I am an assistant professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. I co-direct the Ford School's International Policy Center and am a faculty affiliate of the University's International Institute. My work focuses on international politics and law in the Global South, with a particular interest in Southeast Asia. As part of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows (2015-17), I am conducting research on sovereignty-sharing arrangements in UN peace operations.

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Books

Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

University of Michigan Press, 2014 (with Anne Heindel)

Since 2006, the United Nations and Cambodian government have participated in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a hybrid tribunal created to try key Khmer Rouge officials for crimes of the Pol Pot era. Hybrid Justice examines the contentious politics behind the tribunal’s creation, its legal and institutional design, and its function. The Cambodian experience shows some of the promise and many of the challenges of designing and operating a hybrid court and pursuing accountability for mass crimes in general. It carries important lessons for transitional justice and other domains in which the United Nations partners with national governments.

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The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975

Georgetown University Press, 2010

The Limits of Alignment explores how small states and middle powers of Southeast Asia ensure their security in a world where they are overshadowed by greater powers. It challenges a central concept in international relations theory—that states respond to insecurity by either balancing against their principal foes, “bandwagoning” with them, or declaring themselves neutral. Instead, he shows that developing countries prefer limited alignments that steer between strict neutrality and formal alliances to obtain the fruits of security cooperation without the perils of undue dependency. It also shows how structural and normative shifts following the end of the Cold War and the advent of U.S. primacy have increased the prevalence of limited alignments, which constrain U.S. foreign policy. Finally, it discusses how limited alignments in the developing world may affect the future course of international security as China and other rising powers gather influence on the world stage.

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Edited Volumes

The Road Ahead for the Fed

Hoover Institution Press, 2009 (with John B. Taylor)

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On Trial: The Khmer Rouge Accountability Process

Documentation Center of Cambodia, 2009 (with Anne Heindel)

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The Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Documentation Center of Cambodia, 2006

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Recent Articles & Chapters

  • Nationalist Protests, Government Responses, and the Risks of Escalation in Interstate Disputes

    Security Studies 25:3 (forthcoming summer 2016), with Jessica Chen Weiss

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  • Victim Testimony in International and Hybrid Criminal Courts: Narrative Opportunities, Challenges, and Fair Trial Demands

    Virginia Journal of International Law 56:2 (forthcoming summer 2016), with Anne Heindel

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  • China's Influence in Asian Monetary Policy Affairs

    in Rising China's Influence in Developing Asia edited by Evelyn Goh (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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  • A Chinese Model for Patron-Client Relations? The Sino-Cambodian Partnership

    International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15:2 (2015)

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  • China and the Pol Pot Regime

    Cold War History 14:2 (2014)

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  • International decisions, the Case Concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand)

    American Journal of International Law 108:2 (2014)

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  • China's Structural Power Deficit and Influence Gap in the Monetary Policy Arena

    Asian Survey 54:5 (2014)

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  • Experiments in International Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

    Michigan Journal of International Law 35:2 (2014)

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  • Hidden Files: Archival Sharing, Accountability and the Right to the Truth

    Columbia Human Rights Law Review 46:1 (2014)

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