April 10, 2018 – Professor Paul Evans, UBC

Paul Evans (PhD Dalhousie) has been a professor at the University of British Columbia since 1999 teaching Asian and trans-Pacific affairs. Paul is the current Interim Research Director of the Institute of Asian Research.

His academic appointments have been as Assistant, Associate and Professor, Department of Political Science, York University, 1981-97; Director, University of Toronto – York University Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, 1991-96; Visiting Professor, Asia Center, Harvard University, 1997-99; Acting Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 2004-5; Director, Institute of Asian Research, 2008-11.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was on leave from UBC to serve as the Co-CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

A regionalist rather than country specialist, he has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University (1988); National Chengchi University (1989); Chulalongkorn University (1989); the East-West Center (1995); and the National Institute for Research Advancement in Tokyo (1999). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 2011 and 2013 and Singapore Management University in 2015 and 2016 as head of the International Academic Advisory Panel for its School of Social Sciences.

The author or editor of eight books, his first was a biography of John Fairbank, his best selling with David Capie, a lexicon of Asia Pacific security terminology, and his most recent Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper, published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press.

An advocate of cooperative and human security, he has been studying and promoting policy-related activity on track-two security processes and the construction of multilateral institutions since 1988. He was a co-founder of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP), the Canadian Consortium on Human Security, and the Canada-Korea Forum. He has directed exchange and partnership projects with numerous institutes in Asia and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and funded by governments and foundations in Canada, Japan, the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.

A member of the International Council of the Asia Society in New York, he also sits on the editorial boards of The Pacific Reviewand The Chinese Journal of International PoliticsThe Chinese Quarterly of Strategic Studies, and Journal Mexico y la Cuenca del Pacifico. He is a Canadian representative on the Expert and Eminent Persons Group of the ASEAN Regional Forum.

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