Asia Pacific Security

Contact: Dr Ned Dobos,


Academics working on Asia Pacific security

  • Clinton Fernandez: International relations of the Asia-Pacific: between countries in the Asia-Pacific region; and between the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.
  • Jian Zhang: Chinese foreign and security policy; Chinese military modernisation; and Australia-China relations
  • Morten Pedersen: The promotion and protection of human rights in Myanmar
  • Christopher Roberts: great and middle power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific, the South China Sea, ASEAN and the drivers of (and constraints on) international collaboration and competition; transnational crime in the Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific Security current PhD projects

  • James Davies (PhD) - Political Transition and Communal Violence in Myanmar
  • Michael Gan (PhD) - How does culture influence national security policy in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore?
  • Vu Lam (PhD) - Where is Vietnam's soft power positioned against the backdrop of maritime dispute with China?
  • Thearith Leng (PhD) – Small State's Diplomacy: Cambodia and Its Larger Neighbours- Vietnam and Thailand
  • Kai Liao (PhD) - China 's post-Cold War military modernisation
  • Thuan Luc (PhD) - The Ramifications of the Indo-Pacific Major Powers with the Process of Regionalization in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Zaw Maung (PhD) - Re-conceptualizing Myanmar Foreign Policy in the Light of Democratic Transition and Contemporary Challenge
  • Cecile Medial (PhD) - The challenges of democratic transition in multi-ethnic countries: A case study of Myanmar
  • Ngoc Nguyen (PhD) - Vietnam's Transition to Middle Power Status in the Asia Pacific.
  • Dung Tran (PhD) – Political, Strategic, and Security Concerns in Pursuit of Economic Integration: The Case of the Mekong Subregion

PhD candidates pursuing research in Asia-Pacific Security will be supervised by world-leading experts, and will be embedded within a community of scholars pursuing ground breaking research in these areas. Each PhD student will be provided office space and an allowance to offset research expenses.

Fieldwork and conference trips will be covered by the University’s travel insurance policy, at no cost to the student. PhD candidates will also be offered training to strengthen their research skills, and English editing services where necessary.

Regular discipline-specific seminars provide PhD students with an opportunity to present their work to experts in the field and to receive critical feedback.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences also hosts an annual Postgraduate workshop, which provides guidance to students on matters such as publishing, grant applications, and effective research communication.

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