Dr. KUIK Cheng-Chwee from National University of Malaysia Joins International Advisory Board of IRIC

Dr. KUIK Cheng-Chwee, Associate Professor and Head of Centre for Asian Studies of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) of National University of Malaysia (UKM), has become the newest member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the International Relations Institute of Cambodia (IRIC).

Dr. KUIK Cheng-Chwee, concurrently, is also a non-resident Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI), SAIS Johns Hopkins. He is co-founder and co-convener of the East Asian International Relations (EAIR) Caucus, a research platform for exchange, engagement, and empowerment among foreign affairs professionals in Malaysia. Previously he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Princeton-Harvard “China and the World” Program (CWP), and a visiting research fellow at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations.

Dr. KUIK Cheng-Chwee’s research concentrates on weaker states’ foreign and defense policies, regional multilateralism, East Asian security, China-ASEAN relations, and Malaysia’s external policy. His publications have appeared in edited books and peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Contemporary China, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Contemporary Southeast Asia, and Asian Security. Cheng-Chwee’s essay “The Essence of Hedging” was awarded the biennial 2009 Michael Leifer Memorial Prize by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for the best article published in any of the three ISEAS journals.

Dr. KUIK Cheng-Chwee is a co-author (with David M. Lampton and Selina Ho) of Rivers of Iron: Railways and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia (University of California Press, forthcoming) and a co-editor (with Alice Ba and Sueo Sudo) of Institutionalizing East Asia (Routledge, 2016). His current projects include: hedging in international relations, Malaysia’s defense policy, Southeast Asian states’ responses to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (with Lee Jones), Southeast Asia’s outside-in security challenges (with Kamarulnizam Abdullah and Chanintira Na Thalang), and domestic sources of middlepowership (with Abdul Razak Ahmad).

Dr. KUIK Cheng-Chwee serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Southeast Asia, Australian Journal of International Affairs, and Routledge’s “IR Theory and Practice in Asia” Book Series. He holds an M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews, and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

His professionalism, expertise, profound knowledge, extensive experiences, and academic credit and prestige would greatly contribute to the success of our IRIC.

Our most sincere gratitude to all renowned international scholars and experts for being part of our IAB.

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