in her career she practiced law at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York.

Professor Janow is a graduate of Columbia Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Michigan. She is fluent in Japanese and is the author of several books and numerous articles.  Effective July 1, 2013, she will be appointed as the next dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).


Lia Kent
Research Fellow, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, The Australian National University

Dr. Lia Kent’s interests include the politics of post-conflict peace-building and transitional justice in Timor Leste, where she has worked and conducted research since 2000. She is the author of The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor (Routledge: 2012) and has also published in journals including Human Rights Quarterly and the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Her current research project explores how ordinary East Timorese are rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the conflict, including how locally grounded practices and priorities may resonate with, or unsettle, official nation-building agendas. Lia regularly undertakes consultancy work in Timor Leste and, from 2000-2002, she worked as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor. Lia received her PhD in Socio-legal studies at the University of Melbourne in 2010.


Prajak Kongkirati 
Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University

Prajak Kongkirati is lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University and is the executive board member of the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Science and Humanities textbooks Project, Thailand. He is also the committee member of Thammasat Peace Information Center, and editorial board of the Journal of Political Science of Thammasat University. He has been involved in many research projects and has published widely in the field of Thai politics, conflict and violence, party and electoral politics, democratization, and social movements. His comments on Thai politics have regularly appeared in many Thai-language newspapers, as well as the Bangkok Post, the Nation, New York Times, and other media. His book, And Then The Movement Emerged: Cultural Politics of Thai Students and Intellectuals Movements before the October 14 Uprising (Thammasat University Press, 2005), received the Toyota Foundation’s Best Book award of 2005 in the field of social sciences in Thailand. Prajak received his MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, and Ph.D. from the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU in 2013, with a dissertation titled “Bosses, Bullets and Ballots: Electoral Violence and Democracy in Thailand, 1975-2011.” His study was supported by the AusAID Australian Leadership Award (ALA). His latest book is The Not-So-Bloody Election: Violence, Democracy and the Historic July 3, 2011 Election (Kobfai, 2013).


Herman Joseph S. Kraft
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines at Diliman, Quezon City, The Philippines

Herman Kraft is Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines. He is also currently the President of the Philippine Political Science Association. He has published articles and book chapters on issues concerning ASEAN, regional security in Southeast Asia, security sector reform, and intra-state conflict in the Philippines.


Xiaobo Lü
Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

Xiaobo Lü is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and is the Founding Director of Columbia Global Center|East Asia which he ran between 2008 and 2010. He is a former director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University (2004-2006). Professor Lü teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, and comparative politics. He has published widely on these subjects and consults for business firms, civic groups, and government agencies. His most recent book, with Thomas Bernstein, is on political and economic changes in the Chinese countryside, Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China (Cambridge University Press).  His new book, From Player to Referee: Politics of the Rise of the Regulatory State in China, is forthcoming. He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100, and the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He is a regular commentator on China and U.S.-China relations on PBS, CNN, BBC, and NPR and has delivered speeches and briefings to organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Foundation, the Asia Society, World Affairs Council, National Committee on United States-China Relations, American Center for International Leadership, Asia Society, the China Institute of America, and the Japan Society. Xiaobo Lü received his PhD degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.


Andrew MacIntyre
Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; Director, Research School of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Andrew MacIntyre is Professor of Political Science. His current research projects include a multi-author study of Asian regional institutions and an assessment of the trajectory for democracy in Southeast Asia. Recent past projects include an edited book on the political economy of East Asia 10 years after the financial crisis (Cornell University Press 2008); a review of the state of knowledge on the rule of law and development (Annual Review Political Science, 2008); and a policy paper on current developments in Indonesia and their implications for Australia (Australian Strategic Policy Institute 2008). Prior to his joining the ANU, he was a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Professor MacIntyre was the founder of the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership and sits on the Board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Foundation – Australia, Honorary ACT President of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), and a member of the Board of the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. He is also a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is the recipient of the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for contributions to the promotion of relations between Japan and Australia (2006) and the Presidential Friends of Indonesia award (2010). He has served as a consultant to government institutions and companies in Australia, the United States and China as well as international agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat.


Duncan McCargo
Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Professor of Southeast Asian Politics, University of Leeds

Duncan McCargo’s interests include mass protests, the political role of media, subnational conflicts and the politics of justice. Best known for his agenda-setting contributions to current debates on the politics of Thailand, he also lived in or researched on Cambodia, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. During the summer of 1997 he was a visiting fellow at CSIS in Jakarta. McCargo has spent several years conducting fieldwork in Thailand, including 2005-06 studying the insurgency in Pattani, and 2012 in Bangkok conducting participant-observation research in courts and police stations. Throughout 2013 he is based at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

McCargo’s ninth book, Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell University Press) won the Asia Society’s inaugural Bernard Schwartz Book Prize for 2009. His latest book is Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand’s Southern Conflict (NIAS Press). He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Thai studies by Mahasarakham University in 2010. He currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2011-14) for his project on justice and politics.


Katherine Morton
Associate Dean for Research, College of Asia and the Pacific; Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Political, International and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Dr Morton’s research focuses on the nexus between China’s domestic politics and international relations with a particular focus upon non-traditional security, global governance, international norms, environment and climate change, and civil society. Her current book project aims to assess the likely impacts of China’s rising international status upon the evolving system of global governance. She is also leading a major international research collaborative project on ‘Water Security, Climate Risks, and Adaptation at the Third Pole’ (Tibetan Plateau and Greater Himalayas) working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and partner organizations in India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Previously, she was the chief investigator in two Ford Foundation collaborative projects on Sino-Australian security relations. Her recent publications include ‘China and the Future of International Norms’ Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 22 June 2011, Climate Change and Security at the Third Pole', Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 53(1) February-March 2011,  ‘China and the Global Environment: Learning from the Past, Anticipating the Future’, Lowy Institute Paper 2009, and International Aid and China’s Environment: Taming the Yellow Dragon, Routledge Studies on China and Transition, Routledge, London and New York, 2005. She has provided numerous policy briefings in Australia, the United States, England, Japan, and China, and is the Secretary General of a Chinese NGO.


Ann Marie Murphy
Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University; Associate Professor, John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy & International Relations, Seton Hall University

Professor Murphy’s research interests include political change and international politics in Southeast Asia, U.S. foreign policy toward the region, and the rise of nontraditional security challenges such as climate change and infectious disease. Her current book project, Democratization, Globalization and Indonesian Foreign Policy, is supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation. Professor Murphy is co-editor of Legacies of Change in Southeast Asia (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), and her articles have appeared in journals such as Asia Policy, Asian Security, PS: Political Science & Politics, Contemporary Southeast Asia, and Orbis.  Professor Murphy monitored Indonesia’s first direct presidential election as a member of the Carter Center delegation and was named the American Representative to the 2008 Presidential Friends of Indonesia Delegation.  Professor Murphy serves as co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Contemporary Southeast Asia and previously taught at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Barnard College.  She is a frequent commentator on Southeast Asian affairs and consultant to U.S. government agencies and think tanks.  

Dr. Murphy received her PhD in political science from Columbia University.


Andrew J. Nathan
Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Professor Nathan is chair of the administrative committee of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and chair of the Morningside Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Columbia. He served as chair of the Department of Political Science (2003–2006) chair of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2002–2003) and director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (1991–1995). Off campus, he is co-chair of the board at Human Rights in China, a member of the boards of Freedom House and of the National Endowment for Democracy, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, Asia, which he chaired from 1995 to 2000. He is a member of the steering committee of the Asian Barometer Surveys, the regular Asia and Pacific book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy, The Journal of Contemporary China, China Information, and others. He does frequent interviews for the print and electronic media, has advised on several documentaries on China and has consulted for business and government.

Professor Nathan’s most recent publication is China’s Search for Security, coauthored with Andrew Scobell (Columbia University Press). His next projects are a coedited volume called Ambivalent Democrats, whichanalyzes data from the Asian Barometer Surveys, and a single-author study of sources of political legitimacy in Asia. His research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and others. Professor Nathan received his BA from Harvard University in 1963; MA in 1965; and PhD in Political Science in 1971. He has taught at Columbia University since 1971.


Benjamin Reilly
Director, Policy and Governance Program, Professor of Political Science, The Australian National University

Research interests/expertise, Democracy and democratization,  Elections and electoral systems, Australian foreign policy and regional security in the South Pacific,  Ethnic conflict and conflict management, Governance and development in Asia-Pacific.

Current projects, Democratization and political engineering in the Asia-Pacific, Post-conflict democracy, Political parties in divided societies, China in Asia and the Pacific,  Electoral system design and conflict management, Political reform and ethnic conflict in South-East Asia and the South Pacific


Yongwook Ryu
Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, School of Political & International Studies, The Australian National University

Yongwook Ryu specializes in IR theory, the international relations of East Asia, identity politics, regionalization, and the foreign policies of China, Japan, and Korea. His doctoral work develops an original concept – identity distance – and shows how changes in identity distance affect various security issues such as the level of conflict, threat perception, and security cooperation. He is currently revising the dissertation for a book manuscript and working on two other projects: North Korea and the effect of identity on audience costs. For five years, he led the Security Workshop for Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, a student organization based at Harvard.

Research interests include: IR theory; Korea, Japan, China and ASEAN; East Asian international relations; identity politics; regionalization.


William T. Tow
Professor of International Relations, Head of the International Relations Department, School of Political, International and Strategic Studies College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Professor Tow directs ANU’s security component of the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security. He has also co-managed the ANU’s project on cross-comparing bilateral and multilateral security approaches in the Asia-Pacific as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Asian Security Initiative (ASI).  He has authored or edited twenty volumes or monographs and over one hundred journal articles or book chapters on various aspects of Asian security relations and alliance politics. His latest co-edited works are Bilateral Perspectives on Regional Security: Australia, Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region (with Rikki Kersten/Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Bilateralism, Multilateralism and Asia-Pacific Security (with Brendan Taylor/Routledge, 2013). His books on Asia-Pacific Strategic Relations: Seeking Convergent Security (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific: A Regional–Global Nexus? (Editor, Cambridge University Press, 2009) have become standard sources for analysts and students working on these issues.  He has served on the Foreign Affairs Council of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Board of Directors for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and was Editor for the Australian Journal of International Affairs (2001-2007).  He is series co-editor for the Routledge Security in the Asia Pacific Series.


Hugh White
Professor of Strategic Studies, School of International, Political, and Strategic Studies, The Australian National University

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defense policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, and global strategic affairs especially as they influence Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He has served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defense Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defense, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence, and as the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). In the 1970s he studied philosophy at Melbourne and Oxford Universities. His recent publications include ‘The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power’, Black Inc., Melbourne Australia, ‘Power Shift: Rethinking Australia’s Place in the Asian Century, Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 65, no.1, 2011, and ‘Australia’s Different Defense Policy’ Survival, vol.51, no.5, 2009.



Intersections of Power, Politics, and Conflict in Asia
June 18-20, 2013
Jl. Tanah Abang III, No-23-27,
Jakarta, Jawa Barat 10160

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