About My Father:
May 1, 2021
"Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love."
Welcome to my website and
thank you very much for checking it out
I seek truth, not attention or publicity or popularity.
What are the greatest principles by which life should be guided? The greatest principle in life for me is love, something that is sorely lacking in this world. The next two greatest principles are hope and faith! My way of thinking and living has been guided by these three great principles.
Thought of the Week, July 2021
Will China rule the world in the 21st century?
(Week July 4-10)
What Happens When China Becomes Number One? Kishore Mahbubani
(Week July 11-17)
The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy | Kishore Mahbubani
(Week July 18-24)
Has China Won? | Kishore Mahbubani | John Mearsheimer | Tom Switzer
(Week July 25-31)
America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century:
(For Recent Thoughts of the Week, see below)
About My Father
Life can sometimes be full of pain. Let me start by saying that some of the information about my life posted on the Internet is inaccurate. My official date of birth is one and the story about my father is another. He was a great father and an amazing husband. In 2013, my family thought we found him alive after 38 years of separation from him (when he was taken to his execution in1975 under the Khmer Rouge regime). We threw a big party, but then two separate medical tests confirmed that the gentleman was not my father. All of us were totally devastated. My 82-year-old mother still lives in pain with a broken heart. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my beloved father. I still miss him badly, every day.
So why do I like to talk about hope, faith, and love? After all, my years as a young boy in the 1970s were marked by war and violence. During the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, I was barely alive. After the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1979, I ran for my life. My mother, my 6 brothers and sisters and I spent 3 years in refugee camps before coming to Canada late in 1982. We started a new life from scratch. I pursued an education with broken English and a few hundred dollars in my bank account but managed to complete my doctorate in Political Science in 1994. I went on to become a professor. One thing that has served me well is my total embrace of the three above principles.
About My Academic Work
I have never stopped doing my best, despite the many painful challenges life has brought. So check out my forthcoming books: Peace and Security in Indo-Pacific Asia: IR Perspectives in Context (2021) and Global Public Governance (2022). Also note that the recently published book I co-author with two colleagues at Waseda University (Tokyo) and at Ewha Woman's University (Soul) is titled UN Governance: Peace and Human Security in Cambodia and Timor-Leste (2020).
My academic, professional, and personal commitment is as follows: seeking to explain and understand social and political phenomena on various levels (global, regional, national, and local), but not to pass too much or harsh judgment on others with whom I might disagree. We need to share our thoughts constructively. Words can either kill or heal.
When it comes to scholarship or academic issues, I admit that I don't have all the answers to most problems. I don't have all the correct facts when doing analysis. I may commit sins of commission and omission.
All I can do is doing my best to make my analysis as objective as possible: not allowing my thinking to be ideologically driven and intellectually biased, making sure that my ideas are not clouded by any prejudice or hatred or anger and that my perspectives are conceptually clear, theoretically informed, methodologically sound, as empirically valid as can be - and still open to discussion, dialogue, and debate.
So please share your good thoughts with me, and I will share mine. I will do my best to respond to your comments(s) as soon as time permits. Feel free to download any of my publications available on this site.
None of us can change the world on our own, but each of us can help by planting seeds of greatness in our own lives and the life of someone else. A little and simple seed of life can grow into an awesome living soul and a single spark can get a prairie fire started and spreading.
For me, life's three greatest seeds are love, hope, and faith. I enjoy the song "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" and would like to share it with you. Click on the link to your left, and it will play the song for you.
Through knowledge (scientific, social, political, and spiritual), each of us can do something to lead a beautiful life and help build a better world.
If you like something that I say on this site, please share it with others and/or forward the following link to them: https://www.sorpongpeou.com.
Thought of the Week: June 2021
China's Rise: Peaceful or Unpeaceful?
China debate: John Mearsheimer vs. Hugh White
A Realist Perspective: China’s Unpeaceful Rise: By John Mearsheimer | Tom Switzer
A Liberal Perspective: The Thucydides Trap: Graham Alison
A Cultural Pluralist Perspective: What Happens When China Becomes Number One? By Kishore Mahbubani
Thought of the Week: May 2021
Can science make sense of everything?
Atheist and Monotheist Answers
Well, you might change your mind!
The God Delusion Debate: Between two world-renowned scientists
Do modern comforts make people happy?
Are We Trading Our Happiness for Modern Comforts? As society gets richer, people chase the wrong things. By Arthur C. Brooks (2020).
Is science the only way to truth and happiness?
Critics of the Enlightenment vision have a point. I am not a postmodernist, but postmodernism offers some insight but with a dead end. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BGbHG63x8w&t=517s.
My forthcoming book on Peace and Security in Indo-Pacific Asia: IR Perspectives in Context offers a modest critique of postmodernist perspectives.
Peace to you and with warmest regards,
City and Date of Birth:
Date of birth (officially incorrect).
Current Positions & Affiliations:
Professor of Global Peace & Security Studies;
Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada;
Member, Eminent Persons Group, Asian Political and International Studies Association;
Fellow of McLaughlin College, York University, Toronto, Canada;
Member of an International Country Experts Network on UN Peacekeeping;
Distinguished Senior Fellow, the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation, Phnom Penh;
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Cambodian Development Research Institute, Phnom Penh.
Previous Appointments & Positions:
President of Science for Peace, based at the University of Toronto, Canada;
Head, Department of Politics and Public Administration; Ryerson University, Toronto;
Head, Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg (Manitoba);
Chair, the Advisory and Recruitment Committee for The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies – a joint program between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.
Professor of International Security, Sophia University, Tokyo (Japan);
Canada-ASEAN Fellow, as well as Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore).
Academic Fields of Expertise and Interest:
Global governance and international law;
Peace and security in Indo-Pacific Asia;
Democracy studies, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia.
1. Global Public Governance: Progress, Problems, and Prospects. World Scientific. Forthcoming 2022: 516 pp.
2. Peace and Security in Indo-Pacific Asia: IR Perspectives in Context (Routledge. Forthcoming 2021), 500+ pp.
3. Human Security Studies: Theories, Methods, and Themes. Singapore & Hackensack, NJ World Scientific
2014: 516 pp.
4. Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Theory and Practice. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010: 351 pp.
5. International Democracy Assistance for Peacebuilding: Cambodia and Beyond. Basingstoke and New York:
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007: 261 pp.
6. Intervention and Change in Cambodia: Towards Democracy? NY, Singapore & Thailand: St. Martin Press &
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies & Silkworm, 2000: 572 pp.
7. Conflict Neutralization in the Cambodia War: From Battlefield to Ballot Box. Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, & New York: Oxford University Press, 1997: 388 pp.
1. UN Governance: Peace and Human Security in Cambodia and Timor-Leste. Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. With Dr. Brendan M. Howe (Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Seoul) and Dr. Yuji Uesugi (Professor of Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at the Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University, Tokyo).
Edited Books & Special Journal Issues:
Human Security after 25 Years. Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 7:2 (2019): 161-285.
(With Stein Kuhnle), ‘Human Security After 20 Years’. Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 2:2 (2014): 143-215.
Human Security in East Asia. NY, NY & Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2009: 199 pp.
Cambodia: Change and Continuity in Contemporary Politics. Aldershot, UK: International Library of Social Change in the Asia Pacific, Ashgate, 2000: 596 pp.
(With Amitav Acharya, Pierre Lizée) Cambodia - The 1989 Paris Peace Conference. New York: Kraus International Publishers, 1991: 592 pp
Book Chapters and Journal Articles:
A number of them available on this blog site are free for download;
More will be uploaded when time permits.
Major Book Projects in Progress:
Global Public Governance;
Global Criminal Justice Governance;
International Hybrid Criminal Tribunals.
Introduction to Methods in Political Science
Contemporary Security Studies
Global Conflict and Peace
International Law for Human Protection
International Organization and Law
Perspectives on Human Security
International Human Rights and Human Security
International Criminal Justice Institutions
Global Political Economy
Regional Security in Asia
Peace and Security in Asia
Comparative Politics of East Asia
Member of Editorial/Advisory Boards (Publishers):
International Relations in Southeast Asia. Politics & International Relations: Book Series. Routledge;
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding. Peer-reviewed Academic Journal, Seoul National University Press;
Peacebuilding. Peer-reviewed Academic Journal. Taylor & Francis;
Asian Politics & Policy. Peer-reviewed Journal. Wiley Blackwell;
Asian International Studies Review;
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies. UK: Palgrave Macmillan;
Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research. Peer-Reviewed Journal, Athabasca U. Press.
About My Academic Work:
May 7, 2021