Rising Asia Journal
ISSN 2583-1038
Rising Asia Foundation


Ang Cheng Guan is the Associate Dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and Deputy Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS). He specializes in the international history of contemporary Asia, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is the author of Vietnamese Communist Relations with China and the Second Indo-China Conflict, 1956-1962 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997), The Vietnam War from the Other Side: The Vietnamese Communists’ Perspective (London: RoutledgeCurzon), its sequel, Ending the Vietnam War: The Vietnamese Communists’ Perspective (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004); Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War  (London: Routledge, 2010); Lee Kuan Yew’s Strategic Thought (London: Routledge, 2013); Singapore, ASEAN and the Cambodia Conflict, 1979-1991 (Singapore: NUS Press, 2013), Southeast Asia’s Cold War: An Interpretive History (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018) and its sequel, Southeast Asia after the Cold War (Singapore: NUS Press, 2019). He was a Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant Award recipient (Fall 2005), Fulbright Singapore Researcher award recipient (2006-2007), and a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar (2006-2007). His latest book on the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization was published in 2021. He is currently writing a book on Singapore’s Grand Strategy.

Saranya Antony A is a PhD scholar pursuing research on “Higher Educational Reforms and Transformation of Public Universities in Lithuania and India in the Neoliberal era” at the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies (CRCAS), School of International Relations Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She studied in the Department of Education Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kaunas Technological University, Lithuania for one semester under the Erasmus +Learning Mobility Fellowship in 2018. She completed her MPhil in 2016 from CRCAS, SIS, JNU. The topic of her dissertation was “Representation of Russia in the Baltic Media over Ukraine Crisis of 2014.” She did her MA in Politics (international studies) from SIS, JNU. Her publications are, “The Singing Revolution, Independence and Democratic Transformation in Baltic States: Nationalism, Identity and Culture,” in Nation Building in Baltic States History, Memory and Identity (New Delhi: Adroit Publishers, 2018); and “Mapping of Neoliberal Reforms and Students’ Resistance Movement in Indian Public Universities Since 2014,” in Sketches on Developing India: A Socio-Economic Perspective (Kerala: Academic Publication Wing, 2019).

Jangkhongam Doungel is Professor of Political Science at Mizoram University in Aizawl. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar based at the University of Cincinnati. He was born in Puleiyang Village in Saikul Subdivision, Kangpokpi District, Manipur. He did his MA from Manipur University, Imphal, and obtained his PhD degree from the same university in 2005. He began his teaching career as a lecturer in Bethany Christian College, Churachandpur in April 1996, was faculty in the Department of Political Science, Government Lawngtlai College from May 1998 to July 2012, and then he joined the Department of Political Science, Mizoram University in July 2012 as an Associate Professor and has served as the Head of Department. He is now a member of the Mizoram Local Government (Panchayati Raj) Drafting Committee. Some of his major books are: Evolution of District Council Autonomy in Mizoram (Guwahati: Spectrum Publications, 2010); Ram Darthlalang, Socio-Political Issues in the Sixth Schedule Area of Mizoram (Guwahati: Spectrum Publications, 2013); Lai Chieftainship and its Impact in Politics (New Delhi: Balaji Publications); and Autonomy Movements and the Sixth Schedule in North East India (Guwahati: Spectrum Publications, 2016).

Harish C. Mehta holds a PhD from McMaster University in Canada in the history of American foreign relations and Southeast Asia, with specializations in the twentieth-century history of China, and Christian-Muslim Encounters in the Early Modern World. He did graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Cambodia Silenced: The Press Under Six Regimes (White Lotus, Bangkok and Cheney, 1997); Warrior Prince: Norodom Ranariddh, Son of King Sihanouk of Cambodia (Graham Brash, Singapore, 2001); Strongman: The Extraordinary Life of Hun Sen (Marshall Cavendish, Singapore, 2013); and People’s Diplomacy of Vietnam: Soft Power in the Resistance War, 1965-1972 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2019). His articles on Vietnamese diplomacy have appeared in the academic journals International History Review, Diplomatic History, Peace and Change, The Historian, and History Compass, and his review articles have appeared in H-Diplo. He has taught history at McMaster, the University of Toronto, and Trent University. He has twice won the Samuel Flagg Bemis research award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and other awards.

Ieng Mouly is currently Senior Minister in-charge of special missions and Chairman of the National AIDS Authority of Cambodia. He has held several high-level positions since taking office in October 2008, such as: Senior Minister in Charge of special missions, assistant to the Prime Minister for mine action (2008 to 2013); First Deputy Chairman, Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (August 2012 to September 2013); Chairman, Governing Council of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (1993 to 2008); and Minister of Information and Member of the National Assembly (1993 to 1998). Ieng Mouly graduated from the Cambodia Business School, Phnom Penh Royal University, and attended the Institut National des Techniques Economiques et Comptables of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris (1974-1976). With the rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, he chose to engage in Cambodian politics in 1976. In 1982, Ieng Mouly left France to join the non-communist Khmer People’s National Liberation Front, and became its Secretary General in 1988. His awards include a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa by the Armstrong University, USA; the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Cambodia, and the Medal of National Merit awarded by His Majesty the King; and the French Commander de la Legion d’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac of France.

Sheng-mei Ma (馬聖美mash@msu.edu) is Professor of English at Michigan State University in Michigan, USA, specializing in Asian Diaspora and East-West comparative studies. He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Tao of S (2022); Off-White (2019); Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet (2017); The Last Isle (2015); Alienglish (2014); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (2012); Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture (2011); East-West Montage (2007); The Deathly Embrace (2000); Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (1998); and the memoir Immigrant Horse’s Mouth: Journey to the West by Bearing East (2023). Co-editor of four books, Transnational Narratives in Englishes of Exile (2018) among them, he also published a collection of poetry in Chinese, Thirty Left and Right (三十左右).

Luke Stewart is a historian who has lectured at the University of Nantes, Le Mans University, and Sciences Po Lille in France. His PhD at the University of Waterloo focused on the use of the Nuremberg Principles of 1950 and other domestic and international laws by draft and military resisters in their opposition to the Vietnam War. He is the editor of the forthcoming collection My Country is the World: Staughton Lynd’s Writings, Speeches, Statements and Interviews Against the Vietnam War (Haymarket Books). He has co-edited Let Them Stay: U.S. War Resisters in Canada, 2004-2016 (Toronto: Iguana Books, 2016, with Sarah Hipworth). His scholarly articles in journals include, “‘Hell, they’re your problem, not ours’: Draft Dodgers, Military Deserters and Canada-United States Relations in the Vietnam War Era,” Études Canadiennes/Canadian Studies; “Too Loud to Rise Above the Silence: The United States v. The International War Crimes Tribunal, 1966-1967,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture; “‘I Quit!’ The Vietnam War and the Early Antiwar Activism of Master Sergeant Donald Duncan,” Revue française d’études américaines; and “The re-writing of history: The misuse of the draft ‘dodger’ myth against Iraq war resisters in Canada,” Active History.