Dr. Ang Chen Guan is presently Professor and Associate Dean at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). His previous positions include Deputy Director of Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS); Head of Graduate Studies (RSIS); Head of Studies (IDSS), and Head (Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education).
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: MacFarland, 1997, reprinted in paperback, 2012); The Vietnam War from the Other Side: The Vietnamese Communists’ Perspective (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002, paperback 2006); its sequel, Ending the Vietnam War: The Vietnamese Communists’ Perspective (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004, paperback 2006); Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War (London: Routledge, 2010, hardback, paperback and e-book); Lee Kuan Yew’s Strategic Thought (London: Routledge, 2013, hardback, softback and e-book); and Singapore, ASEAN and the Cambodia Conflict, 1979-1991 (Singapore: NUS Press, 2013). He also co-edited Perspectives on the Security of Singapore (Singapore: World Scientific and London: Imperial College Press, 2015), which includes a chapter on “Singapore’s Conception of Security.”
He has published in edited volumes as well as in journals including Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary History, War and Society, War in History, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Security Dialogue, Southeast Asia Research, Cold War History, Asian Security, Asian Studies Review, and the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.
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). He is also a recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) Excellence in Teaching Commendation (2013). He was a member of the Resource Panel, Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence & Foreign Affairs (2002-2006). His most recent publications are Southeast Asia’s Cold War: An Interpretive History (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018) and its sequel, Southeast Asia after the Cold War: A Contemporary History (Singapore: NUS Press, 2019), as well as The Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (London: Routledge, 2022). He is currently working on two book projects: ‘The Evolution of Singapore’s Grand Strategy,’ and ‘An International History of the Third Indochina War.’