Southeast Asia in an Evolving Global Landscape: Prospects for an Integrated Region and Implications for Canada.

Canada has signalled its intention to comprehensively re-engage the Asia-Pacific region and reclaim its own position as a Pacific nation. Southeast Asia is a vital part of this strategy. As Canada and ASEAN celebrate 40 years of dialogue partnership, which coincides with the golden jubilee of the grouping itself, there is growing momentum to bring the relationship to the next level.

Against this backdrop, Global Affairs Canada held a conference entitled Southeast Asia in an Evolving Global Landscape: Prospects for an Integrated Region and Implications for Canada in Ottawa on May 30, 2017, marking an important next step in this direction. This high-profile event brought together a total of 200 participants, including ambassadors and diplomats from ASEAN member states, leading Canadian and international scholars on Southeast Asia, and representatives from Global Affairs and the broader government community. Punctuated by remarks from The Honourable Chrystia Freeland (Minister of Foreign Affairs), H.E. Le Luong Minh (Secretary-General of ASEAN), and Canada’s 16th Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Joe Clark, discussions during this day-long event covered major issues in Canada-ASEAN relations, from geopolitics to security challenges and economic opportunities. From these stimulating exchanges emerged a set of innovative, yet realistic recommendations on how Canada could better assert its added-value in this strategic region, where a number of major players already vie for attention.

An edited volume from the conference will be launched during the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies’ Conference on October 26-28, 2017. The volume brings together contributions from the panelists, giving them the opportunity to render and further develop their assessments and recommendations. In the process, they lend important support to Canada’s endeavour to develop a sound and effective foreign policy towards Southeast Asia, one that builds on its previous, well-remembered contributions to regional peace and prosperity, but goes beyond earlier engagements. In the process, the volume also identifies what its partners could gain from Canada “being back” in the regional sphere.

Edited by Stéphanie Martel and Nhu Truong. With contributions from Kai Ostwald, Brian Harding, Christopher Goscha, Mairead Lavery, Deborah Helms, Elina Noor, Lindsey W. Ford, Sidney Jones, Jonathan Berkshire Miller, and Paul Evans.

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Report: Canadian Public Attitudes on China & Canada-China Relations

At a time of global turbulence and at the mid-way point of a Liberal government facing significant decisions about the direction and pace of developing bilateral relations with China, there are signs of growing public support for deeper economic relations and partnerships coupled with significant anxiety about greater Chinese military activities and its expanding presence inside Canada.

Public Release: October 17, 2017

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Empower, Include, and Inspire: G20 Public Leadership to Advance Responsibility, Resilience and Sustainability for a Fair Global Economy

A Vision Brief for the German G20 Presidency in 2017

Views from Vision 20 2017: V20 Workshop on “Opportunities and Risks of Globalization”

Public Release: April 30, 2017

The Vision 20 Working Group - 2017:


  • Alan Alexandroff, Director, Global Summitry Project, Munk School of Global Affairs, U. of Toronto
  • Bertrand Badré, CEO, Blue Orange Capital
  • Amar Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
  • Colin Bradford, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Inst.
  • Roger Burkhardt, Former Chief Technology Officer, New York Stock Exchange
  • Andrew F. Cooper, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo
  • Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Deputy Director, Global Economy &Development, Brookings Inst.
  • José Siaba Serrate, Member, Argentine Council on Foreign Relations
  • Brent Sutton, Former Senior Partner, RBC Global Asset Management
  • Yves Tiberghien, V20 COORDINATOR, Director, Institute of Asian Research, the University of British Columbia

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Give the World Hope: G20 Leadership for People-Centered Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

A Blue Report for the G20 Presidency 2016

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Public Release: July 21, 2016



Yves Tiberghien
Director, Institute of Asian Research, The University of British Columbia

Yu Jianxing
Professor and Dean, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University

Guo Sujian
Professor, School of Public Affairs; Director, Environmental and Energy Policy Center, Zhejiang University

With special thanks to our sponsors, Rockcheck Group and Instuary Innovation Group, who made this work possible.

Emerging Issues in Canada-China Relations

Cooperative Security 2.0: II (comments on concept paper)
December 2014 | Shanghai, China

Cooperative Security 2.0: I
November 2013 | Shanghai, China

Canada-China Dialogue on Emerging Issues in Bilateral Relations Round II: New Dimensions of Cooperation
September 3 - 5, 2012 | Hangzhou, China

Past and Future in Canada-China Relations
November 10 - 12, 2010 | Shanghai, China

2011 UBC China Census

Read the results of the 2011 China Census survey conducted by the Institute of Asian Research for the Office of the Vice-President Research International. The 2011 UBC China Census survey also incorporates results from the 2010 survey.

View the map detailing the research projects and collaborations in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Key highlights:

  • 218 individuals responded to the 2010 and 2011 survey on their connections with China
  • Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai were the top 3 cities with the most connections established with UBC faculty
  • Certain departments were identified as “hotspots” in China. The faculties of Forestry, Applied Science, and Medicine were identified as having particularly strong connections to China

2010 Asia Census

The UBC Asia Census Survey led by IAR was released on Feburary 17, 2011.  Among its key findings are:

  • The principal interests of faculty are China (157), India (75), Japan (62), SEA (52), Korea (27), Mongolia (4)
  • Among doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, the most responses came from the following 5 faculties: Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • A large number of PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows stated a strong desire to connect with fellow students and faculty who share similar interests
  • The specific geographical location of partners and activities of a sample of faculty members is presented in a Google map