DR Sow Keat Tok

DR Sow Keat Tok


  • China's foreign relations and domestic politics, international relations in East and Southeast Asia (international politics, China, Asia-Pacific, East Asia)



  • Dr Sow Keat Tok joined the Asia Institute in May 2012. Dr Tok obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick, United Kingdom, in 2011, and was previously associated with Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) in University of Warwick (2011-2012), China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham (2005-2007), and East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (2004-2005). He is also current editor of the CSGR working paper series.

    At present, he is working on China and its policy behaviour towards "sovereignty," with particular attention to China-HKSAR and China-Taiwan relations. His research interests spans across the Asia-Pacific region, and include: 

    • China's foreign relations, policy discourses, State-Party relations,central-local relations, nationalism and identity, politics in Taiwan and the HKSAR, elite politics and leadership succession.

    • East Asia's regional institutions and approaches to regionalism, the role of informal diplomacy.

    • Southeast Asia's internal politics and external relations, peace and conflict resolution mechanisms, politics of regionalism, role of great powers.

    • International relations theory, new media and nationalism.


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Warwick
  • BA, National University of Singapore
  • MA(IR), Australian National University



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Tok offers supervision to postgraduate students in the field of China's domestic politics and foreign policy, China's central-local relations, China-Taiwan and China-HK relations, regional politics in Southeast Asia, IPE and international politics in the Asia-Pacific. Current Supervisions Guan, Tianru, Detecting the Dynamic Interactions between the Media and Politics in China. Liu, Ted, China’s Role in the Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Implications for Multilateral Cooperation. Liu, Tianyang, Fear, Securitisation and Radicalisation: The Evolvement of Islamic Terrorism in China. Nguyen, Ly Phuong, The Fragility of Southeast Asian Regionalism amidst China’s Rise: A Gap in Regional States’ Threat Perceptions of China in the Case of the South China Sea Dispute. Orofino, Elisa, Ideological Islam as a Form of Collective Action for Muslim Youths in Australia and Britain: The Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Peng, Zhongzhou, A Comparative Analysis of the Normative Power of EU and China. Qiao, Guangyu, Policy Coordination and Harmonisation between the UN and ASEAN: Realities, Prospects and Challenges. Salim, Agus, Role Conception and Construction of Islamic Identity: A Study on Indonesia’s Foreign Policy during Susilo Bambang Yudhyono’s Presidency (2004-2014). Song, Yao, The External Role of Chinese Subnational Governments: A Case Study of Yunnan. Yim, Ching-wai, Beijing’s Discourse of Sovereignty and the Malleability of Civil Society in Hong Kong: A Lens through the Past, Present and Future Political Development. Yu, Lei, State-Market Dynamics in China’s Affordable Housing Provision. Zhao, Taotao, Design vs. Implementation: The Central-Local Policy Gap in China’s Ethnic Minority Policy.