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Hedging in International Relations: ASEAN States' Responses to a Rising China

Oct 16, 2013 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Bowl 1

Cheng-Chwee Kuik (郭清水) is on leave from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) where he is an associate professor at the Strategic Studies and International Relations Program. From August 2012-August 2013, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations, and concurrently an Associate Member of the Nuffield College. Cheng-Chwee researches on China-Southeast Asia relations, regional multilateralism, weaker states' alignment choices, and East Asian security. His English and Chinese publications have appeared in Chinese Journal of International Politics (forthcoming), Asian Politics and Policy (2012), Contemporary Southeast Asia (2008 & 2005), Shijie Jingji yu Zhengzhi (2004), as well as edited books. His article "The Essence of Hedging: Malaysia and Singapore's Response to a Rising China", which was part of his doctoral dissertation, was awarded "The 2009 Michael Leifer Memorial Prize", a biennial award established by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in memory of the late Professor Michael Leifer, for the best article published in one of the three ISEAS journals. Cheng-Chwee holds a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews. He was a recipient of the British Chevening Award and the Fulbright Graduate Scholarship. He has held visiting fellowships at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library (Singapore), SAIS Southeast Asia Studies Program, American University's ASEAN Studies Center, and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta). He is a member of the Community of East Asian Scholars (Bangkok). During the CWP fellowship year, he will be working on a project concerning the role of bilateralism in the evolution of East Asian multilateralism during the post-Cold War era. Cheng-Chwee can be contacted at

He will be in residence at Princeton.This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context. Free and open to the public.