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Sarah Teo is Associate Research Fellow with the Regional Security Architecture Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Her research interests include multilateral security and defence cooperation in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific, middle powers in the Asia Pacific, South Korea’s foreign policy as well as the international relations of Northeast Asia. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including International Relations of the Asia-Pacific and Australian Journal of International Affairs, while her commentaries have been published in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and East Asia Forum. She was also a delegate to the Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI) from 2012 to 2015. She received her Master of Science (International Relations) from RSIS in 2012 and her Bachelor of Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University in 2009. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney.
Areas of Expertise
- Multilateral security and defence cooperation in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific
- Middle powers in the Asia Pacific
- South Korea’s foreign policy
- International relations of Northeast Asia
- Participant, Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI), since 2012
WP265 | South Korea’s Middle-Power Engagement Initiatives: Perspectives from Southeast Asia
28 July, 2013
WP245 | Dividing the Korean Peninsula: The Rhetoric of the George W. Bush Administration
14 August, 2012
The Future of the ADMM/ADMM-Plus and Defence Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific
23 February, 2016
Impact of the Sino-Japanese Competitive Relationship on ASEAN as a Region and Institution
24 December, 2014
Strategic Engagement in the Asia Pacific: The Future of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus)
21 August, 2013
South Korea's Defence Diplomacy in East Asia
01 December, 2013
CO17083 | Strengthening ASEAN-US Relations: Korean Peninsula as Conduit?
02 May, 2017
CO15234 | China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Summit: What does it mean for East Asia?
04 November, 2015
CO14079 | US Presence in Asia Pacific: Messages from Obama’s East Asia Tour
30 April, 2014
CO13078 | ASEAN Unity: From Word to Deed
26 April, 2013
CO13051 | Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: Will Park's Trustpolitik Work?
02 April, 2013
CO12226 | North Korea's Rocket Launch: Opportunity for Regional Cooperation?
13 December, 2012
CO12169 | ASEAN Centrality: Why it is Important for US and China
11 September, 2012
CO12135 | North Korea: Regime Reform or Cosmetic Change?
26 July, 2012
CO12115 | Japan-South Korea Military Cooperation: Implications for Northeast Asia
04 July, 2012
Cocq, Céline, and Sarah Teo. “Countering Terrorism: Challenges and Opportunities in ASEAN-EU Cooperation.” In Interregionalism and the European Union: A Post-Revisionist Approach to Europe's Place in a Changing World, edited by Mario Teló, Louise Fawcett and Frederik Ponjaert, pp. 175-191. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.
- Henrick Z. Tsjeng, Sarah Teo and Christabelle He, with Tan Seng Chye (ed). "Singapore's experience in response to disasters at national and regional levels". In NADI Joint Working Paper: Sharing Experiences in ASEAN HADR Management, pp.64-88; recommendations pp. 111-112. Bangkok: Strategic Studies Center, National Defence Studies Institute, 2015.
- Teo, Sarah. “Middle power identities of Australia and South Korea: comparing the Kevin Rudd/Julia Gillard and Lee Myung-bak administrations.” The Pacific Review (2017): 1-19.
Bhubhindar Singh, Sarah Teo & Benjamin Ho, "Rising Sino-Japanese competition: perspectives from South-East Asian elites", Australian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 71, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages 105-120, DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2016.1157849
- Teo, Sarah, Bhubhindar Singh and See Seng Tan. "Southeast Asian Perspectives on South Korea’s Middle Power Engagement Initiatives." Asian Survey 56, no. 3 (2016): 555-580.
- Teo, Sarah. "Dividing the Korean Peninsula: The Rhetoric of the George W. Bush Administration." The Journal of Defence and Security 6, no. 2 (2015): 1-17.
- Desker, Barry, Sarah Teo and Dylan Loh. "The ASEAN Regional Forum and its continued relevance." New Zealand International Review 40, no. 4 (2015): 17-20.
- Emmers, Ralf, and Sarah Teo. "Regional security strategies of middle powers in the Asia-Pacific." International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15, no. 2 (2015): 185-216. doi:10.1093/irap/lcu020.
- Teo, Sarah. "Debating ‘rules’, ‘order’ and ‘peace’ in the Asia-Pacific." Defense Advisers, 30 June 2017. https://www.defenseadvisers.com/general/debating-rules-order-peace-asia-pacific.
- Teo, Sarah. "Debating ‘rules’, ‘order’ and ‘peace’ in the Asia–Pacific." The Strategist, 28 June 2017. www.aspistrategist.org.au/debating-rules-order-peace-asia-pacific.
- Singh, Bhubhindar, and Sarah Teo. “ASEAN has an instrumental role in US-China power play." Channel NewsAsia, 8 May 2017. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-asean-has-an-instrumental-role-in-us-china-power-play-8826380.
- Ho, Shawn, and Sarah Teo. “After the ASEAN Summit, ASEAN should pay more attention to the North Korea threat.” Channel NewsAsia, 1 May 2017. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-after-the-asean-summit-asean-should-pay-more-8808228.
- Teo, Sarah. “The Strengths and Weaknesses of Asia’s 2 Major Defense Meetings.” The Diplomat, 21 March 2017. http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/the-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-asias-2-major-defense-meetings.
- Singh, Bhubhindar, Sarah Teo, and Benjamin Ho. "Sino-Japanese Competition and ASEAN." Australian Outlook, 9 January 2017. http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australian_outlook/sino-japanese-competition-and-asean.
- Teo, Sarah. "S Korea stuck between global ambitions and regional realities." Today, 11 August 2016. http://www.todayonline.com/commentary/s-korea-stuck-between-global-ambitions-and-regional-realities.
- Teo, Sarah. "South Korea stuck between global ambitions and regional realities", East Asia Forum, 9 Aug 2016.
- Teo, Sarah. Book review of North Korea-US Relations under Kim Jong Il: The Quest for Normalization? By Ramon Pacheco Pardo (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014). Pacific Affairs 89, no. 1 (2016): 191-193.
- Sarah Teo, "ADMM-dialogue partners informal meetings as a source of regional stability", PacNet # 82, Pacific Forum (CSIS), 25 February 2016.
- Sarah Teo, "What does the China–Japan–South Korea Trilateral Summit mean for East Asia?", East Asia Forum, 27 November 2015.
- Teo, Sarah. “Asian Powers Hold Renewed Talks: A New Start or Same Old?” The Diplomatist, April 2015. New Delhi: L.B. Associates (Pvt) Ltd.
- Ho, Benjamin, Bhubhindar Singh, and Sarah Teo. "ASEAN Chairmanship in 2015: Perspectives and Prospects", Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 298, 13 January 2015, http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/malaysia%E2%80%99s-asean-chairmanship-in-2015-perspectives-and-prospects.
- Teo, Sarah. "Seoul searching for a China–Japan diplomatic balance." East Asia Forum, December 13, 2014. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/13/seoul-searching-for-a-china-japan-diplomatic-balance/.
- Teo, Sarah. "South Korea’s Foreign Policy in 2013: Building Trust in East Asia." E-International Relations, February 6, 2014. Accessed May 25, 2014. http://www.e-ir.info/2014/02/06/south-koreas-foreign-policy-in-2013-building-trust-in-east-asia.
- Teo, Sarah. "Rocket launch offers an opportunity to cooperate." The Nation, December 19, 2012. Accessed May 25, 2014. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Rocket-launch-offers-an-opportunity-to-cooperate-30196361.html.
- Teo, Sarah. "N. Korean rocket launch could unite neighbours." The Straits Times, December 14, 2012.
- Teo, Sarah. "North Korea: Regime reform or just Cosmetic Change?" Lianhe Zaobao, August 2, 2012.
- Teo, Sarah. "North Korea: Regime reform or just Cosmetic Change?" The Nation, July 31, 2012. Accessed May 25, 2014. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/North-Korea-Regime-reform-or-just-cosmetic-change-30187282.html.
Last updated on 18/04/2017