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Dr Joel Ng is Research Fellow and Deputy Head of the Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS). His research focuses on regionalism, integration, security, and intervention norms, focusing on ASEAN and its dialogue partners as well as the African Union. He began his career in international affairs working in Uganda on peace, conflict, and refugee issues. He has also worked in the private sector in Singapore in public and investor relations. He is presently in the Singapore committee for the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP). Dr Ng is the author of Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was an Oxford-Swire and Tan Kah Kee scholar, and also holds a MA (Distinction) from the University of Sussex, and a BA (Hons) from the University of East Anglia.
Areas of Expertise
- Regional Organizations
- African Union
- International Humanitarian Law
- Rule of Law & Governance
Invasion of Ukraine - Consent and Trust in the World Order
11 March, 2022
Myanmar Instability: Emerging Reactions in East Asia
19 May, 2021
ASEAN’s Special Summit: Can It Resolve the Myanmar Crisis?
29 April, 2021
Multilateralism in 2021: Better Than 2020?
08 February, 2021
ASEAN as Pivotal Actor: Balancing Centrality and the Indo-Pacific
17 August, 2020
Global Health Security: COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Race for the Vaccine: Will ASEAN Be Left Behind?
23 July, 2020
Global Health Security - Trust During the Time of COVID-19
18 March, 2020
Proxies and Drones: Can International Law Handle “Invisible Threats”?
15 January, 2020
Evolving Summit Dynamics: ASEAN Putting Its Foot Down?
06 November, 2019
The Unlawful Proroguing of UK’s Parliament: Sign of the Times?
27 September, 2019
Remembering Robert Mugabe: Hero or Despot?
11 September, 2019
US Watch-List For ‘Currency Manipulation’: What Is It?
30 May, 2019
Unpacking the “Rules-Based Order”
12 March, 2019
Singapore’s ASEAN Chairmanship: Advancing Peace & Security
16 November, 2018
CO18167 | Economic Populism: End of The Small State?
12 October, 2018
CO18120 | The Quadrilateral Conundrum: Can ASEAN Be Persuaded?
17 July, 2018
CO12153 | Great Power Rivalry in Africa: Economic Engagement Holds Key
14 August, 2012
CO12114 | The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: Establishing a Common Framework
03 July, 2012
CO12095 | Global Norms in Regional Institutions: Lessons from the African Union and ASEAN
07 June, 2012
CO12041 | Kony 2012: Potentials and pitfalls of social media
13 March, 2012
CO11172 | China’s Investments in Africa: Need for Governance
21 November, 2011
CO11142 | Responsibility to Protect: Tensions between Sovereignty and Security
06 October, 2011
CO11040 | The International Criminal Court: Is it a Panacea?
11 March, 2011
Selected Essays by RSIS Researchers - 2020
18 January, 2021
- Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2021
- “Contested Norms in Peacekeeping” in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11, 3, 2017
- “Rule of Law as a Framework within the ASEAN Community” in Journal of East Asia and International Law, 5, 2, 2012
Edited Books / Special Issues
- Regional Security and Human Rights Interventions: A Global Governance Perspective on the AU and ASEAN (with Andreas O. Stensland and Walter Lotze), Eds. Norway: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), 2012
Chapters in Edited Books
- “Rule of Law as a Framework within the ASEAN Community” in Eric Yong Joong Lee (Ed.), ASEAN International Law. Singapore: Springer, 2022, pp. 161-174
- “The Southeast Asian Dimension: The ASEAN Model of Integration” (with Joseph Liow Chin Yong) in A. Voskressenski & B. Koller (eds.), The Regional World Order: Transregionalism, Regional Integration, and Regional Projects across Europe and Asia. New York: Lexington Books, 2019, pp. 103-122
- “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam” (with Giao Vu Cong) in D. Cohen, K. Tan, & M. Mohan (eds.), Rule of Law for Human Rights in the Asean Region: A Base-line Study. Jakarta: Human Rights Resource Centre , 2011, pp. 281-297
- “The State of Brunei Darussalam” in D. Cohen, K. Tan, & M. Mohan (eds.), Rule of Law for Human Rights in the Asean Region: A Base-line Study. Jakarta: Human Rights Resource Centre , 2011, pp. 33-49
- “Rules-Based Order? Strengthening Consensus on the Rules and Principles Underpinning the International Order” (with Sarah Teo, and Benjamin Ho), CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2022, 13 December 2021
- “#BookClub: Contesting Sovereignty in Africa and the Global South”, Democracy In Africa, 2 August 2021
- “Book Review: “Dominic D.P. Johnson, Strategic Instincts: The Advantages of Cognitive Biases in International Politics””, Politics and the Life Sciences, 27 July 2021
- “Can ASEAN Offer a Way Out of the US–China Choice?”, East Asia Forum, 9 April 2021
- “Rules-Based Order? Strengthening consensus on the rules and principles underpinning the international order” (with Sarah Teo, and Benjamin Ho), Asia Link Insights, 1 February 2021
- “Rebuild the UN’s Legitimacy”, Council on Foreign Relations Global Memo, 14 September 2020
- “Nigeria’s Opportunity to Enhance the Continental Free Trade Area” (with Densua Mumford), How we made it in Africa, 19 March 2019
- “Strengthening the Private Sector in African Regional Policy-Making” (with Densua Mumford), How we made it in Africa, 11 April 2018
- “Single Air Transport Market: The Benchmark for African Economic Integration” (with Densua Mumford), How we made it in Africa, 14 February 2018
- “S’pore FTA in Africa a Question of ‘When’, Not ‘If’”, The Business Times, 18 October 2017
- “Africa’s Growing Leverage in Business and Trade Relations” (with Densua Mumford), How we made it in Africa, 8 June 2017
- “The TFTA and Intra-Regional Trade in Africa” (with Densua Mumford), How we made it in Africa, 6 April 2017
- “Will Economic Priorities be the Focus for the Next AU Chairperson?” (with Densua Mumford), How we made it in Africa, 16 February 2017
- “Brexit’s Phoney War”, Today, 4 July 2016
- “Brexit: Asean Comparison Puts Choices in Fresh Light”, The Straits Times, 20 June 2016
- Dialogue between ASEAN Scholars and the International Commission on Inclusive Peace (ICIP), 10 May 2022
- “Changing Security Landscape in Europe and Indo-Pacific after Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine”, RSIS-Polish Institute for International Affairs (PISM) Roundtable, 9 May 2022
- “The International Rule of Law and ASEAN”, Network of ASEAN Defence & Security Institutions (NADI) workshop on ASEAN Centrality in an Era of Great Power Competition, 16 December 2021
- “Security Challenges amidst a Changing Geopolitical Landscape in the Southeast Asia Region”, MFAC Indonesia training programme for Timor-Leste diplomats on Capacity Building in the ASEAN Political-Security Community Pillar, 9 November 2021
- “Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia”, RSIS Book Launch, 22 July 2021
- “France as an Indo-Pacific Nation: Security and Multilateralism in Challenging Times”, Embassy of France-RSIS Webinar, 8 July 2021
- “Is Singapore’s Success Suitable for Emulation in Africa?”, Essec Business School Africa-Singapore Dialogue, 8 May 2021
- “Youth, Peace, and Security”, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Open Ended Study Group on Inclusive Processes on Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, 5 May 2021
- “The Functional Logic of ASEAN”, 1st International Conference on Strategic and Global Studies, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, 30 Nov 2017
- “An Early Spring? Regional Responses to Crisis in Cote d’Ivoire and Authoritarianism in Myanmar”, UNU-CRIS/UNECA/IIDEA Joint Conference After the Arab Spring: Rethinking the Role of Regional Organisations, Brussels, 22 Nov 2012
- “Rule of law norms: The African Union and ASEAN charters in comparative perspective”, 2nd GlobalTech Workshop on Sub-Saharan Africa: Cooperation and Capacity Building, Addis Ababa, 24 May 2011
- IR6029 – Foreign Policy Analysis
Last updated on 17/07/2022