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Paul Evans  

Professor, Institute of Asian Research and Liu Institute for Global Issues
The University of British Columbia 
#365-1855 West Mall 
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2   Canada 
Tel: (604) 822-2533
Fax: (604) 822-5207 

Paul Evans (PhD Dalhousie) has been a professor at the University of British Columbia since 1999 teaching Asian and trans-Pacific international relations

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; and Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, 2011 and 2013. 

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. 

He now teaches primarily in the IAR’s Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) program, offering courses on “Methods and Perspectives” and “Global China and World Order.” 

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).

The author or editor of eight books, his first was a biography of John Fairbank, his most recent, with David Capie, a lexicon of Asia Pacific security terminology, and his current one “Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper,” was released in March 2014.  

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 more than fifteen 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 and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, he also sits on the editorial boards of The Pacific Review and the Chinese Journal of International Politics.

His recent articles have focused on East Asian regionalism, the emergence of global China, and Canada's Asia policy. Some of them include:

DNA Episode 9: Wang Gungwu,” interview with Wang Gungwu on Academic Leadership in Asia, Digital Narrative of Asia Project (Jan, 2016).

The Future of Canada’s relationship with China,” with Wendy Dobson, Institute for Research on Public Policy (Nov, 2015).

Between Truth and Power: Kim Kyung-Won, 1936-2012,” in Han Sung Joo, ed., Agonies and Aspirations of a Liberal (international Policy Studies Institute, 2013).

Dancing with the Dragon,” lead essay in the Literary Review of Canada, April 2013.

China and the Global Order: One Challenge,Three Perspectives," Government and Opposition, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 117–134, 2012

Historians and Chinese world order: Fairbank, Wang, and the matter of ‘indeterminate relevance’,” in Zheng Yongnian, ed. China and International Relations: The Chinese view and the contribution of Wang Gungwu (Routledge, 2010)

Singapore Debates America," RSIS Commentaries, No. 104/2010 Sept 1, 2010

Thai Academics Are As Polarized And Dispirited As Their Nation," Asia Pacific Memo #1, 8 July 2010

Getting Global China Right," Pacific Affairs, 82.4, Winter 2009/2010

Canada and Asia Pacific's Track-Two Diplomacy," International Journal, Autumn 2009

Human Security in extremis: East Asian reactions to the responsibility to protect,” in Sorpong Peou, ed. Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Actions (London: Routledge, 2009)

Constructing Multilateralism in an Anti-Region: From Six Party Talks to a Regional Security Framework in Northeast Asia?" in Gi-Wook Shin and Daniel Snyder, Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia (Brookings Institution Press, 2007)

His complete academic vitae can be accessed





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