Tommy Chai


BA International Relations (ANU), MA Strategic Studies (ANU)

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Building: Hedley Bull Building

Tommy Chai is a PhD Candidate at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His thesis examines the alignment behaviour of small states during intense periods of great-power competition, with a particular focus on the Southeast Asian Cold War in the 1950s.

Tommy completed his BA (International Relations) and MA in Strategic Studies at ANU, during which he was the top performer of the 2019-2020 Strategic Studies program. He has published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Australian Outlook, and E-International Relations and has tutored for a number of International Security courses at ANU. He is currently a recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

His research interests include alignment and alliance politics, order and hegemonic studies, deterrence theory, and crisis management. His areas of expertise include Cold War history and East Asian and Southeast Asian security.

Thesis topic

Small-state foreign policy and great-power management


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