Paul M. Evans

Professor, School of Public Policy and Global AffairsUniversity of British Columbia


Paul Evans (PhD Dalhousie) has been a professor at the University of British Columbia since 1999 teaching Asian and trans-Pacific affairs.

His academic appointments have been as Assistant, Associate and Professor, Department of Political Science, York University, 1981-97; Director, University of Toronto – York University Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, 1991-96; Visiting Professor, Asia Center, Harvard University, 1997-99; Acting Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 2004-5; Director, Institute of Asian Research, 2008-11.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was on leave from UBC to serve as the Co-CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

A regionalist rather than country specialist, 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). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 2011 and 2013 and Singapore Management University in 2015 and 2016 as head of the International Academic Advisory Panel for its School of Social Sciences.

The author or editor of eight books, his first was a biography of John Fairbank, his best selling with David Capie, a lexicon of Asia Pacific security terminology, and his most recent Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper, published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press.

An advocate of cooperative and human security, he has been studying and promoting policy-related activity on track-two security processes and the construction of multilateral institutions since 1988. He was a co-founder of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP), the Canadian Consortium on Human Security, and the Canada-Korea Forum. He has directed exchange and partnership projects with numerous institutes in Asia and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and funded by governments and foundations in Canada, Japan, the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.

A member of the International Council of the Asia Society in New York, he also sits on the editorial boards of The Pacific Review and The Chinese Journal of International Politics, The Chinese Quarterly of Strategic Studies, and Journal Mexico y la Cuenca del Pacifico. He is a Canadian representative on the Expert and Eminent Persons Group of the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1997

Professor, Political ScienceYork University

Asia's Security Order in the 21st Century: Connecting Bilateral and Multilateral Institutions

Academics and policy makers around the Pacific tend to agree that the current security order in Eastern Asia and the Asia Pacific is a "multilayered" process, built primarily upon unilateral military preparedness and bilateral security alliances but also now including the nascent multilateral fora which are emerging on a track one and track two basis on an Asia Pacific and sub-regional basis. The study will look at the intersection of the bilateral and multilateral components. It will examine the current fit between the two, including areas of complimentarity and tension. It will also have a prescriptive dimension looking toward the emerging security order of the early 21st century. The project cuts across the "Global Issues" and "Improving US-Japan Relations" themes of the fellowship. It will take an Asia-Pacific-wide approach in assessing security structures. While bilateral US-Japan security arrangements will not be the sole focus of the study, they will comprise a substantial portion. Moreover, the findings of the project will of interest to those interpreting and managing the bilateral relationship.