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Dr Lee Jones, BA (Warwick), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)

Lee

Reader in International Politics

Email: l.c.jones@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 8585
Room Number: Arts One, 2.34
Office Hours: Monday 4:15pm-5:15pm & Thursday 1:30pm -2:30pm

Profile

Lee did his graduate studies at Oxford and was Rose Research Fellow in International Relations before moving to Queen Mary in 2009. He is also a fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. Lee sits on the editorial board of Palgrave’s book series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy, and is a member of the ESRC’s peer review college.

Lee has advised government agencies and civil society groups from a wide range of countries including Australia, Britain, Denmark, France, Myanmar and Timor-Leste. He regularly appears in national and international media. Outlets have included Al-Jazeera, BBC News, the Financial Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the BBC World Service and Monocle 24 radio. He tweets @DrLeeJones and his homepage is www.leejones.tk.

Research

Research Interests:

My research interests revolve around questions of state-society relations, state transformation, governance, political economy, sovereignty and intervention, particularly in postcolonial countries. My particular empirical expertise is in the politics, political economy and international relations of Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific more generally, though I have also worked on Iraq, South Africa and Israel/ Palestine.

Working in the tradition of critical, historical-sociological approaches in International Relations, my work draws out the importance of domestic and transnational social conflict and political economy for international politics. From an ‘outside-in’, perspective, I examine how conflict between social classes and other groups generates different forms of state, regime, and foreign policy, including different forms of intervention and international governance arrangements. From an ‘inside-out’ perspective, I explore how external interventions - such as sanctions, state-building interventions and other attempts to transform domestic governance - are mediated through social conflicts and change political outcomes in target states.

My work has been particularly influenced by the critical political economy approach pioneered at the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University in Australia, the state theory of Bob Jessop and Nicos Poulantzas, and more recently by critical political geography, particularly its emphasis on scale and rescaling socio-political conflicts and state apparatuses.

My first book, ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia, investigated the interventions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Cambodia, East Timor and Burma from the 1960s onwards. Attacking the overwhelming scholarly and journalistic consensus on ASEAN as a group of states that never interferes in any other states' internal affairs, I argue that ASEAN has indeed intervened, both within ASEAN and without, often very seriously and with sometimes devastating consequences.

My second book, Governing Borderless Threats, co-authored with my long-term collaborator Prof Shahar Hameiri, investigates how non-traditional security issues are governed. Drawing on state theory, political economy and political geography, it builds a new analytical framework - the State Transformation Approach - that draws attention to efforts to transform domestic state apparatuses managing particular security issues, networking them across state borders and encouraging them to impose international discipline on other parts of their state and society. This state transformation process is, we show, profoundly shaped by social conflict rooted in the political economy of specific issue areas. We present case studies of environmental degradation, pandemic disease and transnational crime in the Asia-Pacific. Many scholarly articles also arose from this Australian Research Council-funded project.

My third book, Societies Under Siege: Exploring How International Economic Sanctions (Do Not) Work, does exactly what the title suggests. Moving past the debate on whether sanctions work, it explores how they work, or fail to work. Via a new framework, Social Conflict Analysis, it suggests that sanctions condition the power, resources and strategies of societal groups in target states, thereby conditioning processes of socio-political conflict and the transformation (or otherwise) of states and regimes. Tracing this societal “transmission belt” helps reveal the reasons why most sanctions regimes fail. Case studies include South Africa, Iraq and Myanmar. This research was funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. For more details click here.

My other work has shown how social conflict and political economy relations condition various outcomes in domestic and international politics, including: the making of foreign and security policy in Southeast Asia; state-building interventions in East Timor; the failure of the ASEAN Economic Community; and the evolution of Myanmar’s economy and regime.  

My current research is focused on a new project with Prof Shahar Hameiri (University of Queensland): state transformation and the rise of China. We are exploring how the state transformation processes identified in Governing Borderless Threats - the fragmentation, decentralisation and internationalisation of state apparatuses - are conditioning China’s rise in its near abroad. Against mainstream IR approaches that depict China as a classically “Westphalian” state pursuing a coherent “grand strategy”, we are investigating how state transformation is generating fragmented, incoherent and sometimes contradictory policy outputs, with serious consequences for China’s foreign and security policies and their effects overseas. A “prospectus” article has appeared in the European Journal of International Relations and is currently (as of March 2016) that journal’s fourth most-read article of all time. We are

Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Societies Under Siege: Exploring How International Economic Sanctions (Do Not) Work (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Governing Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015; paperback 2017)

The Political Economy of the New Security Agenda, International Politics 59:4 (2015), 371-501: special issue, co-edited with Shahar Hameiri

ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; paperback 2016)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Rethinking the Role of State-Owned Enterprises in China’s Rise (co-authored with Yizeng Zou), New Political Economy (2017, early online), doi: 10.1080/13563467.2017.1321625

Beyond Hybridity to the Politics of Scale: International Intervention and ‘Local’ Politics (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Development and Change 48:1 (2017), 54-77

Global Governance as State Transformation (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Political Studies 64:4 (2016): 793-810

Explaining the Failure of the ASEAN Economic Community: The Primacy of Domestic Political Economy, Pacific Review 29:5 (2016): 647-70

Rising Powers and State Transformation: The Case of China (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), European Journal of International Affairs 22:1 (2016): 72-98

Probing the Links Between Political Economy and Non-Traditional Security: Themes, Approaches and Instruments (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), International Politics 52:4 (2015), 371-388

The Political Economy of Non-Traditional Security: Explaining the Governance of Avian Influenza in Indonesia  (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), International Politics 52:4 (2015), 445-465

Regulatory Regionalism and Anti-Money-Laundering Governance in Asia’ (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Australian Journal of International Affairs 69:2 (2015), 144-163

Explaining Myanmar’s Regime Transition: The Periphery is Central, Democratization 21:5 (2014), 780-802

The Political Economy of Myanmar’s Transition, Journal of Contemporary Asia 44:1 (2014), 144-170

Sovereignty, Social Order, and Intervention in Revolutionary Times, Review of International Studies 39:5 (2013), 1149-1167

The Politics and Governance of Non-Traditional Security (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), International Studies Quarterly 57:3 (2013), 462-473

Beyond Securitisation: Explaining the Scope of Security Policy in Southeast Asia, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 11:3 (2011), 403-432

(Post-)Colonial Statebuilding in East Timor: Bringing Social Conflict Back In, Conflict, Security and Development 10:4 (2010), 547-575

ASEAN’s Unchanged Melody? The Theory and Practice of Non-Intervention in Southeast Asia, Pacific Review 23:3 (2010), 479-502

Democratisation and Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia: The Case of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 27:3 (2009), 387-406

ASEAN’s Albatross: ASEAN’s Burma Policy, from Constructive Engagement to Critical Disengagement, Asian Security 4:3 (2008), 271-93

‘The Others’: Gender and Conscientious Objection in the First World War, Nordic Review of Masculinity Studies 3:2 (2008), 99-113

ASEAN Intervention in Cambodia: From Cold War to Conditionality, Pacific Review 20:4 (2007), 523-50

Chapters in Edited Volumes

‘Political Economy’, in Nicholas Farrelly, Ian Holliday and Adam Simpson (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (London: Routledge, in press, 2017).

‘Sanctioning Apartheid: Comparing the South African and Palestinian BDS Campaigns’, in David Feldman (ed.) Boycotts: Past and Present (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2017).

Understanding Myanmar’s Ceasefires: Geopolitics, Political Economy and Statebuilding’, in Mandy Sadan (ed.) War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar: The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994-2011 (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2016), 95-113. See also the companion website.

State Theory and Statebuilding: Towards a Gramscian Approach’, in Robert Egnell and Peter Haldén (eds.) New Agendas in State Building: Hybridity, Contingency and History (London: Routledge, 2013), 70-91

State Building versus State Formation in East Timor’, in Berit Bleisemann-de Guevara (ed.) Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention (London: Routledge, 2012), 95-113

State Power, Social Conflict and Security Policy in Southeast Asia’, in Richard Robison (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Politics (London: Routledge 2011), 346-360

Book Reviews

Review of Garry Rodan and Caroline Hughes, The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia: The Dominance of Moral Ideologies, in SOJOURN 30:1 (2015): 271-273.

Review of Andrew MacGregor Marshall, A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty- First Century, New Mandala, 12 November 2014.

How Peace Operations Work: Power, Legitimacy and Effectiveness, by Jeni Whalan, in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 8:2-3 (2014), 268-271.

Review of Michael D. Barr, The Ruling Elite of Singapore (2013), in ASEASUK Newsletter 55 (2014), 17-19.

Critical Interventions on Statebuilding, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 5:2 (2011), 235-9 [review of David Chandler, International Statebuilding (2010) and Shahar Hamieri, Regulating Statehood (2010)]

Reviews of Donald K. Emmerson (ed.) Hard Choices: Security, Democracy and Regionalism in Southeast Asia and Helen E.S. Nesadurai & J. Soedradjad Djiwandono (eds.) Southeast Asia in the Global Economy: Security Competitiveness and Social Protection, in ASEASUK News no. 46 (Autumn 2009), pp. 40-42, 45-46

Liberalism and Democratization in East Asia, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 3:2 (2009), 277-283 [review of Daniel Bell’s Beyond Liberal Democracy (2006), Jorn Dosch’s Changing Dynamics of Southeast Asian Politics (2007) and Vincent Pollard’s Globalization, Democratization and Asian Leadership (2004)]

World Systems Theory for the Twenty-First Century, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 3:1 (2009), 130-132 [review of Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing (2008)]

Absent Sovereigns?, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 1:3 (2007), 383-88 [review of Bickerton et al., Politics Without Sovereignty: A Critique of Contemporary International Relations (2006)

Other Publications

Murdoch International: The ‘Murdoch School’ in International Relations (coauthored with Shahar Hameiri), Asia Research Centre working paper 178, December 2014.

Evaluating the ‘Success’ of International Economic Sanctions: Multiple Goals, Interpretive Methods and Critique (with Clara Portela), Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development working paper 3, 2014.

Still in the “Driver’s Seat”, But for How Long? ASEAN’s Capacity for Leadership in East-Asian International Relations, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs 29:3 (2010), 95-113

International Relations Scholarship and the Tyranny of Policy Relevance, Journal of Critical Globalization Studies 1:1 (2009), 125-131

ASEAN and the Norm of Non-Interference in Southeast Asia: A Quest for Social Order, Nuffield College Politics Working Paper 2009-02 (2009)

 

PhD Supervision

I would be delighted to supervise doctoral theses in the following areas:

  • the international politics of Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific
  • the politics of sovereignty and intervention
  • international economic sanctions
  • historical sociology, historical materialism, and international relations
  • state-society relations and international politics.

I am happy to discuss ideas with prospective students - please email me with a short (say, 6-page) research proposal and your CV.

Current PhD student(s):

Lan Schippers, Internalisation of External Interests and the Strategic Dimensions of Statehood: The impact of trade-related technical assistance on the Lao and Vietnamese forms of state

Public Engagement

Civil Society and Wider Public Engagement

  • People’s Tribunal on Myanmar, March 2017: edited volume, War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar, used as evidence in the ‘International Tribunal on Myanmar’s Crimes Against Rohingya and Kachin Peoples’ (see http://tribunalonmyanmar.org/2017/03/02/war-and-peace-in-the-borderlands-of-myanmar-the-kachin-ceasefire-1994-2011-edited-by-mandy-sadan-nias-press-copenhagen-2016-540-pages)
  • The EU Referendum, summer 2016: public engagement including: curating a forum at theDisorderofThings.com; blogs for The Current Moment, LSE Brexit and The Naked Scientist; an award-winning Higher Education Policy Institute essay in the THE; an appearance on Radio 4’s The Human Zoo; participation in a study tour for Myanmar electoral officials and NGO activists during the referendum; and speaking at public events organised by Invoke Democracy Now campaign.
  • Co-editor, TheDisorderofThings.com, a critical IR blog with 13,000+ subscribers and 15-35,000 hits per month.
  • In Defence of Public Higher Education: Knowledge for a Successful Society, alternative HE White Paper published by the Convention for HE; contributor on the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • Myanmar’s Transition to ‘Disciplined’ Democracy: What Hope for the New Government?, London, 29 March 2016. Invited talk for the Britain-Burma Society.
  • Higher Education Convention, London, 27 February 2016. Invited keynote presentation in national conference on the future of UK universities.
  • The Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions Campaign, presentation to Independent Jewish Voices, London, 31 January 2016.
  • ‘Myanmar's Transition Amid International Economic Sanctions’, public lecture, University of Melbourne, 15 September 2015.
  • Public Debate on Israel Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions, Queen Mary, University of London, 1 December 2014: chaired and helped organise.
  • The Coup and After: Thailand’s Political Crisis, SOAS, 3 June 2014: co-organised and chaired public panel discussion.
  • Regime Transitions in Southeast Asia: Lessons for Myanmar? Oxford, 22 March 2014: convened and chaired roundtable for audience of policymakers, diplomats, businesspeople, scholars and students.
  • Ceasefire: Reflections on Community, Politics and Social Change in the Kachin Region of Burma (Myanmar), 1994 to the Present, SOAS, 12 October 2013: Public conference with ethnic-minority activists on Myanmar’s internal conflicts and development.
  • Sanctioning Apartheid: Comparing the South African and Palestinian BDS Campaigns, Perth, Australia, 10 July 2013: Presented and discussed research findings with Palestinian BDS activists and their implications for activist strategies.
  • The Future of Myanmar, Oxford, 9 March 2013: Co-organised and chaired a roundtable discussion on Myanmar’s transition, with politicians, businesspeople, NGOs, diplomats, academics and students.
  • Rethinking Economic Sanctions, British Council, Yangon, 25 July 2012: Disseminated research and facilitated discussion on international economic sanctions among Myanmar civil society activists and NGOs.
  • Is BDS Working? Exploring the Impact of Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, SOAS, London, 30 January 2012: Participant in public panel discussion.
  • Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy, LSE, 2 July 2010: Convenor and chair, public book launch and debate.
  • Understanding Thailand’s Political Turmoil, UCL, 27 May 2010: Participant in public panel discussion.
  • RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme, Bristol, 10 March 2010: Participated in programme of seminars and debates which brought academics into schools to engage pupils on contemporary political and security issues.
  • UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, May 2009: Presented expert testimony to an asylum hearing for a Thai political activist.
  • Debating Matters National Sixth-Form Debating Competition, 2007-: Judged this competition at every level including the national final.
  • The Battle of Ideas, London, 2006-2009: Speaker and chair at the Institute of Ideas’ annual festival of ideas and public debates.

Policy Engagement

  • International Economic Sanctions, Ministry of Defence, 26 July 2017: lecture for MoD personnel as part of the Defence Economics series.
  • What Does China Want in Southeast Asia?, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), 7 December 2016: one of two experts invited to brief policymakers from the FCO, Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development.
  • Briefing for Global Affairs Canada Director Marc-Yves Bertin, 1 December 2016: provided briefing to senior Canadian policymaker on economic sanctions.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, FCO, 22 November 2016: contributed to research on Myanmar’s political leader to aid UK diplomatic engagement with her.
  • Evidence to Canadian Parliament, 31 October 2016: Societies Under Siege quoted in evidence submitted to Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development inquiry into sanctions: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=8559771
  • Thailand Round Table, FCO, 30 September 2016: consultation on UK/ EU policy on Thailand.
  • Southeast Asia Practitioner Day, FCO Diplomatic Academy, 15 September 2016: provided half-day training for FCO officials on the region’s domestic and international politics.
  • Will the Higher Education and Research Bill Increase Student Choice?, 13 September 2016 (with Sean Wallis): written evidence to the Higher Education and Research Bill Scrutiny Committee.
  • Fractured China, London, 26 July 2016: meeting with stakeholders from media, business, think tanks and government to discuss findings from research on Chinese state transformation and foreign and security policy.
  • China’s Engagement in Myanmar: From Malacca Dilemma to Transition Dilemma, Transnational Institute Policy Briefing, 18 July 2016: cites my research on Chinese state transformation and Sino-Myanmar relations.
  • Thailand: Targeted Sanctions, FCO, 29 March 2016: advice to FCO research analyst on proposals to impose targeted sanctions on Thai elites to encourage democratisation.
  • Briefing for International Rescue Committee, London, 24 March 2016. Briefing for Myanmar project manager prior to him taking up his post.
  • Rakhine and the Rohingya, FCO, 23 March 2016. Participant in day-long policy planning conference on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis.
  • ASEAN, Royal College of Defence Studies, 1 March 2016. Keynote lecture on training course for senior military officers from 53 countries.
  • ASEAN’s Regional Role and Relations with Japan, Chatham House, 22 February 2016. Participant in think-tank conference.
  • Myanmar and Bangladesh: Politics, Priorities and Regional Relations, FCO, 11-12 February 2016. Organised, designed and delivered training for UK Diplomatic Academy with team of international experts.
  • Burma After the 2015 Elections: Where To From Here?, Chatham House, 4 December 2015. Roundtable discussions with officials from FCO and DFID on political situation in Myanmar and Western policy options.
  • Thailand Update, FCO, 25 November 2015. Briefed FCO research analyst and embassy official on developments in Thailand.
  • International Economic Sanctions, Royal College of Defence Studies, 25 November 2015. Keynote lecture on training course for 100+ senior military officers.
  • How Do International Economic Sanctions (Not) Work?, Foreign Policy Centre briefing, 9 November 2015.
  • China’s One Belt, One Road Strategy, London, 3 June 2015: participant in cross-government meeting to assess Chinese policy.
  • Governing Non-Traditional Security Threats by Transforming States: Trends and Challenges, Foreign Policy Centre Policy Brief (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), London, May: http://fpc.org.uk/fsblob/1693.pdf
  • ASEAN and Security in Southeast Asia, Royal College of Defence Studies, London, 19 May 2015: keynote lecture on training course for 100+ senior military officers.
  • Training Sessions for the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s Centre for Education and Training, Jakarta, 1 and 16 April 2015: training for senior diplomats on Chinese foreign policy and non-traditional security governance.
  • Research Advice on Myanmar to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Research Analyst, 16 March 2015: advised on the production of a five-year assessment of Myanmar’s post-2010 reforms to inform policymaking.
  • The Impact of Western Sanctions on Myanmar: Delaying Democratisation, 7 January 2015: evidence submitted to the UK Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
  • Consultant, UK Department for International Development’s Legal Assistance for Economic Reform Programme, 4-23 December 2014: provided political economy analysis and policy recommendations for Myanmar.
  • Research Advice on Thailand to FCO Research Analyst, London, 12 December 2014: advised on the political role of the Thai monarchy.
  • Burma Roundtable, FCO, London, 25 November 2014: half-day expert input to scenario scoping and policy planning meeting on Myanmar’s 2015 elections, with staff from the Whitehall Burma Unit (FCO, DFID, MoD).
  • Research Advice on Myanmar to FCO Research Analyst, London, 11 and 15 September 2014: guidance on peace process and religious nationalism.
  • Overview of Southeast Asia for FCO Research Analyst, London, 29 July 2014: briefed incoming Asia-Pacific Division Research Analyst on contemporary issues in the region.
  • Think Tank Event on Thailand, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 25 June 2014: provided advice to FCO on the coup in Thailand and UK/EU policy, including economic sanctions.
  • Briefing on Thailand for FCO Research Analyst, London, 28 May 2014: consultation on the crisis in Thailand, UK/EU policy and Myanmar; submitted two analysis papers.
  • Briefing on Israel/Palestine and BDS for Fateh, 26 May 2014: submitted two briefing papers on the prospects of Boycotts, Disinvestment and Sanctions in Israel/Palestine to Fateh’s Commission for International Relations.
  • Briefing on Israel/Palestine and BDS for FCO Research Analyst, London, 26 May 2014: submitted two briefing papers on the prospects of Boycotts, Disinvestment and Sanctions in Israel/Palestine.
  • Consultation with British Ambassador to Myanmar, London, 12 May 2014: consulted by HMA Yangon on recent developments in Myanmar.
  • Training on Southeast Asia, Royal College of Defence Studies, London, 1 May 2014: Provided half day of training Southeast Asian security and politics to c.100 senior military officers and civilian officials from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia.
  • Policy Development Workshop on International Economic Sanctions, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), 4 April 2014: Organised and led training and policy development session on the use and evaluation of targeted sanctions, for policymakers and analysts from the FCO and HM Treasury.
  • Myanmar Sanctions Impact Assessment, London, 29 January 2014: Presented analysis to an audience including FCO research analyst. Submitted three research papers to the Whitehall Burma Unit.
  • Briefing on Thailand for FCO Research Analyst, London, 20 January 2014: Briefing/ policy consultation on the crisis in Thailand.
  • Briefing on Myanmar for Deputy Head of FCO ASEAN Department, London, 13 January 2014: Briefing/ policy consultation on UK/EU approach to Myanmar to 2015.
  • ASEAN Reinforcement and Regional Governance, Dili, Timor Leste, 11 December 2013: International seminar provided for Timor-Leste government officials and civil society groups, EU and World Bank officials, and foreign diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on security governance and Timor’s bid to join ASEAN.
  • Consultation on UK/EU Myanmar Policy, London, 15 October 2013: Consulted by UK FCO on British and EU policy towards Myanmar in the run-up to its elections in 2015.
  • Roundtable on the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Architecture, FCO, 13 September 2013: Participant in discussions on regional security institutions with officials from the FCO, Ministry of Defence, other UK government departments and the EU.
  • Briefing for Malaysian High Commission, London, 2 August 2013: Briefing on Myanmar’s transition and Cambodian elections.
  • Briefing for British Ambassador to Myanmar, FCO, 24 July 2013: Briefed the new British ambassador-designate prior to him taking up his posting.
  • Seminar on Regional Security Architecture in Southeast Asia and Beyond, Paris, 15 May 2013: Presented research findings and policy recommendations on regional security cooperation and governance to senior officials of the French Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs.
  • Myanmar: A New Future Through Higher Education? A Myanmar-UK Policy Dialogue, London, 9 May 2013: Provided political and economic analysis and policy advice to a delegation of senior Myanmar politicians and officials on the reform of higher education as part of a British Council-led study tour and dialogue.
  • Briefing to Norwegian Refugee Council, January 2013: briefed NRC senior official on developments in Myanmar.
  • Briefings to Medecins sans Frontières official, January 2013: two briefings for MSF project manager, ahead of their deployment to Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
  • Oxford Analytica Briefings, December 2012 to June 2013: produced and edited briefs on Myanmar for global analysis and advisory firm, supplied to clients worldwide, including many businesses, over 50 governments, and major international agencies.
  • FCO Brainstorming Session on EU-ASEAN Relations, London, 14 August 2012: Briefed UK diplomats in London and Jakarta and participated in an internal planning session.
  • EU Sanctions Against Myanmar: Proposals for Change, 7 March 2012: Briefing paper submitted to the UK FCO.
  • Burma: Long-Term Challenges and International Responses, Wilton Park, 5-6 March 2012: Participation in discussions with UK FCO, Department for International Development and British Council officials on future UK and EU policy towards Myanmar.
  • Diplomatic Excellence and Knowledge Enhancement, FCO, 19 January 2012: Lectured to the FCO multilateral team on ASEAN, to improve knowledge base used to inform and execute British foreign policy in East Asia.
  • Southeast Asia: A Political and Economic Introduction, December 2011: Academic consultant for this UK Parliament research report used to inform debate and legislation in the House of Commons.
  • Avoid Austerity Arguments, 21 November 2011: Briefing paper submitted to the Republic campaign.
  • ESRC Seminar Series on Intervention in the Modern World, House of Lords, London, 12 and 18 January 2011: Engaged with UK policymakers via the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Global Security and Non-Proliferation.
  • The Elephant in the Room: Development Policy and the Problem of Politics, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, 13-14 December 2010: Participated in a workshop of policymakers, NGO leaders and academics to discuss and finalise the outputs of an AusAID-funded research project on ‘Sustainable Demand for Governance – Political Dimensions of Change’.·        
  • Expert Seminar on ASEAN’s Potential as a Stabilising Factor in Great Power Relations with Asia, The Hague, 18 June 2010: Presented research on ‘ASEAN’s Capacity to Play a Regional Role’ to EU policymakers; academic consultant on final report, ASEAN, China’s Rise and Geopolitical Stability in Asia (April 2011).
  • The Southeast Asia Observatory, Paris, 4 May 2010: Presented research on ASEAN and Myanmar to officials from the French ministry of foreign affairs.
  • International Expert Workshop on ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Multilateralism and the Evolving Regional Security Architecture, Singapore, 15-16 October 2009: Presented on ASEAN’s Security Role to Southeast Asian policymakers, journalists and scholars.·        
  • Expert Seminar on ASEAN’s Potential as a Stabilising Factor in Great Power Relations with Asia, The Hague, 18 June 2010: Presented research on ‘ASEAN’s Capacity to Play a Regional Role’ to EU policymakers; academic consultant on final report, ASEAN, China’s Rise and Geopolitical Stability in Asia (April 2011).
  • The Southeast Asia Observatory, Paris, 4 May 2010: Presented research on ASEAN and Myanmar to officials from the French ministry of foreign affairs.
  • International Expert Workshop on ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Multilateralism and the Evolving Regional Security Architecture, Singapore, 15-16 October 2009: Presented on ASEAN’s Security Role to Southeast Asian policymakers, journalists and scholars.
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