Research Affiliates


Pierre Allan

Pierre Allan is Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva. After receiving an M.Sc. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Lausanne, he obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University, and a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar at The Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois before he began teaching at the University of Geneva in 1984 as Full Professor. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Geneva from 2001-2007.

Professor Allan has been President of the Swiss Political Science Association, and an Executive Committee Member of the International Political Science Association, as well as of the European Consortium for Political Research whose Research Board he chaired. He held visiting professorships at UC Berkeley, the Free University Berlin, Fribourg University, Sciences Po Grenoble, University Panthéon-Assas Paris, Charles University, Prague, and the University of Economics, Prague. He is the founder and first editor of the Swiss Political Science Review and sits on the boards of Business and Politics, International Politics, and the European Journal of International Relations.

He has written on international conflict and bargaining, on politico-economic macro models of the US, USSR, China, and Switzerland, and on game-theoretical models of foreign policy and business decision-making. He has published articles in scholarly journals such as the International Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Science, and Management Science, and written or edited nine books. His most recent book What is a Just Peace? (co-edited with Alexis Keller) was published by Oxford University Press. Currently, he is working on theoretical issues of international ethics as well as on the concept of Global Care.

» E-Mail: pierre.allan"at" unige.ch

Min Gyo Koo is Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Associate Professor at the Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Administration. Until 2010, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. His research and teaching interests include international and East Asian political economy, the politics of international trade, international governance, and Asia-Pacific security affairs.

He has recently published a book, entitled Island Disputes and Maritime Regime Building in East Asia: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (New York: Springer, July 2009).  Aside from several book chapters, he has published his research in a wide range of journals, including The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, European Journal of East Asia Studies, Global Asia, Harvard Asia Quarterly, and Journal of East Asian Studies. He has also co-edited (with Vinod K. Aggarwal) Asia’s New Institutional Architecture: Evolving Structures for Managing Trade, Financial, and Security Relations.

During the academic years 2005-07, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Studies, as a research fellow at the Korean Studies Institute, and as a full time lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.  Prior to obtaining his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, he received his BA in political science and MA in public administration from Seoul National University. Koo also holds an MA in international relations and international economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

» E-Mail: mgkoo "at" snu.ac.kr

Seungjoo Lee

Seungjoo Lee is Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Professor at Chung-Ang University (Seoul, Korea). He is a comparative political economist interested in U.S.-Japan trade disputes over high technology industries, political dynamics of informal networks in Japan and Korea, political bias in redistributive policy, and the transformation of the developmental state in the age of globalization. He has previously served as an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and Yonsei University. He has also worked with BASC as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on bilateralism in trade in Asia. As a regional specialist with expertise in Korean, Japanese, American, and Singaporean political economy, he currently investigates the divergent FTA strategies of East Asian countries.

» E-Mail: seungjoo "at" cau.ac.kr

John Ravenhill

John Ravenhill is Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He was previously Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, where he also co-directed the ANU’s MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative project.

After obtaining his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Sydney before joining ANU in 1990. In 2000, he took up the Chair of Politics at the University of Edinburgh for four years. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva, the International University of Japan, the University of California, Berkeley, and was the NTUC Professor of International Economic Relations at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

His work has appeared in most of the leading journals of international relations including International Organization, World Politics, Review of International Political Economy and Review of International Studies. For two decades, he co-edited (with James Cotton) the flagship book series of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia in World Affairs. His most recent book, co-edited with Andrew MacIntyre & TJ Pempel, was Crisis as Catalyst: Asia’s Dynamic Political Economy (Cornell University Press). He was the founding editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies, and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of International Political Economy, Pacific Affairs, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Business and Politics, and the Australian Journal of Political Science. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the US Department of State. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

» E-Mail: jravenhill "at" balsillieschool.ca

Shujiro Urata is Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Professor of Economics at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Research Fellow at Japan Center for Economic Research, and Faculty Fellow at Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo. He is a graduate of Keio University, and holds MA and Ph.D in economics from Stanford University. He was formerly a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution and an Economist at the World Bank. He specializes in international economics and economics of development. He has held a number of research and advisory positions including senior adviser to the Government of Indonesia, consultant to the World Bank, OECD, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Japan.

He is an author or coauthor of numerous articles in professional journals including The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Development Economics, The Journal of Comparative Economics, and The Mathematical Programming Study. He has also published and edited a number of books on international economic issues in English and Japanese, including Measuring the Costs of Protection in Japan (1995, Institute for International Economics) and Asia & Europe: Beyond Competing Regionalism (1998, Sussex Academic Press), Small Firm Dynamism in East Asia (2002, Kluwer Academic Publishers), Winning in Asia, Japanese Style: Market and Nonmarket Strategies for Success (2002, Palgrave), Competitiveness, FDI and Technological Activity in East Asia (2003, Edward Elgar).

» E-Mail: surata "at" waseda.jp