Khong Yuen Foong

Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science, NUS
Ph.D., Political Science (International Relations), Harvard University

Prof Khong Yuen Foong is Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. A top scholar in International Relations of the Asia Pacific, he was formerly Professor of International Relations, and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. He was Assistant/ Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Government Department from 1987-1994.

Prof Khong’s research interests include international relations of the Asia Pacific, cognitive approaches to international relations and United States foreign policy. His Ph.D. dissertation was awarded Harvard’s Sumner Prize for the best dissertation on war and peace in 1988. His book, Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965 (Princeton, 1992; sixth printing 2006) was co-winner of the American Political Science Associations Political Psychology Book Award (1994). He also received the Erik Erikson Award for distinguished early career contribution to political psychology in 1996. He has held grants from the Social Science Research Council (New York)-MacArthur Foundation Program on Security in a Changing World, the United States Institute of Peace, and the (U.K.) Leverhulme Trust.

A former Vice-President of the International Studies Association (U.S.A), 1999-2000, he has also served on the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Committee on International Peace and Security.

Recent publications include “The American Tributary System,” The Chinese Journal of International Politics (2013) and “The United States Response to China’s Rise,” International Security, (2013/2014). He is currently working on two long term projects, International Politics: The Rules of the Game and The American Tributary System.

Research Areas
• ASEAN and Southeast Asia
• International relations theory
• International security