Mr KWA Chong Guan

Associate Fellow
Kwa Chong Guan works on the intersections of history, archaeology and security studies of Southeast Asia. As an Associate Fellow at the Archaeological Unit at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor at the History Department of the National University of Singapore, Kwa is interested in the long cycles of Southeast Asian history. As Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, he works on a range of regional security issues with a focus on the implicit narratives underlying our framing of regional security. He started his career working on policy analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the Ministry of Defence before being assigned to reorganize the Oral History Department in the National Archives and concurrently, the old National Museum. He continues to be associated with these heritage institutions in various advisory capacities and as Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Committee.Kwa’s latest publication is Early Southeast Asia Viewed from India: An Anthology of Articles from the Journal of the Greater India Society (2013). His other book publications include Singapore: A 700-Year History — From Early Emporium to World City (2009) co-authored with Derek Heng and Tan Tai Yong; China-ASEAN Sub-regional Cooperation: Progress, Problems and Prospects (2011) co-edited with Mingjiang Li, Energy Security; Asia Pacific Perspectives (2010) co-edited with Virendra Gupta, and Maritime Security in Southeast Asia (2007) co-edited with John Skogan.