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Peou, Sorpong

Politics

Doctorate:

PhD (International Relations and Comparative Politics):
York (Can.)

Office:

JOR724

Telephone:

(416) 979-5000 x 6602

Email Address:

speou@politics.ryerson.ca

Biography:

Dr. Sorpong Peou is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. He is also a College Fellow at McLaughlin College, York University, Toronto, and a Member of the Eminent Persons Group at the Asian Political and International Studies Association. He is also a former President of Science for Peace, based at the University of Toronto, Canada.

He joined the Department 01 July 2013 following a three-year term as Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Winnipeg (2010 to 2013), and served as Department Chair from 2013-2016.  Prior to his appointment in Winnipeg, he was Professor of International Security at Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), Canada-ASEAN Fellow, and Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore).

In addition to a PhD in International Relations and Comparative Politics from York University (Canada), Dr. Peou holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science from York University (Canada), and a Bachelor of Arts - Honours (BA - Hon) in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Dr Peou’s research and teaching interests are generally in the fields of Global Peace and Security Studies and Comparative Politics, with specialization in Global Governance, Security and Democracy Studies with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Selected Publications:

Forthcoming (all categories):

  • Review of Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want: An Introduction to Human Security by Robert J. Hanlon and Kenneth Christie (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2016): 288 pp. International Journal, forthcoming.

Books:
[see "Book Chapters" section (below) for chapters authored and co-authored]

  • Human Security Studies: Theories, Methods and Themes. Singapore and Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2014.
  • Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Theory and Practice. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.
  • Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action, ed.New York and Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2009.
  • International Democracy Assistance for Peacebuilding: Cambodia and Beyond. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Intervention and Change in Cambodia: Towards Democracy? NY, Singapore and Thailand: St. Martin Press and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Silkworm: 2000.
  • Cambodia: Change and Continuity in Contemporary Politics, ed. Aldershot, UK: International Library of Social Change in Asia Pacific, Ashgate: 2000.
  • Conflict Neutralization in the Cambodia War: From Battlefield to Ballot Box. Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Cambodia - The 1989 Paris Peace Conference (ed. with Amitav Acharya and Pierre Lizée). New York: Kraus International Publishers: 1991.

Articles:

  • Cambodia’s Politics of Survival Threatens Democracy.” East Asia Forum 21 November 2017.
  • Peace through Democracy and Justice? Legacies and Lessons from the Case of Cambodia.” The Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 5:1 (May 2017): 89-110.
  • “Cambodia: Toward Single-Party Dictatorship? Jointly published by the APPS [Asia and the Pacific Policy Society] Policy Forum and New Mandala: New Perspectives on Southeast Asia.  17 March 2017.
  • “Human Security through Formal Trials? Some Evidence from Southeast Asia.” RSIS  Commentary CO17004.  Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technical University, 05 January 2017. Also published in Eurasia Review: A Journal of Analysis and News 06 January 2017.
  • “Building an Asia-Pacific Peace Community from a Human Security Perspective.” Asian International Studies Review 17:1 (June 2016): 1-23.
  • “The Limits and Potential of Liberal Democratization in Southeast Asia.” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs 33:3 (2014): 19-47.
  • “Human Security at 20 - Lysoen Revisited” (with Lloyd Axworthy, Knut Vollebaek, Stein Kuhnle). Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 2:2 (2014) [Human Security after 20 Years - Special issue ed. Sorpong Peou and Stein Kuhnle]: 143-149. 
  • “The Limits and Potential of Liberal Peacebuilding.” Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 2:1 (2014): 37-60.
  • “Why the Rise of China May Not Cause Major-Power Transition War: A Review Essay.” Asian Politics and Policy 6:1 (January 2014): 121-131.
  • “Keeping the Rise of China in Check: A Review Essay.” Asian Politics and Policy 4:3 (July 2012): 425-36.
  • “Merits in Security Community Studies.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 5:2 (2005): 267-274.
  • “Collaborative Human Security? The UN and other Actors in Cambodia.” International Peacekeeping 12:1 (Spring 2005): 105-24. Reprinted in Human Security (Volume 3: Policy and Advocacy), ed. Taylor Owen. London: Sage: 2013.
  • “Cambodia’s Democratic and Economic Development.” Bertelsmann Transformation Index, 2001-2004 (International ranking).
  • “The UN, Peacekeeping and Collective Human Security: From the Agenda for Peace to the Brahimi Report.” International Peacekeeping 9:2 (Summer 2003): 51-68.
  • “Withering Realism? A Review of Recent Security Studies on the Asia-Pacific Region.” Pacific Affairs 75:4 (Winter 2002-2003): 575-84.
  • “Constructivism in Contemporary East-Asian Security Studies: Assessing its Strengths and Weaknesses.” Pacific Focus 17:2 (Fall 2002): 177-211.
  • “Realism and Constructivism in Southeast Asian Security Studies Today: A Review Essay.” The Pacific Review 15:1 (2002): 119-138. Reprinted in The International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, ed. Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott. London: Sage, 2010.
  • “Une Analyse Comparée de L’Impact de la Crise Économique Asiatique sur les Politiques Intérieures: Le Cas du Cambodge.” Revue International de Politiques Comparées 8:3 (Winter 2001): 587-600.
  • “Contemporary Studies on Security in East Asia.” Sophia International Review (March 2001): 69-88.
  • “Cambodia’s Democratic and Economic Development.” Bertelsmann Transformation Index, 1999-2000 (International ranking).
  • “Cambodia in 1998: From Despair to Hope?” Asian Survey 38½ (Jan. 1999): 20-26.
  • “Hun Sen’s Preemptive Coup: Causes and Consequences.” Southeast Asian Affairs (1998): 86-102.
  • “The Cambodian Election of 1998 and the Future of Liberal Democracy.” Contemporary Southeast Asia 20:3 (December 1998): 279-97.
  • “The Subsidiarity Model of Global Governance in the ASEAN-UN Context.” Global Governance 4:4 (1998): 439-59.
  • “Diplomatic Pragmatism: ASEAN’s Response to the July 1997 Coup.” Accord: An International Review of Peace Initiatives 4 (Nov. 1998): 30-35.
  • “Cambodia in 1997: Back to Square One?” Asian Survey (January 1998): 69-74.
  • “The New Conflict: Revisiting the Most Recent Cambodian Coup.” Harvard Asia Pacific Review (Winter 1997/98): 92-95.
  • “Cambodia in ASEAN: Examining Myths and Realities.” Cambodia Development Review 1 (April 1997): 1-3.
  • “The Foreign Policy of Weak States: Cambodia’s Domestic Crises and Dependent Status in World Politics.” Cambodian Journal of International Affairs 2:1 (1997): 8-33.
  • “UNTAC: Between Hawks and Doves, and a Lesson to Learn.” Dokkyo International Review 10 (1997): 167-200.
  • “Cambodia: A New Glimpse of Hope?” Southeast Asian Affairs (1997): 83-103.
  • “Cambodia’s Post-Cold War Dilemma: Democratization, Armed Conflict, and Authoritarianism.” Southeast Asian Affairs (1996): 130-43.
  • “Japan’s Rearmament.” Asian Review. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University (1995): 81-110.
  • “A Further Look at UNTAC’s Performance and Dilemmas: A Review Article.” Contemporary Southeast Asia 17:2 (September 1995): 207-23.

Journal Editorship

  • Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 2:2 (2014): 143-215.  Human Security after 20 Years - Special issue co-edited with Stein Kuhnle.

Book Chapters

  • “The Politics of Survival in Cambodia: National Security for Undemocratic Control.” In National Security, Statecentricity, and Governance in East Asia, ed. Brendan M. Howe, 81-106. Series: Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • “Cambodia: From Isolation to Involvement in Regional Community Building.” In Regional Community Building in East Asia: Countries in Focus, ed. Lee Lai To and Zarina Othman, 33-56. Series: Politics in Asia.  New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • “Peace Through Retribution or Reconciliation? Some Insights and Evidence from Southeast Asia.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace, ed. Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda and Jasmin Ramovic, 336-349. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • “Democratization and Human Rights in Southeast Asia.” In Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization, ed. William Case, 38-53. New York and Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Country Profile: Thailand.” In Providing for Peacekeeping, a project of the International Peace Institute and The Elliott School at George Washington University. June 2014.
  • “Party and Party System Institutionalization in Cambodia.” In Party System Institutionalization in Asia: Democracies, Autocracies, and the Shadows of the Past, ed. Allen Hicken and Erik Martinez Kuhonta, 212-235.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • “Human Security in Post-Conflict Cambodia.”In Development and Human Security in Asia, ed. Brenda Howe. Farnham, 117-136. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2014.
  • “Collaborative Human Security? The United Nations and other Actors in Cambodia.” In Human Security (Volume 3: Policy and Advocacy), ed. Taylor Owen. London: Sage: 2013. Originally published as “Collaborative Human Security? The United Nations and Other Actors in Cambodia?” International Peacekeeping 12:1 (2005): 105-124.
  • “Mass Atrocities under the Khmer Rouge Reign of Terror.” In State Violence in Asia, ed. N. Ganesan and Sung Chull Kim. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
  • “Theoretical Approaches to East Asian Security.” In Handbook of Asian Regionalism, ed. Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2011.
  • “The Challenge for Human Rights in Cambodia.” In Human Rights in Asia, ed. Tom Davis and Brian Galligan. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2011.
  • “Cambodia: A Hegemonic Party System in the Making.” In Political Parties, Party Systems and Democratization in East Asia, ed. Liang Fook Lye and Wilhelm Hofmeister. Singapore and Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific 2011.
  • “Critical Challenges for Globalism in Human Security Studies.” In Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action, ed. Sorpong Peou, 13-28.  New York and Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2009.
  • “The Limits of Collaborative Action on International Criminal Justice in East Asia.” In Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action, ed. Sorpong Peou, 108-124. New York and Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2009. 
  • “Conclusion: Human Security and Policy Implications for Future Collaborative Action.” In Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action, ed. Sorpong Peou, 142-154.  New York and Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2009.
  • “Realism and Constructivism in Southeast Asian Security Studies Today: A Review Essay.” In The International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, ed. Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott. London: Sage, 2010. Originally published as “Realism and Constructivism in Southeast Asian Security Studies Today: A Review Essay,” The Pacific Review 15:1 (2002): 119-138.
  • “Japan, ASEAN, and Regional Security: A Southeast Asian Perspective.” In Japanese Relations with ASEAN since the Fukuda Doctrine, ed. Lee Poh Ping. Kuala Lumpur: Center for East-Asian Studies, University of Malaya: 2009.
  • “Re-examining Liberal Peacebuilding in Light of Realism and Pragmatism.” In New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding, ed. Edward Newman, Roland Paris, and Oliver Richmond. Tokyo and Paris: United Nations University Press, 2009.
  • “Security Community Building in Asia Pacific.” In Re-envisioning Asia-Pacific Security: A Regional-Global Nexus?, ed. William Tow. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • “Regional Security Communities: Theory, Practice, and Future Prospects for East Asia.” In Regional Security in East Asia: Challenges to Cooperation and Community Building, ed. Aileen S. P. Baviera. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Asian Center, 2008.
  • “From the Battlefield into the State: Post-UNTAC Political Violence and the Limits of Peacebuilding.” In The Politics of Death: Political Violence in Southeast Asia, ed. Aurel Croissant, Beate Martin, and Sascha Kneip, 283-317. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2006.
  • “Consolidation or Crisis of Democracy? Cambodia’s Parliamentary Elections in 2003 and Beyond.” In Between Consolidation and Crisis: Elections and Democracy in Five Nations in Southeast Asia, ed. Aurel Croissant and Beate Martin. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2006.
  • “The Promise and Limits of International Assistance for Human Rights Institution-Building in Cambodia.” In Promoting Democracy in Postconflict Societies, ed. Jeroen de Zeeuw and Krishna Kumar. Boulder, CO and London: Lynne Rienner, 2006.
  • “Collaborative Human Security? The United Nations and Other Actors in Cambodia?” In UN Peace Operations and Asian Security, ed. Mely Caballero-Anthony and Amitav Acharya. London and New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • “The UN’s Modest Impact on Cambodia’s Democracy.” In The UN Role in Promoting Democracy: Between Ideas and Reality, ed. Edward Newman and Roland Rich. Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2004.
  • “The UN, Peacekeeping and Collective Human Security: From an Agenda for Peace to the Brahimi Report.” In Recovering from Civil Conflict: Reconciliation, Peace and Development, ed. Edward Newman and Albrecht Schanabel. London: Frank Cass, 2002.
  • “Regional Community Building for Better Global Governance.” In The United Nations System in the 21st Century, ed. Volker Rittberger. Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2002.
  • “Implementing Cambodia’s Peace Agreement: Challenges, Strategies and Outcome.” In Implementation of Peace Agreements in Civil War, ed. Stephen Stedman and Don Rothchild. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002.
  • “Cambodia: After the Killing Fields.” In Governments and Political Practice in Southeast Asia, ed. John Funston. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001.
  • “The Neutralization of Protracted Conflicts? The Case of UNTAC.” In Adapting the United Nations to a Post-Modern World, ed. Andy Knight. London, UK: Macmillan Press, 2001.
  • “From Socialism to Liberal Democracy: The Challenge for Cambodia.” In Democratization and Conflict Management/Prevention in Southeast Asia in the 21st Century, ed. Pranee Thiparat. Bangkok: Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, 2001.
  • “Cambodia” (with Kenji Yamada). In Good Intentions: Pledges of Aid for Post-Conflict Recovery, ed. Shepard Forman and Stewart Patrick. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 2000.
  • “The ASEAN Regional Forum: Stabilizing Asia’s Balance-of-Power System.” In Dynamo or Dynamite? Cambodia’s Future in ASEAN, ed. Kao Kim Hourn and J. Kaplan. London: ASEAN Academic Press, 1999.
  • “Cambodia: Coming to Terms with ASEAN.” In Cambodia in ASEAN, ed. Kao Kim Hourn. Phnom Penh: Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace, August 1995.

Special Chapter  (updated annually 2002-2016):

  • “Cambodian History” (with Laura Summers). In The Far East and Australasia 
    • 2016, 47th ed., ed. Juliet Love, pp-pp. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2015.
    • 2015, 46th ed., ed. Juliet Love, pp-pp. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2014.
    • 2014, 45th ed., ed. Juliet Love, 170-192. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2013.
    • 2013, 44th ed., ed. Juliet Love, pp-pp. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2012.
    • 2012, 43rd ed., ed. Lynn Daniel, 160-183. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2011.
    • 2011, 42nd ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, pp-pp. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2010.
    • 2010, 41st ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, 141-162. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2009.
    • 2009, 40th ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, pp-pp. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2008.
    • 2008, 39th ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, 134-156. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2007.
    • 2007, 38th ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, pp-pp. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2006.
    • 2006, 37th ed.ed. Lynn Daniel, 135-154. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2005.
    • 2005, 36th ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, pp-pp. Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Europa Publications (Taylor and Francis Group), 2004.
    • 2004, 35th ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, 126-143. Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Europa Publications (Taylor and Francis Group), 2003.
    • 2003, 34th ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, 227-243. Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Europa Publications (Taylor and Francis Group), 2002.
    • 2002, 33rd ed. ed. Lynn Daniel, 216-232. Regional Surveys of the World. London and New York: Europa Publications (Taylor and Francis Group), 2001.

Reviews:

  • Review of Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia by John D. Ciorciari and Anne Heindel (Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 2014): 464 pp. Pacific Affairs 89:4 (December 2016): 941-943.
  • Review of Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert D. Kaplan (New York: Random House, 2014): 256 pp. Michigan War Studies Review 2015-100 (9 November 2015): online.
  • Review of China and India: Great Power Rivals by Mohan Malik (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers: A First Forum Press Book, 2011): 468 pp. Asian Politics and Policy 5:1 (January 2013): 141-44.
  • Review of Global Security Watch: Japan by Andrew L. Oros and Yuki Tatsumi (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010): 198 pp. Asian Politics and Policy 3:2 (July 2011): 478-81.
  • Review of Beyond Democracy in Cambodia: Political Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Society, ed.Joakim Öjendal and Mona Lilja (Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2009): 320 pp. Pacific Affairs 84:2 (June 2011): 392-93.
  • Review of Reinventing Thailand: Thanksin and His Foreign Policy, by Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010): 392 pp. Asian Politics and Policy 4:2 (2011): 295-97.
  • Review of International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy, rev. 2nd ed. by Donald E. Weatherbee [Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, Plymouth (UK): Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009]: 348 pp. Pacific Affairs 83:2 (June 2010): 409-411.
  • Review of The Changing Dynamics of Southeast Asian Politics by Jörn Dosch (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2007): 271 pp. Pacific Affairs 80:4 (2007): 689-91.
  • Review of The European Union and ASEAN: Trade and Investment Issues, ed. by Roger Strange, Jim Slater, and Corrado Molteni (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000): 272 pp. Pacific Affairs 75:2 (July 2002): 265-267.
  • Review article Holocaust and Genocide Studies 11:3 (Winter 1997): 413-25.
    • Review of The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79, by Ben Kiernan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996): 492 pp;
    • Review of Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot by David Chandler (St Leonards, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 1993; Boulder and Oxford: Westview Press, 1992): 254 pp.;
    • Review of Western Reponses to Human Rights Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80 by Jamie Frederick Metzl (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1996): 260 pp.

Working Papers:

  • International Assistance for Local Institution Building in Post-Conflict Cambodia. The Hague: Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 2004.
  • Toward a Eurasian Security Community: The Case of ASEAN and the EU. Bangkok: The Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2002.
  • The ASEAN Regional Forum and International Security in East Asia: A Case for Constructive Realism? Singapore: ISEAS Working Papers 1 (Jan. 1999).
  • Cambodia after the Cold War: The Search for Security Continues. Monash University, Working Papers 96 (1995).
  • Cooperative Security and the Emerging Security Agenda in Southeast Asia: The Challenges and Opportunities of Peace in Cambodia (with Pierre Lizée). Toronto: YCISS Occasional Paper, York University 21 (November 1993).
  • The Changing Context of Security Relations in Southeast Asia: Implications for Conflict and Conflict Management in the 1990s (with Pierre Lizée). Toronto: Centre for International and Strategic Studies, York University, 1990.

Spoken Languages:

English, Cambodian, French