Thomas J. Christensen

Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


  • Deputy Director

Chen Yali (Lily)

  • 2016-2017 Fellow

Nate Adler

  • Alumni Student Affiliate

Ja Ian Chong

2008-2009 Fellow

Ja Ian Chong (莊嘉穎holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. His research focuses on security issues pertaining to China and the Asia-Pacific but crosses international relations, comparative politics, political sociology, and history. Ian previously worked with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore, the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, and served as an infantry officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. His English and Chinese publications have appeared in Security StudiesTwentieth Century ChinaJournal of East Asian StudiesAsian AffairsChina Review International, the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies Working Paper Series, as well as edited volumes and newspapers.

Ian is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. His book, Imposing States: External Intervention and State Formation in China, Indonesia, Thailand, 1893-1952, is published by Cambridge University Press and received the 2014 Best Book Award given by the International Securities Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

Ian is currently working on projects examining how collective responses to power transtion by non-leading powers may affect regional order, the uses and misuses of historical data in international relations research on China and its implications, how political liberalisation may affect alliance politics, and the effects of political decentralisation on Qing external relations during the Boxer Episode (1899-1901). 


  • “How External Intervention Made the Sovereign State: Foreign Rivalries, Local Complicity, and State Formation in Weak Polities”, Security Studies, Volume 20, Number 1 (January – March 2011): 623-655

  • “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

  • “Japan-Taiwan Relations: Between Affinity and Reality”, (with LAM Peng Er) Asian Affairs: An American Review, Vol. 30 No. 4 (Winter 2004): 249-267 (Note errata on authorship listed in next issue)

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