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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

HENG, Yee Kuang HENG, Yee Kuang

教授 / Professor HENG, Yee KuangHENG, Yee Kuang


Courses in AY 2017

  • 5112195 Field Seminar in International Relations
  • 5112270 Security Studies
  • 5122135 New Dimensions of Security in the Risk Age
  • 5170002 Project Seminar
  • 5175001 国際安全保障研究:政治学系(Security Studies)
  • 5175002 国際安全保障研究:政治学系(New Dimensions of Security in the Risk Age)


Professor (International Security), Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Specially Appointed Guest Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University, Tokyo
Associate Professor of International Relations Assistant Dean (Research) 2012-2014, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore
Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Prof) in International Relations, School of International Relations University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Prof) in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland
Graduate Teaching Assistant Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
• PhD International Relations (awarded without revisions)
• Funded by UK Overseas Research Scholars Award (ORSA) Scheme & LSE Research Fellowship
• Dissertation title: ‘War as Risk Management’
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
• BSc. International Relations and History (First Class Honours)


Global Risks and International Security
Japanese foreign and security policy
Soft Power in the Asia-Pacific
British and American use of force in the post-Cold War era
Singapore International Relations


1. Managing Global Risks in an Urban age: Singapore and the making of a Global City, ‘Rethinking Asia and International Relations’ Series, London: Routledge, 2016

2. Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions (eds), ‘Asia Today’ series, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (with Chiyuki Aoi)

3. War as Risk Management: Strategy and Conflict in an age of Globalised Risks,
‘Contemporary Security Studies’ series, London: Routledge, 2006

4. Risk, Global Governance and Security: the other war on terror,
‘Global Security’ series, London: Routledge, 2009 (first-author, with Ken McDonagh)

Peer-reviewed Refereed Academic Journal Articles
1. 'Shaping Norms for Health Governance in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)' (with M Nodzenski, T Pang & KH Phua), Global Health Governance, Vol. X No. 2, Fall 2016

2. ‘Three Faces of Japan’s Soft Power’, Asian International Studies Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, 2017

3. ‘Turning on the taps: Singapore’s new branding as a global hydrohub’ (with Joo Yu Min), International Development Planning Review, Vol. 39 Issue 2, 2017

4. ‘Can small states be more than price-takers?’(with Syed Adha), Global Governance, Vol. 21 No. 3, July-September 2015, pp.435-454

5. ‘Managing Risk, the State and Political Economy in Historical Perspective’ (with Ken McDonagh), International Politics, Vol. 52 No. 4, July 2015, pp.408-425

6. ‘Smart Power and Japan’s Self-Defence Forces’, Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 38 No. 3, 2015, pp.282-308

7. ‘Beyond kawaii pop culture: Japan’s normative soft power as a global trouble-shooter’, The Pacific Review, Vol. 27 No. 2, May 2014, pp.169-192

8. ‘The Bundeswehr and the Kunduz Air Strike 4 September 2009: Germany’s Post-Heroic moment?’ (with Constantin Schuessler), European Security, Vol. 22 No. 3, 2013, pp.355-375

9. ‘A global city in an age of global risks: Singapore’s evolving discourse on vulnerability’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 35 No. 4, Dec 2013, pp.432-452

10. ‘Confessions of a small state: Singapore’s evolving approach to international peace operations’, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol. 16 Issue 1-2, February 2012, pp.119-151

11. ‘What did New Labour ever do for us? Evaluating Tony Blair’s imprint on British
strategic culture’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 14 No. 4, Nov 2012, pp.556-575

12. ‘After the ‘War on Terror’: Regulatory States, Risk Bureaucracies and the Risk-based Governance of Terror’ (with Ken McDonagh), International Relations, Vol. 25 No. 3, September 2011, pp.313-329

13. ‘Ghosts in the machine: Is IR eternally haunted by the spectre of old concepts?’
International Politics, Vol. 47 No. 5, September 2010, pp.535-556

14. ‘Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the softest of them all? Evaluating Japanese and
Chinese strategies in the ‘soft’ power competition era’, International Relations of the
Asia-Pacific, Vol. 10 No. 2, May 2010, pp.275-306

15. ‘The other war on terror revealed: Global governmentality and the Financial Action
Task Force’s campaign against terrorist financing’, Review of International Studies,
Vol. 34 No. 3, July 2008 (with Ken McDonagh), pp.553-573

16. ‘The Return of Net Assessment’, Survival, Vol. 49 No. 4, Winter 2007-08, pp.135-

17. ‘Old wine in new bottles? Reconfiguring Net Assessment as a framework of 21st
century security analysis’, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 28 No. 3, December 2007, pp.423-443

18. ‘Lost in translation? Why Japan and traditional Great Power rivalry remain key to
East Asian international politics’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 18, October 2007, pp.45-59

19. The transformation of war debate: through the looking glass of Ulrich Beck’s World
Risk Society’, International Relations, Vol. 20 No.1, March 2006, pp.69-91

20. ‘Unravelling the ‘war’ on terrorism: A ‘risk-management’ exercise in ‘war’
clothing?’, Security Dialogue, Vol. 33, No.2 , June 2002, pp.227-242

Book Chapters
1. 'CHINESE AND JAPANESE “SOFT POWER” PROJECTION: A TANGLED WEB OF CULTURE, GEO-STRATEGIC COMPETITION AND NAVAL POWER' in Lam Peng Er (ed) China-Japan Relations in the 21th Century, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

2. ‘Japan as security-provider in Asia’, in Peace and Stability in Asia, German-Southeast Asian Centre of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance, Thammasat University, forthcoming 2018

3. ‘Constraints and Opportunities in the US Defence Posture in Asia’ in Andrew Tan (ed), Handbook of the United States in Asia, Edward Elgar, UK, forthcoming 2018

4. ‘Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and “Smart Power”, in Mary McCarthy (ed) The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Foreign Policy, Routledge, forthcoming 2018

5. `Terrorism and counter-terrorism in Japan` (with Chiyuki Aoi) in Michael Boyle (ed), Non-Western responses to Terrorism, Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2018

6. ‘The Asia Pacific region and international peace support: Limits of institutionalization’ (with Chiyuki Aoi) in Takashi Inoguchi (ed), The Sage Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy Vol.2,SAGE Publications, forthcoming 2018

7. ‘Assessing the Sino-US Power Balance,’ in Andrew Tan (ed) Handbook of US- China Relations, Edward Elgar, 2016

8. ‘Singapore’s perceptions of long-term strategic and economic trends in South-east Asia’, in David Denoon (eds), The US, China and the future of south-east Asia, New York University Press, 2017

9. 'NATO and Regional Approaches to Asia-Pacific Security: The Singapore perspective' in Alex Moens and Brooke Windsor (eds), NATO and Asia-Pacific, NATO Defence College and Simon Fraser University, 2016

10. ‘The Financial Action Task Force’, (co-authored with Ken McDonagh), in James Sperling (ed), Handbook of Security Governance, Edward Elgar, 2014

11. ‘ASEAN and the South China Sea disputes’ in Huang Jing (eds), The South China Sea: Central to Asia-Pacific Peace and Security, Palgrave, 2014

12. ‘Japan’s anti-piracy mission off Somalia and the dynamics of Great Power intervention’, in Emma Leonard (eds) Globalizing Somalia: Multilateral, International and Transnational Repercussions of Conflict, Bloomsbury Press: New York and London, 2013

13. ‘The New Security Concept: The role of the military in Chinese foreign policy’, in Emilian Kavalski (ed), The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy, Ashgate: 2012

14. ‘Risk, Reflexive Rationality and the implications for decision-making’, in Heidi
Kurkinnen, Decision-Making in Crisis and War, Helsinki: Finnish National Defence University, 2010, pp.19-32

15. ‘The Iraq crisis: intelligence-driven or risk-driven?’ in Eunan O’Halpin, Robert
Armstrong and Jane Ohlmeyer(eds), Intelligence, International Power and Statecraft, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006, pp. 222-34

16. ‘Unravelling the war on terrorism’, in Alan O’Day (editor), The War on
Terrorism, Ashgate, December 2004, pp.67-83

Reviews, Articles for Specialist Journals, Op-ed Pieces and Media etc:
1. Invited book review: ‘China and Japan as Charm Rivals’, in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Vol. 15 No. 2, 2015, p.400-402

2. Invited review: ‘Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century’, in RUSI Journal, Vol. 158 No. 4, August/Sep 2013, p.89

3. Invited review: International Relations and States of Exception, in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 23 No. 4, Dec 2010, pp.625-626

4. Invited review: War in an Age of Risk, RUSI Journal, Vol. 154 No. 3, July 2009, pp.82-83

5. ‘Book review: Client State’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol.37 No. 3, 2009, pp.814-815

6. ‘Invited review: Risk Society at War’, Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 11 No. 5, 2008, pp.689-691

7. ‘Invited Response to J. Owen Herzog’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 20 No. 2, June 2007, pp.350-351

8. ‘Okinawa remains stumbling block for Abe’, TODAY, 24 December 2014

9. ‘Live’ interview with Channel News Asia on the Japan elections, 14 December 2014

10. ‘Tackling Japan’s security challenges ‘ (with William Choong), The Straits Times,07 February 2015

11. ‘Japan: troublemaker or troubleshooter’, The Straits Times, 25 March 2014

12. ‘Europe not quite the paradigm of peace’, The Straits Times, 22 Oct 2013

13. ‘Stars aligning for Japan in south-east Asia?’, The Straits Times, 12 June 2013

14. ‘Protecting Japan’s beautiful seas’, The Straits Times, 04 January 2013,

15. ‘Asia and the US elections: foreign policy challenges’, invited contribution to Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), UK, special online feature on ‘The US elections: what the rest of the world thinks’,, 23 October 2012

16. ‘Power that speaks softly’, Interview and profile featured in ‘Chatroom’ section, The Straits Times, 08 September 2012

17. ‘Wobbly British finally strike gold’, The Straits Times, 08 August 2012

18. ‘Britain goes all out to charm Asia’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 30 April 2012

19. ‘Rajaratnam’s global city vision vindicated 40 years on’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 06 February 2012

20. ‘Japan circles the aerial wagons', The Straits Times (Singapore), 11 November 2011

21. ‘Water: Once an albatross, now a source of soft power’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 30 August 2011

22. ‘Best not to push Japan into a corner’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 21 December 2010

23. ‘The Japanese art of adapting to crisis’, The Straits Times, (Singapore), 19 October 2010

24. ‘Singapore’s unique identity sets it apart from China’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 05 September 2010

25. ‘Soft Power: Singapore has what it takes’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 03 July 2010

26. ‘Humanitarianism, military and security issues: NGOs, depleted uranium and the ICC’, Royal United Services Institute Newsbriefs, Vol. 21, Issue 4, April 2001