'China' Category

  • New chapter on Myanmar’s Kachin ceasefire

    October 15, 2016

    I’m delighted to be among the contributors to a new edited book called War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar, edited by Mandy Sadan at SOAS. The book is about the rise and fall of the ceasefire between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organisation, from many different perspectives – geopolitical, economic, cultural, […]

  • Monocle 24, 27 April 2015

    April 28, 2015

    I returned to Monocle 24 radio last night with a double shift: first on to discuss the geopolitics of the response to the Nepalese earthquake, and then my usual review of the headlines in Asia, including the detention of a senior Sinopec executive by the Chinese Communist Party, the resignation of South Korea’s prime minister […]

  • Rising Powers and State Transformation: The Case of China

    April 17, 2015

    I have a new article, co-authored with Shahar Hameiri, in the European Journal of International Relations, which you can download here. Abstract: This article draws attention to the transformation of statehood under globalisation as a crucial dynamic shaping the emergence and conduct of ‘rising powers’. That states are becoming increasingly fragmented, decentralised and internationalised is […]

  • Monocle 24, 1 July 2014

    July 2, 2014

    I appeared on Monocle 24 last night for my regular review of the Asian headlines. This time around we covered the huge pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong, the evasion of Japan’s constitutional restrictions on the use of military force, and legal setbacks for the Philippines’ president. You can listen to the show here, about 41.5 […]

  • China-Vietnam conflict in the South China Seas

    May 15, 2014

    I was interviewed by BBC News Vietnamese service on 9 May about the recent placement of a Chinese oil rig in waters claimed by both China and Vietnam. Below is the interview transcript, which includes a follow up question today about the anti-Chinese violence inside Vietnam. You can read the story (via a somewhat ropey […]

  • Explaining Myanmar’s Regime Transition: The Periphery is Central

    January 30, 2014

    My latest article, Explaining Myanmar’s Regime Transition: The Periphery is Central, has now been published early-online by Democratization. It is an open-access article so it is free to download. Here’s the abstract: In 2010, Myanmar (Burma) held its first elections after 22 years of direct military rule. Few compelling explanations for this regime transition have emerged. […]

  • Monocle 24 appearances 24 & 27 Jan 2014

    January 27, 2014

    I appeared on Monocle 24 to discuss these developments: Thailand elections: threat of red shirt unrest if polls were delayed. China’s surrogacy business The anti-Vietnamese facet of Cambodia’s opposition protests The show is here; my segment starts about 35mins in. Update: I also spoke on Monocle 24 on 27 January about the Election Commission’s demand […]

  • Monocle 24, 14 January 2014

    January 16, 2014

    I was on Monocle 24 on Tuesday night discussing: The protests in Bangkok and their structural underpinnings; China’s spring festival and the 3.6bn predicted journeys set to engulf the public transport system; The transnational repercussions of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis – this time, the sentencing of men plotting to blow up the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta […]

  • Timor-Leste: A Photo Essay

    December 24, 2013

    Earlier this month I visited Timor-Leste to help brief government and civil society actors on ASEAN. I spent a few days travelling around thanks to Christine Cabasset and the UNTL and thought it might be interesting to record a few thoughts and share some images. For those who are unaware, Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) was […]

  • Media appearances 26 Nov 2013

    November 28, 2013

    On 26 November I appeared on Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel to discuss the unrest in Bangkok. It was a very strange experience of conducting an interview via both Skype and an interpreter. There’s no video but they sent me this screenshot with a nice crease running down my face. I was also on Monocle 24 […]

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