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Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


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Chen Yali (Lily)

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Nate Adler

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Cheng-Chwee Kuik

Cheng-Chwee Kuik (郭清水) is an associate professor at the Strategic Studies and International Relations Program at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). 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 worked 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

Selected Publications

  1. Kuik Cheng-Chwee & Gilbert Rozman  (2015). “Introduction to Part 1: Hedging or Balancing between China and the United States,” in Gilbert Rozman, Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2015 (Washington, DC: Korea Economic Institute of America) (forthcoming).
  2. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2015). “Comparing ASEAN Core States’ Alignment Behavior: Variations on a (Hedging) Theme”, in Gilbert Rozman, Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2015 (Washington, DC: Korea Economic Institute of America) (forthcoming).
  3. Kuik Cheng-Chwee, Alice Ba & Sueo Sudo (2015). “Introduction” and “Conclusion: Themes and Prospects”, in Alice Ba, Kuik Cheng Chwee, and Sueo Sudo, eds., Institutionalizing East Asia: Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation (London & New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  4. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2015). “Institutionalization of Security Cooperation in East Asia”, in Alice Ba, Kuik Cheng Chwee, and Sueo Sudo, eds.,Institutionalizing East Asia: Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation (London & New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  5. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2015). “Introduction: Decomposing and Assessing South Korea’s Hedging Options”, in “Special Forum: South Korea’s Foreign Policy Options”, The Asan Forum: An Online Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3 (May-June).
  6. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2015). “An Emerging 3rd Pillar in Asian Architecture? AIIB and Other China-led Initiatives”, Asia-Pacific Bulletin, Number 305, March 26 (Washington, DC: East-West Center).
  7. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2015). “Malaysia-China Relations: Three Enduring Themes”, in Meredith Weiss, ed., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia (London & New York: Routledge), pp. 417-427.
  8. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2014). 《中国参与东盟主导的机制:东南亚的视角》[China’s Participation in the ASEAN-led Institutions after the U.S. Rebalancing], in Men Honghua and Pu Xiaoyu, eds., 全球精英眼中的中国战略走向 [China’s Strategic Directions in the Eyes of Global Elites] (Beijing: Renmin Publisher).
  9. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2014). “Malaysia-China Relations after MH370: Policy Change or Business as Usual?” The Asan Forum: An Online Journal, October 15.
  10. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2013). “Making Sense of Malaysia’s China Policy: Asymmetry, Proximity, and Elite’s Domestic Authority,” Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press), Vol. 6, pp. 429-467.
  11. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2013). “Malaysia’s U.S. Policy under Najib: Structural and Domestic Sources of a Small State’s Strategy,” Asian Security, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 143-164.
  12. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2012). “Malaysia’s China Policy in the Post-Mahathir Era: A Neoclassical Realist Explanation,” RSIS Working Paper No. 244(Rajaratnam School of International Studies).
  13. Kuik Cheng-Chwee, Nor Azizan Idris and Abd Rahim Md Nor (2012). “The China Factor in the U.S. ‘Reengagement’ with Southeast Asia: Drivers and Limits of Converged Hedging,” Asian Politics and Policy, Vol. 4, No. 3 (July), pp. 315-344.
  14. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2011). “Book Review: Ian Storey’s Southeast Asia and the Rise of China: The Search for Security,” International Journal of China Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3 (December), pp. 701-705
  15. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2011). “China’s Evolving Strategic Profile in East Asia: A Southeast Asian Perspective,” in China and East Asian Strategic Dynamics: The Shaping of a New Regional Order, edited by Mingjiang Li and Dongmin Lee (Lantham: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 127-149.
  16. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2010). Analyzing Malaysia’s Changing Alignment Choice, 1971-89,” Jebat: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies, Vol. 37, pp. 41-74.
  17. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2009). “Shooting Rapids in a Canoe: Singapore and Great Powers,” in Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore, edited by Bridget Welsh, James Chin, Arun Mahizhnan, and Tan Tarn How (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press), pp. 156-167.
  18. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2008). “The Essence of Hedging: Malaysia and Singapore’s Response to a Rising China,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 30, No. 2 (August), pp. 159-185.
  19. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2008). “China’s Evolving Multilateralism in Asia: The Aussenpolitik and Innenpolitik Explanations,” in East Asian Multilateralism, edited by Kent E. Calder and Francis Fukuyama (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press), pp. 109-142.
  20. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2005). “Multilateralism in China’s ASEAN Policy: Its Evolution, Characteristics, and Aspiration,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 27, No. 1 (April), pp. 102-122.
  21. Kuik Cheng-Chwee and Bridget Welsh (2005). “Brunei: Multifaceted Survival Strategies of a Small State,” in Asian Security Handbook: Terrorism and the New Security Environment, 3rd ed., edited by William M. Carpenter and David G. Wiencek (London & New York: M. E. Sharpe), pp. 56-69
  22. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2005). “China’s Participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum: The Exogenous and Endogenous Effects of International Institutions,” in China and Southeast Asia: Changing Political and Strategic Ties, edited by James K. Chin and Nicholas Thomas (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong), pp. 141-169.
  23. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2004). 《 中国参与东盟主导的地区机制的利益分析》 [An Interest-based Analysis on China’s Participation in the ASEAN-led Regional Institutions], 世界经济与政治 [World Economics and Politics] (Beijing) No. 9 (September), pp. 53-59.
  24. Kuik Cheng-Chwee (2001). “The Ideational Sources of Chinese Foreign Policy: A Framework for Analysis,” Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (Kuala Lumpur), Vol. 3, No. 2 (December), pp. 21-44.
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