China’s role in Southeast Asia
This one-day symposium will investigate the multiple roles that China plays in Southeast Asia with particular focus on how China influences political and democratic development in the region. It will also address domestic challenges within China to the country’s assertive development strategy connecting China with Southeast Asia.
Confirmed speakers include Andrew Mertha (Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)) and Kheang Un (Northern Illinois University).
Andrew Mertha (PhD, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) is the incoming George and Sadie Hyman Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the China Program at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C. (from 1 July 2018).
He was a Professor at the Department of Government, Cornell University, in 2014-2018, an Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Cornell University, in 2008-2014, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science/Program in International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, in 2001-2008. He is a Vice-President and former President of the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS).
Kheang Un (Ph.D. Northern Illinois University) is an associate professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. In 2008-2009 he was a visiting research fellow at the University of Louisville's Center for Asian Democracy; in 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the Netherland’s Royal Institute for Southeast Asian and the Caribbean Studies at Leiden University, and in 2011-12, he was a Fulbright Scholar based at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His research interests include democracy, democratization, human rights, non-governmental organizations and political economy focusing on Cambodia and the developing world.