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Faculty & Research

Associate Professor
Dr Alan Chong Chia Siong


Education

  • B Soc Sci (NUS)
  • MSc Pol. Theory (LSE)
  • Ph.D. Int. Relations (LSE)

Research Interests

  • Theorising by Southeast Asians on the international politics and security of their region (from pre-theorising to constructivist approaches). The Role of International Communication in international relations. (Momentary focus is on the thinkers of the Interwar Years and propaganda aspects of ‘Global Cities’) Singapore's foreign policy within the context of international communication.

Selected Publications:

BOOKS/MONOGRAPHS AUTHORED

Foreign Policy in Global Information Space: Actualizing Soft Power  ( New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

JOURNAL ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

1. ‘The Post-International Challenge to Foreign Policy: Signposting “ Plus Non-State” Politics’, Review of International Studies 28 (2002): 783-795.

2. ‘Singaporean Foreign Policy and the Asian Values Debate, 1992-2000: Reflections on an Experiment in Soft Power’, The Pacific Review 17, no.1 (2004): 95-133.

3. ‘Classical Realism and the Tension between Sovereignty and Intervention: Constructions of Expediency from Machiavelli, Hobbes and Bodin’, Journal of International Relations and Development 8, no.3 (2005): 257-286.

4. ‘Southeast Asia: Theory between Modernization and Tradition’; ‘Special Issue on Asian International Relations Theory’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 7, no.3 (2007):391-425.

5. ‘Lessons in International Communication: E.H.Carr, Norman Angell and Walter Lippmann on Human Nature, Public Opinion and Leadership’, Review of International Studies 33, no.4 (2007): 615-635.

6. [with Natasha Hamilton-Hart] ‘Teaching International Relations in Southeast Asia: Historical Memory, Academic Context, and Politics – An Introduction’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 9, no.1 (2009): 1-18.

POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY OF SINGAPORE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF ASIA

1. ‘Analysing Singapore’s Foreign Policy in the 1990s and Beyond: Limitations of the Small State Approach’, Asian Journal of Political Science 6, no.1 (June 1998): 95-119.

2. ‘2002: Globalised Political Anxiety’, in Yap Mui Teng (ed.), Singapore Perspectives 2003 ( Singapore: IPS/Eastern Universities Press, 2003), pp.45-59.

3. ‘Southeast Asian Regionalism and Identity in the Early Twenty-First Century: A Sceptical Perspective’ in Park Sa-Myung and Supachai Yavaprabhas (eds.), Regional Cooperation and Identity Building in East Asia. In the Age of Post-Cold War Globalization ( Seoul: Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies in conjunction with ASEAN University Network and the Tradition and Modernity Publisher, 2003), pp.56-76.

4. ‘Singaporean Foreign Policy and the Asian Values Debate, 1992-2000: Reflections on an Experiment in Soft Power’, The Pacific Review 17, no.1 (2004): 95-133.

5. ‘Singapore’s Foreign Policy Beliefs as “Abridged Realism”: Pragmatic and Liberal Prefixes in the Foreign Policy Thought of Rajaratnam, Lee, Koh and Mahbubani’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 6, no. 2 (2006): 269-306.

6. ‘Singapore’s Relations with Taiwan 1965-2005: from Cold War Coalition to Friendship under Beijing’s Veto’ in Ho Khai Leong and Hou Kok Chung (eds.), Ensuring Interests: the Dynamics of China-Taiwan Relations and Southeast Asia ( Kuala Lumpur: Institute of China Studies & University of Malaya, 2006), pp.177-200.  

7. ‘Southeast Asia: Theory between Modernization and Tradition’; ‘Special Issue on Asian International Relations Theory’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 7, no.3 (2007):391-425.

8. ‘Singapore’s Political Economy 1997-2007: Strategizing Economic Assurance for Globalization’, Asian Survey 47, no.6 (November/December 2007): 952-976.

9. ‘Asian Contributions on Democratic Dignity and Responsibility: Rizal, Sukarno and Lee on Guided Democracy’, East Asia: an International Quarterly 25, no.3 (2008): 243-265. [Spare hard copy offprints available from the author – while stocks last.]

10. [with Natasha Hamilton-Hart] ‘Teaching International Relations in Southeast Asia: Historical Memory, Academic Context, and Politics – An Introduction’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 9, no.1 (2009): 1-18.

11. [with See Seng Tan] ‘Teaching International Relations in Singapore 1956-2008: from Supporting Development to Global City Aspirations?’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 9, no.1 (2009): 19-54.

 

Professional Activities

While previously serving at the National University of Singapore, Alan Chong taught courses as varied as International Relations theory, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, the International Politics of Communication, the Study of War, International Political Theory, as well as the Politics and Foreign Policy of Singapore. Along the way, he has developed some secondary interests in the foreign policies of Southeast Asian states, the Vatican City State, and assorted Latin American states.

Alan Chong attends conferences at the International Conference of Asian Scholars, the European Standing Group on IR, and the International Studies Association.

In terms of media interaction, he has been interviewed by Lianhe Zaobao, Asahi Shimbun, Reuters, VOA-Asia, Today, Malaysiakini.com, Newsradio 938, The Straits Times and occasionally, The New Paper.

He was also a frequent guest judge at the Raffles Junior College Economics and Current Affairs Quiz and has delivered talks at other Junior Colleges.

 


 

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