Reuben Wong is Director of Studies at the College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT). He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair (European Integration & Foreign Policy) and is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). A former diplomat, he was First Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Paris (1995 -1998). Returning to academia, he earned an M.Phil in European Politics at Oxford, and a PhD in International Relations at the LSE. Reuben’s publications have focused on EU and French foreign policy. They include The Europeanization of French Foreign Policy: France and the EU in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), National and European Foreign Policies (co-edited with Christopher Hill, Routledge, 2011), and journal articles in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Politique Européenne, Asia Europe Journal, the Journal of Contemporary China Studies, and EU External Affairs Review. He has held visiting positions at Cambridge University, the LSE, the Stimson Center (Washington, DC), and the East Asian Institute (Singapore). His current research interests include the EU’s relations with ASEAN and China, ASEAN regionalism, and the politics of disability rights. A Fulbright scholar (2009), he serves on the Council of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the EU Centre Singapore, and is Senior Research Affiliate in the EU-China programme of the College of Europe in Bruges. He speaks French, Chinese and some Spanish. He consults and does media interviews on EU foreign policy, international relations, and Singapore politics. He raises four children to help arrest Singapore's declining total fertility rate.
Main Teaching Modules
Political Science/European Studies (Jean Monnet Chair modules):
PS3880H The Politics of European Integration
PS4228/EU4218 European Foreign Policy
College of Alice & Peter Tan:
GEM1905 Power and Ideas
GEM2906/SSU2005 Environment and Civil Society in Singapore
I am currently completing work in three international research projects regarding the EU's international relations or regional integration in ASEAN. These should all be in print by the end of 2016:
1. The first is a Jean Monnet Multilateral Research Grant where six Jean Monnet Professors (in the universities of Essex, Maastricht, Singapore, Fudan and Renmin) successfully applied in 2013 for funding for a book project on “EU-China Security Cooperation” (Cambridge University Press) (http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~susyd/EUSC/project.htm). I attended and presented at three workshops: in Brussels (Mar 2014); Beijing (Oct 2014) and Brussels (Nov 2015). I co-write a chapter with Simon Duke (Maastricht) on the current state and future prospects of China-EU military cooperation.
2. The second is on the EU and China in global governance, coordinatedby Wang Jianwei and Song Weiqing from Macau University. It looks at China, the EU and the international politics of global governance with collaborators from Mainland China, Macau, Singapore and Europe. A conference was held in Macau in June 2014. I co-write a chapter with Knud Erik Jorgensen (Denmark, former ECPR President) to explore social constructivist perspectives of China-EU relations. See http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137522221#.
3. In the third project - on “Crisis and Institutional Change in Regional Integration” (see https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138951839 and screenshot below) coordinated from the University of Grenoble. (http://www.sciencespo-grenoble.fr/blog/membres/saurugger-sabine/). I contribute a chapter on the impact of crises on integration (in human rights and environmental governance) in Southeast Asia.
Future research projects:
1. The Small State in ASEAN, the EU and the GCC: A Study in Comparative Regionalism. Researchers: Prof. Rory Miller (Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar), Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo (King’s College London) & Associate Professor Reuben Wong (National University of Singapore).
2. EU-ASEAN Security Cooperation. Researchers: Prof Emil Kirchner (Essex University) & Associate Professor Reuben Wong (National University of Singapore).
My main research area is European foreign policy.
Other interests include regionalism and integration theory, human rights, security, and Asia-Europe relations.
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College of Alice & Peter Tan, NUS
Political Science Dept, NUS
European Studies Programme, NUS
Senior Tutor, European Studies Programme (Feb 1999-July 2001)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Assistant Director, Western Europe 1999
First Secretary and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Paris, France, 1995 - 1998
Country Officer i/c ASEAN-US dialogue, ASEAN Free-Trade Area, Vietnam and Philippines, 1993-4
Scholarships and Awards
2009 Fulbright Visiting Fellow (April-July) Washington, DC
working on The role of the US in EU-China strategic relations
2008 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) London, UK
· Visiting Fellow, European Institute (29 March – 28 April)
2005 University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
· Visiting Scholar, Centre of International Studies (June-July)
2003 Central Research Fund Scholarship, University of London
· £2000 Research funding for fieldwork in Paris, Vietnam and Brussels, 2003 Q1
2001 Abelard Fund Oxford
· Research funding for M.Phil fieldwork and interviews in Paris, summer 2001
1999-2003 NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship Singapore/UK
· Scholarship to pursue Masters and PhD in European Politics/International Relations
1993 Special Book Prize for Political Science Singapore
· Top NUS Direct Honours Student in Political Science
July 2015 Senior Research Affiliate, EU-China Programme in College of Europe, Bruges Belgium
July 2012 Director of Studies, College of Alice and Peter Tan, NUS
Aug 2009- Associate Fellow, EU Centre Singapore
May 2005- Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) Singapore
Council Member http://www.siiaonline.org/
May 2004- St Antony's College, Oxford University UK
Liaison Officer, Antonians in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia (St Antony’s College Alumni
Singapore Institute for International Affairs (SIIA)
University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
European Union Studies Association (EUSA)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
English, Chinese, French, basic Spanish