Ang Cheng Guan is presently Head, Graduate Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His previous positions include Head of Studies (Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), and Head (Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education), both in Singapore. He specialises in the international history of modern Asia, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is the author of Vietnamese Communist Relations with China and the Second Indo-China Conflict, 1956-1962 (Jefferson: MacFarland, 1997, reprinted in paperback, 2012); The Vietnam War from the Other Side: The Vietnamese Communists' Perspective (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002, paperback 2006); its sequel, Ending the Vietnam War: The Vietnamese Communists’ Perspective (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004, paperback 2006); Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War (London: Routledge, 2010); Lee Kuan Yew’s Strategic Thought (London: Routledge, 2013); and Singapore, ASEAN and the Cambodia Conflict, 1979-1991 (Singapore: NUS Press, 2013). Most recently, he co-edited Perspectives on the Security of Singapore (Singapore: World Scientific and London: Imperial College Press, 2015). He has published in edited volumes as well as in journals including Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary History, War and Society, War in History, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Security Dialogue, Southeast Asia Research, Cold War History, Asian Security, and the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. He was a Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant Award recipient (Fall 2005), Fulbright Singapore Researcher award recipient (2006-2007), and a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar (2006-2007). He was a member of the Resource Panel, Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence & Foreign Affairs (2002-2006). After his new book, Southeast Asia’s Cold War, he has just completed its sequel, Southeast Asia after the Cold War: Order and Regionalism. His next book project is entitled, SEATO: A History.
Nath Aldalala’a is Associate Professor of International Relations and Cultural Studies at Shandong University, China. Nath served as director of East Asian Studies in Abu Dhabi and is currently acting as advisor to various governmental bodies across countries in West Asia. He completed his PhD in International Relations from the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University in England and studied for his Master’s degree in the International Politics Department at Aberystwyth University in Wales. His research areas focus on theories of Discourse and Representation, American foreign policy in the Middle East, and Chinese Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.
Anjana Basu is a novelist, poet, essayist and scriptwriter who was born in Allahabad, and schooled for a time in the UK. She has published seven novels and two books of poetry. The BBC has broadcast one of her short stories. She was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland in 2004 where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue (2007). She began writing for children in 2010 when the publisher, Roli, brought out Chinku and the Wolfboy. Her Jim Corbett series for The Energy and Resources Institute dealing with big cat conservation for children began in 2013 with In the Shadow of the Leaves, and added to the list were Leopard in the Laboratory in 2016, and Eighteen Tides and a Tiger in 2017. She has worked on the dialogues for the film The Last Lear (director Rituparno Ghosh). Anjana lives and works as an advertising consultant in Calcutta.
Andrea Benvenuti is a Senior Lecturer in international relations at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Educated at Florence University, Monash University and Oxford University, he currently teaches twentieth-century diplomacy at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests lie in the field of post-1945 international history with a strong focus on the Cold War. He recently published Cold War and Decolonisation: Australia’s Policy towards Britain’s End of Empire in Southeast Asia (Singapore: NUS Press, 2017). He is currently working on a co-authored book on the impact of Western power on the shaping of the Asian regional system (1900-1989) and a single-authored book on the Western alliance and the challenge of Afro-Asianism and non-alignment in Asia.
S.R. Joey Long is Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. His main fields of interest are the international history of post-World War II Southeast Asia, the history of American foreign relations with Asia, the transnational history of Singapore, and Asia-Pacific security. He has published on those subjects in journals such as Contemporary Southeast Asia, Diplomatic History, European Journal of International Relations, and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, as well as several edited volumes. He is also the author of Safe for Decolonization: The Eisenhower Administration, Britain, and Singapore (Kent State University Press, 2011). Fellowships and awards he has received include a Fulbright Grant and the Lawrence Gelfand-Armin Rappaport Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Harish C. Mehta holds a PhD (McMaster University, Canada) in the history of American foreign relations and Southeast Asia, and the twentieth-century history of China. Author of three books on Cambodian politics and media, his articles on Vietnamese diplomacy have appeared in the American journals Diplomatic History, Peace and Change, The Historian, and History Compass, and his review articles have appeared in H-Diplo. He has taught history at McMaster, the University of Toronto, and Trent University. He has twice won the Samuel Flagg Bemis research award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and has received the Asian Print Media Write Award by the Asian Media Information and Communication Center, Singapore, and a Freedom Forum Fellowship, Washington, DC, among other awards. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Calcutta Journal of Global Affairs. Harish is a former Senior Indochina Correspondent for the Business Times of Singapore, and he was based in Singapore and Thailand for seventeen years, covering both Southeast Asia and Asean.
John Ranjan Mukherjee (Lt.-Gen., Retd., PVSM, AVSM, VSM) is a former General Officer Commanding Kashmir (15 Corps), and Chief of Staff, Eastern Command. He is the author of An Insider’s Experience of Insurgency in India’s North East, and The Indomitable Rhino Warriors of India’s North East: History of the Assam Regiment. He belongs to the Assam Regiment, which recruits men only from the North Eastern region of India. He has served twenty-six years in the North East, and has lived with the men of his regiment and people from the region almost all his life, and is married to a Mizo lady.
Ngoei Wen-Qing is Assistant Professor of History at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He completed his PhD at Northwestern University and specialises in the history of U.S.-Southeast Asian relations in the twentieth century. His first book, The Arc of Containment: Britain, Malaya, Singapore and U.S. Hegemony in Southeast Asia, 1941-1976 (Cornell University Press) is due out in May 2019. The Arc of Containment shows that anti-communist nationalism in Southeast Asia intersected with pre-existing local antipathy toward China and its diaspora to usher the region from European-dominated colonialism to U.S. hegemony. Ngoei’s research has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, postdoctoral fellowships from Yale University’s International Security Studies and the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University and Nanyang Technological University. His 2017 article in Diplomatic History, “A Wide Anti-Communist Arc,” examines how British decolonisation in Singapore and Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) shaped the Nixon administration’s triangular diplomacy. In 2014, his article on the origins of the domino theory, “The Domino Logic of the Darkest Moment,” won the Journal of America-East Asian Relations’ Frank Gibney Award. He has penned review essays in H-Diplo, Reviews in American History, and Orbis. His op-eds, commentaries and interviews have appeared in The Diplomat, History News Network, Channel News Asia, and on Voice of America.
Lata Pada has been honoured with the title, “Order of Canada” by the government of Canada, where she has lived more than three decades. She was awarded one of India’s highest cultural honours, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, for her contributions to Indian dance and her advocacy work in ensuring there was an inquiry into the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182, in which she lost her husband and two children, and new anti-terrorist legislation in place. She holds an MFA degree from York University, Toronto, and is an adjunct professor at York. She is the artistic director of Sampradaya Dance Creations, and she trained under India’s distinguished gurus, Kalaimamani K. Kalyanasundaram and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has performed more than six hundred concerts, including a command performance for the President of India in 1992 and two extensive solo performance tours of North America including appearances at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the World Bank in Washington.