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Short biography

Chong Ja Ian (莊嘉穎) is associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. His current research examines how efforts by individual non-leading powers to safeguard their interests during periods of power transition may collectively affect regional order. He is also working on projects relating to alliance commitment problems following political liberalisation and the application of historiographical methods to international relations research on contemporary Asia. Dr. Chong’s work crosses the fields of international relations and comparative politics, with a focus on security issues in China and East Asia. He is author of External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Thailand, Indonesia – 1893–1952, Cambridge University Press, 2012, which received the 2013/4 International Studies Association’s International Security Studies Section best book award.

Dr. Chong was a Princeton-Harvard China and the World Programme post-doctoral fellow and previously worked with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His English and Chinese publications have appeared in Asian Affairs, Asian Security, China Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Security, Journal of East Asian Studies, Security Studies, Twentieth Century China as well as a number of edited volumes and newspapers. Dr. Chong has served as Associate Editor for International Studies Review since 2013.

Major publications

  • External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia, Thailand, 1893-1952 (Cambridge, 2012)
  • “One Thing Leads to Another: Making Sense of East Asia’s Repeated Tensions” [with Todd H. Hall], Asian Security, Vol. 13 No. 1 (March 2017)
  • “Popular Narratives versus History: Implications for an Emergent China”, European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 20 No. 4 (December 2014): 939-64
  • “The Lessons of 1914 for East Asia Today? Missing the Trees for the Forest” (with Todd H. Hall), International Security, Volume 39, Number 1 (Summer 2014): 7-43
  • “How External Intervention Made the Sovereign State: Foreign Rivalries, Local Complicity, and State Formation in Weak Polities”, Security Studies, Volume 19, Number 4 (October – December 2010): 623-55
  • “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Foreign Intervention and the Limiting of Fragmentation in the Late Qing and Early Republic, 1893 – 1922”, Twentieth Century China, Volume 35, Number 1 (November 2009): 75-98

Research interests

International politics, comparative politics, political sociology, comparative historical sociology, institutions, state formation and state-building, nationalism and collaboration, alliance politics, security and political architecture in Asia, regional security in the Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asian regional politics, Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, Taiwan politics, U.S. foreign and security policy

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