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ASEAN Studies Center | Scholars and Specialists

The ASEAN Studies Center is compiling a database of scholars, professionals, and other specialists in the fields of Southeast Asia/Asian Studies and international relations based in the United States and throughout the world. Many of those listed here are also ASC Research Associates, and some of their recent written publications are available under the “Articles & Commentaries” section of this website.


Alice Ba, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Alice D. Ba is Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations at the University of Delaware. Her research and publications focus on the international relations of East and Southeast Asia, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its relations with China and the United States, and ASEAN’s related regionalisms. Her articles have appeared in Asian Survey, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Pacific Review, and Contemporary Southeast Asia. Her book, (Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (2009) is published by Stanford University Press. Current and ongoing research projects focus on the processes of institutional change and regional integration, regional leadership, and comparative engagement processes. She is also author of a number of chapters in edited books, as well as co-editor of Contending Perspectives on Global Governance: Coherence and Contestation (Routledge). A list of her publications can be found at: A 2006/7 Fulbright Research fellow in Beijing, she also serves as Director of Asian Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Ba earned her PhD from the University of Virginia.

Ernest Bower, Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (ASC Research Associate)
Mr. Ernest Bower is Senior Adviser and Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Southeast Asia Program. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on economics, politics, and business in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining CSIS, he formed BrooksBowerAsia, a consulting firm specializing in the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier, he served for a decade as president of the US-ASEAN Business Council, where he established and built the council from the ground level, working with government and private-sector leaders from the United States and Southeast Asia. During that time, he established a unique network of leaders of governments, businesses, media, and civil society organizations throughout Asia and the United States. Mr. Bower engineered key private-sector initiatives such as the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Coalition, the U.S.-APEC Business Coalition, and numerous other initiatives. He is regularly consulted as an expert by international media outlets. In recognition of his work toward strengthening bilateral relations, the King of Malaysia awarded him the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), pronouncing him holder of the title Datuk in Malaysia. The Philippine government conferred him with the rank of Lakan, or Commander, in recognition of his work to build U.S.-Philippines ties. He is currently the U.S. chair of the Advisory Council on Competitiveness for the Vietnamese Prime Minister. He also serves on the boards of the Special Olympics Asia, the United States–New Zealand Business Council, and the United States–Indonesia Society. He has also served on the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Trade and Investment. Bower holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and studied Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College’s Sunderland School of Foreign Language.

David Capie, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. David Capie is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests focus on conflict and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular interest in regionalism and the role of institutions. Dr. Capie is the author of several books, including most recently The Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (Singapore: ISEAS, 2nd revised edition 2008), co-authored with Paul M. Evans. His articles have appeared in leading journals including The Pacific Review, Review of International Political Economy, and Security Dialogue. He is also currently co-editor of the journal Political Science, published by SAGE. Dr. Capie’s research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the East-West Center, and the Royal Society of New Zealand's prestigious Marsden Fund. He has taught at King's College, London, and in 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Peter Chalk, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Peter Chalk is a Senior Policy Analyst with the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California. He has worked on a range of projects examining transnational security threats in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of terrorism, maritime crime and low-intensity conflict and is author of numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles on these subjects. He has also testified on several occasions before the U.S. Congress and is a regular commentator on mainstream media outlets in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Chalk is Associate Editor of Studies in Conflict Terrorism—one of the foremost journals in the international security field—and serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also a visiting scholar with the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and a specialist correspondent for Jane’s Intelligence Review and Oxford Analytica in London, UK. Prior to joining RAND, Dr. Chalk was an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre of the Australian National University, Canberra. Apart from his academic posts, Dr Chalk has acted as a research consultant in the UK, Canada, and Australia, and has experience with the UK Armed Forces.

Ralph A. Cossa, President, Pacific Forum CSIS (ASC Research Associate)
Mr. Ralph A. Cossa is President of the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, a non-profit foreign policy research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is Senior Editor of the Forum's electronic journal, Comparative Connections. Mr. Cossa is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Experts and Eminent Persons Group. He is a founding member and former international co-chair of the multinational track two Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), which links member committees from 21 Asia-Pacific countries. He co-chairs the CSCAP study group aimed at halting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Asia Pacific region and also serves as Executive Director of the US Member Committee (USCSCAP). He is a frequent contributor to regional newspapers, including the Japan Times, Korea Times, and International Herald Tribune.

Ralf Emmers, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Multilateralism and Regionalism Programme, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Ralf Emmers is Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Dr. Emmers’ professional activities have included serving as the Head of Graduate Studies at RSIS (2006-2009); as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University/Griffith University (2009), funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Center of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS); as a Participant at the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Study Group on Human Trafficking in the Asia-Pacific Region (2005); as a Ford Fellow on Non-Traditional Security in Asia (2003-05), Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS); as an IDSS Post Doctoral Fellow in Asian Security (2002); and as a Research Associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta (2000). Dr. Emmers is an Editorial Board member of The Pacific Review. He is the author or editor of nine books and has contributed numerous journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes. His authored works include Geopolitics and Maritime Territorial Disputes in East Asia (Routledge, 2010), The East Asia Summit and the Regional Security Architecture (University of Maryland School of Law, 2011, coauthored). He is editor of ASEAN and the Institutionalization of East Asia (Routledge, forthcoming). Additionally, he has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The Pacific Review, Asian Survey, and Asian Security. Dr. Emmers teaches a course on the Study of International Institutions at RSIS and lectures at the SAFTI Military Institute and the Home Team Command and Staff Course, Singapore. He completed his PhD in the International Relations Department of the London School of Economics.

Donald Emmerson, Director, Southeast Asia Forum; Senior Fellow, FSI; Affiliated Scholar, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, CDDRL Affiliated Faculty, Stanford University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Donald K. Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford University. He is also affiliated with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and is a senior fellow (emeritus) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, all at Stanford. In 2010 he was honored by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodow Wilson International Center for Scholars with a two-year Research Associateship. Dr. Emmerson serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Democracy and the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. He holds advisory positions in the Asia Society of Northern California, the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Japan Policy Research Institute, the Southeast Asia Research Centre of the City University of Hong Kong, and the Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network. His most recent publications include “Lessons from a Whirlwind,” Asia Times Online (2011); Asian Regionalism and U.S. Policy: The Case for Creative Adaptation; Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (co-authored, 2010); and Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for U.S. Policy (co-contributed, 2010). Earlier writings span more than a dozen monographs and over two hundred other publications. Dr. Emmerson has held positions in residence at the Australian National University, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is fluent in Indonesian and French. Dr. Emmerson has a PhD in political science from Yale University.

Paul Evans, Professor, University of British Columbia (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Paul Evans was appointed to the directorship of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia on 1 September 2009. His previous teaching and administrative appointments were as Assistant, Associate and Professor, Department of Political Science, York University, 1981-97; Director, University of Toronto - York University Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, 1991-96; Visiting Professor, Asia Center, Harvard University, 1997-99; Acting Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 2004-5; and Co-CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, 2005-08. Dr. Evans has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University (1988); National Chengchi University (1989); Chulalongkorn University (1989); the East-West Center (1995); and the National Institute for Research Advancement in Tokyo (1999). Dr. Evans served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific from its founding in 1993 until July 1997, and as co-chair of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific’s (CSCAP) North Pacific Working Group from 1994 until June 1998. Between 1991 and 2002 he directed a series of support programs for research institutions in Southeast Asia working on cooperative and human security. For more than a decade he served on the International Council of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. He was also the founding director of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security in 2001-2002. A member of the International Council the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, he also sits on the editorial boards of The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, and The Chinese Journal of International Politics. His first book was a biography of John Fairbank; his most recent one (with David Capie) is the second edition of the Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon, and his current one is on “Canada and Global China: After Engagement.”

Ellen Frost, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Ellen L. Frost is a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. Her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism. Dr. Frost's prior government jobs include Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative (1993-95), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Technology and Economic Affairs (1977-81), Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate (1972-74), and various positions in the U.S. Treasury Department (1974-77). During the 1980s she worked for two multinational corporations. In addition to her recent book, she is the author of Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda (1997) and For Richer, For Poorer: The New U.S.-Japan Relationship (1987). Dr. Frost is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the U.S. Committee for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). She also serves on the board of directors of Relief International, a non-profit organization active in some 60 countries. She received her PhD in government from Harvard University, where she specialized in Chinese politics and foreign policy.

William Grimes, Professor of International Relations & Political Science; Chair, Department of International Relations, Boston University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. William W. Grimes is Professor of International Relations and Political Science and chairs the Department of International Relations at Boston University. His most recent book, Currency and Contest in East Asia: The Great Power Politics of Financial Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2009), has been awarded the 2010 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Award and received Honorable Mention for the 2009 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award. He is also the author of Unmaking the Japanese Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985-2000 (Cornell University Press, 2001) and co-editor (with Ulrike Schaede) of Japan’s Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). He has published articles on topics including Japanese macroeconomic policymaking, the impacts of financial globalization on Japan, East Asian financial regionalism, and Japan’s relations with the United States and East Asia. Dr. Grimes earned his PhD from Princeton University.

Bernard Gordon, Professor Emeritus, University of New Hampshire (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Bernard Gordon has been Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire since 1971, and Professor Emeritus since 1999. He is the author of five books and a number of articles dealing with trade and foreign policy in East Asia. He has been a consultant to the National Security Council and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and an invited expert witness before both Senate and House Committees. He has held two Fulbright Fellowships, and one fellowship each from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. He was Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Singapore, and in Japan was separately Research Professor at Kyoto University’s Southeast Asia Center and Visiting Professor at Kobe University and the International University of Japan. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Scholars and for many years was a member of the Institute for Strategic Studies. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Hiro Katsumata, Assistant Professor, Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Hiro Katsumatais an Assistant Professor at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies in Japan. He joined the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in May 2003. From 2007-2009, he was a Research Associate at the University of Bristol, UK. He specializes in ASEAN and Asia-Pacific regionalism. He is the author of ASEAN’s Cooperative Security Enterprise: Norms and Interests in the ASEAN Regional Forum (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), and the co-editor of People’s ASEAN and Governments’ ASEAN (Singapore: RSIS, 2007, with See Seng Tan), and of Beyond Iraq: the Future of World Order (Singapore: World Scientific, 2011, with Amitav Acharya). He has written articles in Review of International Studies (Vol. 37, Issue 2, 2011), The Pacific Review (Vol. 22, No. 5, 2009 and Vol. 19, No. 2, 2006), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2006), Asian Survey (Vol. 44, No. 2, 2004), Contemporary Southeast Asia (Vol. 25, No. 1, 2003), and Asian Journal of Political Science (Vol. 11, No. 1, 2003). He was awarded first prize by Prime Minister Abe of Japan in the Liberal Democratic Party foreign policy essay competition in 2006/2007. Dr. Katsumata earned his PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Joshua Kurlantzick, Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations (ASC Research Associate)
Mr. Joshua Kurlantzick is a Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. A former foreign correspondent and journalist covering Southeast Asia, Mr. Kurlantzick is currently writing a book on the decline of democracy in the developing world. His other current research focuses on China's strategy toward Southeast Asia and the United States' response, and on democratization in Southeast Asia and in comparative perspective. He is author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World, released in 2006, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world.

Satu Limaye, Director, East-West center Washington (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Satu Limaye was named Director of the East-West Center (EWC) in Washington in February, 2007. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses Corporation (CNAC). Prior to his EWC appointment, he was a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). From July 1998 to October 2005 he was Director of the Research and Publications Division at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), a direct reporting unit to United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). Dr. Limaye’s recent publications include Economics, Security and Foreign Affairs in Southeast Asia, a special cover package of analyses in the Fall 2009 issue of Global Asia and two assessments (“India the Confounding Power” and “Weighting for Asia”) in America’s Security Role in a Changing World: Global Strategic Assessment 2009 (NDU, INSS). Dr. Limaye has also created innovative new analytical publications including the Special Assessment series at APCSS which produced Asia’s Bilateral Relations, Asia’s China Debate; Asia-Pacific Responses to U.S. Security Policies, and the Asia-Pacific Bulletin and Asia Matters for America series at the East-West Center. The latter has received a citation from the U.S. Secretary of State and a “Dear Colleague” letter in the U.S. Congress. He has taught at Georgetown University’s Department of Government and at its School for Summer and Continuing Education, and has been a member of Sophia University’s Faculty of Comparative Culture (Tokyo). Dr. Limaye was an Abe Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, DC from 1996-1998 and between September 1992 and July 1996. Dr. Limaye was a Henry Luce Scholar and later a Research Fellow and Head of Program on South Asia at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo. He was Senior Consultant in the International Division of Ogden Energy and Environmental Service from 1990-1992 (USA). Dr. Limaye received his PhD in international relations from and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University (Magdalen College).

Joseph Chinyong Liow, Associate Dean/Associate Professor, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Joseph Chinyong Liow is currently Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has consulted for various government security and foreign affairs agencies (both foreign and Singaporean) and international organizations, as well as multinational corporations such as BHP Billiton, Chevron, and Shell. He also comments regularly on regional affairs in various local and international media. Dr. Liow has authored or edited 11 books, including Islam, Education, and Reform in Southern Thailand: Tradition and Transformation (Singapore: ISEAS, 2009), Piety and Politics: The Shifting Contours of Islamism in Contemporary Malaysia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), Confronting Ghosts: Thailand’s Shapeless Southern Insurgency (Sydney: Lowy Institute, 2010), and a four volume collection titled Islam in Southeast Asia (London: Routledge, 2010). He has also published numerous articles in international policy and peer-reviewed journals including Foreign Affairs online, National Interest, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Islamic Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Asian Security, and Asian Survey. Dr. Liow sits on the editorial board of South East Asia Research and the Journal of International and Global Studies, and is on the editorial team of Asian Security. He is currently working on a comparative book project on insurgencies across Southeast Asia. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics, UK.

Andrew MacIntyre, Dean, College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Andrew MacIntyre is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University (ANU). His current research projects include a multi-author study of Asian regional institutions and an assessment of the trajectory for democracy in Southeast Asia. Recent past projects include an edited book on the political economy of East Asia 10 years after the financial crisis (Cornell University Press 2008); a review of the state of knowledge on the rule of law and development (Annual Review Political Science, 2008); and a policy paper on current developments in Indonesia and their implications for Australia (Australian Strategic Policy Institute 2008). He is a regular contributor of opinion to ANU's East Asia Forum. Along with serving as Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific, Professor MacIntyre is also Director of the new Research School of Asia & the Pacific. He was previously Director of the Crawford School of Economics and Government. Prior to joining ANU, he was a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Professor MacIntyre was the founder of the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership.  He is an active member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and sits on the advisory board of the Australian American Education Leadership Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Foundation–Australia, Honorary ACT President of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), a member of the Board of the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is the recipient of the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for contributions to the promotion of relations between Japan and Australia (2006) and the Presidential Friends of Indonesia award (2010). He has served as a consultant to government institutions and companies in Australia, the United States and China as well as international agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Michael Martin, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Dr. Michael F. Martin is a Specialist in Asian Affairs for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. His current research responsibilities include Asian regional integration, Burma (Myanamar), China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Dr. Martin’s professional career has included work in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam. From 1994 to 1998, he was the assistant chief economist for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Prior to his time with HKTDC, Dr. Martin taught at Hong Kong Baptist University, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan), Colby College, and Tufts University. After leaving Hong Kong in 1998, he worked for six years for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in Washington, DC. Dr. Martin holds a B.A. in economics from the Michigan State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Marc Mealy, Vice President, US-ASEAN Business Council (ASC Research Associate)
Mr. Marc Mealy is the Vice President at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Since joining the Council in 2003 as a Director, he continues to oversee the U.S.-Malaysia Business Committee, the U.S.-Philippines Business Committee and the ASEAN Financial Services Working Group. Mr. Mealy began his professional career in 1989 as an international economist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service. While at the USDA, he was admitted into the U.S. Foreign Service and managed some of USDA's largest commodity trade finance and food assistance programs in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In 1994, he joined the African American Institute, an international NGO, as the Director of their Trade and Investment Program. Prior to joining the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, he worked as a Consultant to the Government of Rwanda and international NGOs. He also spent four years in the U.S. Congress, working on the Professional Staff of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he served as the Principle Economist to 23 Democratic members of Congress on global economic policy from 1999-2001. He also served as the International Economic and Foreign Policy Advisor to Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, and as a member of the Asia Sub-Committee on the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees from 2001-2003. Mr. Mealy holds an MS in economics from the University of Florida.

Thomas Pepinsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Thomas B. Pepinsky is an assistant professor in the Government department and a faculty member of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. He works on comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on emerging market economies in Southeast Asia. At Cornell he serves as Associate Director of the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project and Director of the International Political Economy Program. His recent work has explored the conditions under which economic crises prompt policy reforms and political change, the coalitional bases of authoritarian rule, financial politics in emerging market economies, political Islam in democratic Indonesia, and aerial bombing during the Vietnam War. He teaches courses on Southeast Asian politics, comparative politics, political economy, and political Islam. Dr. Pepinsky earned his PhD from Yale University. For articles and other publications by Dr. Pepinsky, please visit:

Bronson Percival, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic Studies, Center for Naval Analyses; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Bronson Percival, a retired diplomat and professor, is a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center Washington and the Senior Advisor for Southeast Asia at the Center for Strategic Studies, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). He also chairs seminars on Southeast Asia at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and taught a class on China and Southeast Asia at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Percival served in diplomatic posts from Lebanon to Indonesia prior to retiring from the Foreign Service. He became a Professor at the U.S. Naval War College in 1999. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, he returned to help focus the Department of State’s Intelligence & Research bureau on terrorism in Asia, and then to help coordinate counter-terrorism and maritime security policies and programs for the East Asian Bureau. Since accepting his current position in 2004, Dr. Percival has written a book on China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia. The Dragon Looks South: China and Southeast Asia in the New Century was published in 2007. In February 2010 he testified on Capitol Hill about Southeast Asian threat perceptions of China at hearings on China’s activities in Southeast Asia. He has also lectured at Georgetown University on India and Southeast Asia. Dr. Percival earned his PhD in South Asian studies from University of Chicago.

Peter Petri, Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Brandeis University; Senior Fellow, East-West Center (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Peter A. Petri is the Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance at the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served as Dean of IBS from its founding in 1994 until 2006. He has held appointments as a Fulbright Research Scholar and Visiting Scholar at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Brookings Institution, Keio University (Tokyo) and Fudan University (Shanghai). He has consulted for the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and agencies of the United Nations, the United States and other countries. He serves on the editorial boards of journals dedicated to Asia-Pacific research and is the Convener of the East-West Center’s East-West Dialogue. He is a member of the Board of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council and the Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD) International Steering Committee, and a former Chair of the U.S. APEC Study Center Consortium. Dr. Petri's research focuses on international trade, finance and investment, with primary applications to the Pacific Rim, and has been supported by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Health and Human Services, the World Bank, the United Nations and several major foundations. He is the author of approximately one hundred research contributions in these fields. Dr. Petri received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Michael Plummer, Head, Development Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Dr. Michael Plummer is the Head of the Development Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is also Eni Professor of International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Director of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies. He currently serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics.From 1989 until 1993, Dr. Plummer was a senior fellow at the East-West Center. He was also a lecturer and adviser to the Asian Development Bank. From 2001-2003, he was a team leader and adviser to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat (2001-2003). Dr. Plummer led a study on development of ASEAN regional bond market from 2006-2007. He has also advised USAID on the ASEAN Free Trade Initiative. His recent publications include ASEAN Economic Integration: Trade, Finance, and Foreign Direct Investment (2009); "Best Practices in Regional Trading Agreements: An Application to Asia," in The World Economy (2007); The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic, and Political Analysis (Vols. I-III), co-editor (2005); and Economic Integration and Development: Has Regionalism Delivered for Developing Countries?, co-author (2002). He is also the co-editor (with Dr. Chia Siow Yue) of Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community: A Comprehensive Assessment (2009). Dr. Plummer earned his PhD in economics from Michigan State University. 

Lex Rieffel, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution (ASC Research Associate)
Mr. Lex Rieffel is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He is currently working on policy studies focusing on Southeast Asia, global governance, reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, and emerging markets finance. He joined Brookings in 2002 to write Sovereign Debt Restructuring: the Case for Ad Hoc Machinery (published September 2003). His essay on “Indonesia’s Quiet Revolution” was published in the September-October 2004 issue of Foreign Affairs. He then co-authored a policy study entitled Out of Business and On Budget: The Challenge of Military Financing in Indonesia, which was published in June 2007. His edited volume Myanmar/Burma: Inside Challenges, Outside Interests was published in October 2010. Previously, he was employed by the Institute of International Finance (Washington DC, 1994-2001), U.S. Treasury Department (Washington DC and Paris, 1975-1994), U.S. Agency for International Development (Jakarta and Washington DC, 1971-1975); International Paper Company (New York, 1970-71), U.S. Peace Corps (India, 1965-67), and U.S. Navy (Saigon and San Francisco, 1963-65). He has an M.A.L.D. (international development studies) from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Sheldon Simon, Professor, Arizona State University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Sheldon Simon is Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he has been a faculty member for 35 years. He has also held faculty posts at the Universities of Kentucky, Hawaii, and British Columbia as well as at George Washington University, The American Graduate School of International Management, and The Monterey Institute of International Studies. Most recently (2008-09), he was visiting Asia Mentor Professor at the U.S. Naval War College. A specialist in Asian security and regional organizations, as well as U.S. national security, Dr. Simon is the author or editor of ten books and over 160 scholarly articles and book chapters. His most recent books are edited volumes: Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia: Disrupting Violence (Routledge, 2007) and China, the United States, and Southeast Asia: Contending Perspectives on Politics, Security, and Economics (Routledge, 2008). Dr. Simon is senior advisor to The National Bureau of Asian Research. He also regularly writes the “U.S.-Southeast Asia” article for Comparative Connections: A Quarterly E-Journal of East Asian Bilateral Relations, published by the Pacific Forum (Honolulu) for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC). Dr. Simon’s most recent publications include “Safety and Security in the Malacca Straits: The Limits of Collaboration,” Asian Security, Spring 2011; “The ASEAN Regional Forum” in Sumit Ganguly et al., eds., The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies (2010); and “Southeast Asian International Relations: Is There Institutional Traction?” in N. Ganesan and Ramses Amer, eds., International Relations in Southeast Asia: Between Bilateralism and Multilateralism (Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore and Cornell University Press, 2010). Dr. Simon earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Pamela Sodhy, Visiting Associate Professor, History Department, Georgetown University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Pamela Sodhy has been Visiting Associate Professor in the History Department at Georgetown University since 1993. She is also the recipient of an American Field Service Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, and a Fulbright-Hays Grant. Before teaching at Georgetown University in 1993, she taught for many years at the National University of Malaysia, where she was an Associate Professor in the History Department. At Georgetown, where she is presently a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of History, she teaches courses on Southeast Asian history, U.S.-Southeast Asian relations, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Since 1992, she has also given occasional lectures on Southeast Asian history at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Her publications include The US-Malaysian Nexus: Themes in Superpower-Small State Relations (Institute of Strategic and International Studies, 1991); Meeting of Minds, MACEE, 1963-1993 (Malaysian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, 1993); The United States and Malaysia: The Socio-Cultural and Legal Experience (Malaysian Association for American Studies, 1988), US-ASEAN Trade: Current Issues and Future Strategies (Malaysian Association for American Studies, 1988), and two study guides for FSI: Malaysia: Self-Study Guide and Singapore: Self-Study Guide. She has also published many articles on U.S.-Southeast Asia relations. She received a State Department Speaker and Specialist Grant for talks in Malaysia on U.S.-Malaysia relations in 2003 and in 2006. She earned her PhD in history from Cornell University.

David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor and Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. David Steinberg is Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University. He was previously a Representative of the Asia Foundation in Korea; Distinguished Professor of Korea Studies, Georgetown University; and President of the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs. Earlier, as a member of the Senior Foreign Service, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State, he was Director for Technical Assistance in Asia and the Middle East, and Director for Philippines, Thailand, and Burma Affairs. He spent three years in Thailand with the USAID Regional Development Office. He is the author of thirteen books and monographs, including: Turmoil in Burma: Contested Legitimacies in Myanmar (2006) and Stone Mirror: Reflections on Contemporary Korea (2002). He has authored over 100 articles and book chapters, and some 250 op-eds. Professor Steinberg was educated at Dartmouth College, Lingnan University (Canton, China), Harvard University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Bob Sutter, Visiting Professor of Asian Studies, Georgetown University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Robert Sutter has been Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, since 2001. In addition to this full-time position, Dr. Sutter teaches regularly as Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies in the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He taught part-time for over thirty years at Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins Universities, as well as at the University of Virginia. He has published 18 books, over 100 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States. His most recent book is U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present (Rowman and Littlefield 2010). Dr. Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) involved work on Asian and Pacific affairs and US foreign policy for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was for many years the Senior Specialist and Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service. He also was the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the US Government’s National Intelligence Council, and the China Division Director at the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Dr. Sutter earned his PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.

J.J. Suh, Associate Professor and Director of Korea Studies, Johns Hopkins University (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. J.J. Suh is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Korea Studies Program at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He has previously served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. He has authored and edited numerous journal articles and books, including Power, Interest and Identity in Military Alliances (2007); Rethinking Security in East Asia: Identity, Power and Efficiency, co-editor (2004); and “The Imbalance of Power, the Balance of Asymmetric Terror: Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) in Korea.” Dr. Suh is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research, SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for Peace and Security in a Changing World, Smith Richardson Foundation grant, and East West Center fellowship. He was Visiting Professor at Seoul National University, research professor at Yonsei University, Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Yukie Yoshikawa, Adjunct Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (ASC Research Associate)
Ms. Yukie Yoshikawa is an Adjunct Fellow at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in The Johns Hopkins University. During 2005-2010, as a Senior Research Fellow at the Reischauer Center, she was involved in a variety of projects focused on political and economic issues in East Asia, including the U.S.-Japanese Alliance, Korean and Chinese energy, and energy geopolitics. She worked at the Tokyo office of Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture) for five years. In 2005, she received a Master of International Affairs at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Zhongxiang Zhang, Senior Fellow, East-West Center (ASC Research Associate)
Dr. Zhongxiang Zhang is a Senior Fellow at East-West Center. He also is an adjunct professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Zhang serves as an adviser to both the Center for Energy Economics and Strategy Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. He is co-editor of both Environmental Economics and Policy Studies and International Journal of Ecological Economics & Statistics. He currently serves on the editorial boards of nine international journals, including Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Energy and Environment, Environmental Science and Policy, International Environmental Agreements, Low Carbon Economy, and Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. Dr. Zhang has authored over 170 journal articles, book chapters and other publications. He is among Social Science Research Network’s Top 100 Economics Authors, and among IDEAS/RePEc’s list of both the leading energy economists and the leading environmental economists. He was a visiting fellow at Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University (1996). He worked at both Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (1997-2001); Department of Economics, Wageningen University (1992-1996), the Netherlands; Policy Studies Department, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN, 1990); and Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission in Beijing (1987-1989). Dr. Zhang earned his PhD in economics from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

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