First-year PhD Student of the Department of Political Science, UCSD
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I'm Kenny, currently enrolled in the Graduate Program, Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University. My substantive research interests focus on international security and the Indo-Pacific geopolitics. Methodologically, I have been developing multi-methods research skills, including data-science (R and Python) and qualitative research methods. For now, I am working on tracing the gray zone strategy conducted by revisionist powers. In the future, this effort is expected to be incorporated into the making of the Indo-Pacific region.
Do social cleavages invite external threats? This article argues that social schisms could reduce states' ability to deliver effective deterrence and stand firm against coercion. Previous literature has focused on how the domestic audience could signal strong resolutions.This article, in contrast, contends that coercion could make domestic societie...
Why do states fail to stand firm against coercers? Considerable literature ascribes the failure to the shortage of domestic cohesion and alliance credibility, seldom have scholars investigated whether challengers proactively exploit division within target groups. In this article, I argue, by coercing actors within rival groups, coercers avoid a cos...
The political reform in Myanmar not only open a way for Aung San Suu Kyi but also China's "One Belt, One Road." The rapid industrialization and urban expansion alongside Chinese infrastructure project have drew wide suspicion within Myanmar. This article demonstrates the land grab and capitalization of Kyaukpyu Harbor by Myanmar local officials and...
Recently, the concept of Indo-pacific is again catching the attention of the world. However, this article argues that this is nothing new. In fact, it could be the fruit of the Quad - the U.S., Japan, Australia, India - cooperation to uphold the regional order. Within such context, the Hub and Spokes architecture nowadays is embracing minilateralis...