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Congratulations to Professor Paul Evans, the new Director of the Institute of Asian Research
Description: CFIS Principal Michael Burgess is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paul Evans as the new Director of the Institute of Asian Research (IAR), effective September 1, 2009, for a three-year term.
Date: 01 September 2009

Professor Evans brings a depth of experience in Asia Pacific Policy research and Asia-Canada relations, having recently completed a three-year secondment to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he served as Co-CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He returned to the University in 2008 to complete a book on Canada and global China. His experience outside academia will infuse IAR and CFIS with new energy and ideas on how to keep IAR at the forefront of Asia Pacific research and teaching, including IARís signature Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies Program. Evans says "Asia is no longer 'over there.' It is 'here,' an everyday reality for most Canadians. Policy circles and the public thirst for a better understanding of global Asia. Universities in Canada, and UBC in particular, have an enormous opportunity to pursue excellence in research, to find better ways to communicate it to broader audiences, and to provide national leadership on next-generation connections with Asia." 

Principal Burgess notes, "We are delighted to secure Professor Evans' leadership at a time of challenge and opportunity in the policy work UBC provides on Asia and global issues. His experience in Track-II negotiations across a dozen Asian capitals and his knowledge of Canadian policy circles are exactly the skill set we need now."

Before arriving at UBC in 1999, Professor Evans' taught Political Science at York University in Toronto (1981-1997) and Harvard University (1997-99). Director of the University of Toronto-York University Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies (1991-96), and Acting Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2004-05), he has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University (1988); National Chengchi University (1989); Chulalongkorn University (1989); the East-West Center (1995); and the National Institute for Research Advancement in Tokyo (1999).

His first book was John Fairbank and the American Understanding of Modern China (1988) and his most recent (with David Capie) the second edition of The Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (2007). His recent essays focus on Canadian Asia policy, Canada-China relations, and the Asian embrace of human security. His recent reports for the Asia Pacific Foundation have focuseed on next steps in Canada-India and Canada-Korea relations (see 

Professor Evans served as the founding co-chair of the the Canadian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific in 1993 and the founding director of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security in 2002. He is a member of the International Council of the Asia Society in New York and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in Brisbane. He sits on the editorial boards of The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, and The Chinese Journal of International Politics.

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