Alan H. Yang

Deputy Director | Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University

Alan H. Yang is a distinguished professor of Southeast Asian studies at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies (GIEAS) and deputy director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan. He has been engaging in think tank diplomacy and currently works as the executive director for NCCU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies which serves as the secretariat of the Consortium of Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA), and also the executive director of Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF), a leading pilot think tank based in Taipei for promoting Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP) advocated by President Tsai Ing-Wen.

Dr. Yang’s research interests cover international relations theories, international relations and regionalism in Southeast Asia, environmental governance and disaster resilience, border politics and politics of resistance in Southeast Asia, foreign policy and soft power analysis with specific focus on China’s Confucius Institute and Taiwan’s NSP.

Dr. Yang’s latest publications include China’s Soft Footprint in Southeast Asia, co-edited with Dr. Maris Diokno and Dr. H.H. Michael Hsiao and “Weaponized Interdependence: China’s Economic Statecraft and Social Penetration against Taiwan.” He is also a frequent contributor to Global Taiwan Brief, The National Interests, The Diplomat, PacNet Commentary, Taiwan Insight, Rappler and East Asia Forum.