Dr Jürgen Haacke is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). From August 2016 to July 2018 he was Director of the LSE’s Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.
Most of his research lies at the intersection of foreign policy analysis and security studies, with the predominant regional focus being Southeast Asia, covering the foreign and security policies of regional states, great power competition and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He also has a particular interest in contemporary Myanmar.
Dr Haacke’s most recent publications have focused on the following: UK policy towards Southeast Asia; Southeast Asia’s regional order; hedging and balancing strategies pursued by Southeast Asian states; Myanmar’s foreign relations, especially with ASEAN, China and the United States and the making of US Burma policy.
His single authored and co-edited books include ASEAN’s Diplomatic and Security Culture: origins, development and prospects; Cooperative Security in the Asia-Pacific: The ASEAN Regional Forum. His monograph on Myanmar’s Foreign Policy highlighted the implications of the military’s perceived political-security imperative of state-building for foreign policy.
Past funded research projects have focused on China’s diplomacy and approaches towards Southeast Asia, and a comparison of the impact of regional security cultures on responses of regional organisations to transnational security challenges.
At the LSE, Dr Haacke has supervised doctoral students working on a variety of security and defence related topics as well as innovative approaches focusing mostly on Southeast Asia, including Indonesian defence diplomacy; insurgency in Myanmar; an ethnography of the ASEAN Secretariat; the struggle for recognition in Malaysian foreign policy; the ethnic dimension of Malaysia’s security practice and the China-Tibetan insecurity dilemma.
In recent years, he was a Visiting Scholar/Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu) and ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and an Associate of the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney. He is also a member of CSCAP EU.