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KHONG, Yuen Foong

Khong Yuen Foong

Li Ka Shing Professor in Political Science

Ph.D., Political Science (International Relations), Harvard University.

Khong Yuen Foong
Contact Details

DID: +65 6601 3078

Office Location

469A Bukit Timah Road 
Level 10, Tower Block
Singapore 259770


Khong Yuen Foong is Li Ka Shing Professor in Political Science at the School. He was formerly Professor of International Relations, and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987 and was Assistant/Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Government Department from 1987-1994. 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. His research interests include United States foreign policy, the international relations of the Asia Pacific, and cognitive approaches to international relations. 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.

Khong Yuen Foong - CV

Research Areas

  • ASEAN and Southeast Asia
  • International Relations Theory
  • International security



  • Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965 (Princeton University Press, 1992; 6th printing 2006).
  • With Charles Kupchan, Emmauel Adler, and Jean Marc Coicaud, Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2001)
  • With Neil MacFarlane, The United Nations and Human Security: A Critical History (Indiana University Press, 2006).


  • “Primacy or World Order? The United States’ Response to the rise of China—A Review Essay,” International Security, Winter 2013-14, pp. 153-175.
  •  “Hegemony, Balance, Diplomacy, and War Avoidance in East Asia,” in Barry Buzan and Yongjin Zhang (eds.), International Society and the Contest over “East Asia” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • “Foreign Policy Analysis and the International Relations of Asia,” in Saadia Pekkanen, John Ravenhill, and Rosemary Foot (eds.), The Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • “The American Tributary System,” The Chinese Journal of International Politics, v.6, Spring 2013, pp. 1-47.
  • “Neoconservatism and the Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ideas in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” in Steve Smith, Timothy Dunne, and Amelia Hadfield (eds.), Foreign Policy Analysis: Theories, Actors, Cases (Oxford University Press, 2008; revised and updated, 2012).
  • With Helen Nesadurai, “Hanging Together, Institutional Design, and Cooperation in Southeast Asia: The AFTA and ARF Experiences” in Iain Johnston and Amitav Acharya (eds.), Crafting Cooperation: The Design and Effect of Regional Institutions in Comparative Perspective, (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 32-82.
  • “The Elusiveness of Regional Order: Leifer, the English School, and Southeast Asia,” The Pacific Review, 18; March 2005: 23-41.
  • “Coping with Strategic Uncertainty: Institutions and Soft Balancing in ASEAN’s Post-Cold War Strategy” in Peter Katzenstein, Allen Carlson, and J. J Suh (eds.) Rethinking Security in East Asia (Stanford University Press: 2004), pp. 172-208.
  • “The Agent-Structure Debate and America’s Vietnam Options: A Reply to Professor Gavan Duffy.” Japanese Journal of Political Science, 3: 2002: 1-23.
  • “Human Security: A Shotgun Approach to Alleviating Human Misery?” Global Governance 7: 2001: 231-36.


  • PP5160 America and Asia
  • International Politics: The Rules of the Game
  • Decision-Making: Political & Psychological Aspects
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