Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Regional Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Is it up to the challenge?

Guest Speaker: Dr Muthiah Alagappa
Distinguished Senior Fellow and founding Director of East-West Centre Washington. Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair at the Centre of Strategic Studies at Victoria University (November 2010 – January 2011)

Event Date: Tuesday 16th November 2010
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Room Chancellor 3, Level 16, 147 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011.

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Muthiah Alagappa PhD

Muthiah Alagappa PhD

Dr. Muthiah Alagappa is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. From 2001 to 2007 he was founding director of East-West Center Washington. Prior to that he was director of the integrated research program in East-West Center Honolulu and has been a senior fellow at the East-West Center since 1989. He was Senior Fellow at ISIS Malaysia from 1985 to 1989 and a career officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces from 1962 to 1982.

Muthiah Alagappa has extensive research experience in Comparative and International Politics of Asia. He has led numerous multi-year, multinational, collaborative research projects and has published widely in highly reputed university presses and international journals. His recent books include The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia; Civil Society and Political Change in Asia: Expanding and Contracting Democratic Space; and Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features, all published by Stanford University Press. He is now working on a book manuscript tentatively titled “War, Peace, and Cooperation: State Making and International Relations in Asia since 1945.”

He contributed to and guest-edited a special issue of International Studies (Vol.46, Issues 1 and 2, 2009) published by Jawaharlal Nehru University and Sage Publications in New Delhi on international studies in India and is presently guest-editing a special issue of International Relations of Asia Pacific on the development of international studies in
Asia (to appear in 2011).

Dr. Alagappa initiated and led two book series (Asian Security, Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific) published by Stanford University Press and one peer reviewed monograph series published by the East-West Center.

He held visiting professorships at Columbia University, Stanford University, Keio University, and the Nanyang Technological University. He was Leverhulme visiting professor at University of Bristol in the fall of 2008 and will be Howard Kippenberger
Chair in Strategic Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand in fall/winter 2010-11.

Prior to his academic career Muthiah Alagappa served as a commissioned officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces in field, command, and staff positions. He graduated from Federation Military College (Malaysia) in 1962 and attended the British Army Staff College (Camberly) in 1973-74.

He received an MA in Politics from the University of Lancaster and a Ph.D. in
International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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