Seminars, Lectures and Book Panels

Recent Events in 2019

In the week of October 21 to 24, 2019, I delivered talks about my book, Arc of Containmentat Boston University’s Pardee Research Seminar, Yale University’s Council on Southeast Asian Studiesand in the Lectures of Opportunity Series of the U.S. Naval War College.

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March – July 2019


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On 25 July 2019, I delivered my first public lecture in Singapore. My lecture, entitled “The Malayan Emergency: An American Obsession”, was hosted by the National Library.

In this talk, I examined US leaders’ enduring fascination with British counterinsurgency strategies in Malaya in the early Cold War, delving into how this obsession shaped American policies in Vietnam and beyond. My essay in Perspectives Daily, the online magazine of the American Historical Association, draws both from the materials I used in this talk and my book.

53900801_10158235075862519_4757997704318025728_oIn March 2019, a few weeks before the release of my book, Arc of Containment, I had the opportunity to share my research at the University of Texas at Austin (The Clements Center for National Security), Columbia University (The Weatherhead East Asian Studies Institute), and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington History Seminar).

A podcast of my talk at the University of Texas is available at this link. A video of my talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center appeared on C-SPAN and can be viewed at this link.

When my book was released in April 2019, I was able to visit and speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Northwestern University (Department of History) and the University of Chicago (Committee on International Relations).

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