Robert Bedeski

Honorary Professor, University of British Columbia, Affiliate Professor, Institute for Security and Development, Stockholm Honorary Kentucky Colonel
Robert Bedeski


Robert Bedeski is currently:

  • Honorary Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Member, Board of Directors, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Affiliate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Research Scholar, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm, and
  • Honorary Kentucky Colonel

In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Mongolia Academy of Sciences, and was Visiting Aung San Suu Kyi Endowed Chair in Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville, Kentucky (2008-09).

His new book, Human Security and the Chinese State: Historical Transformations and the Modern Quest for Sovereignty is now available through Routledge Publishing (London). He is writing a book, The Asiatic state: Mongol legacy and transformation, introducing the Anthropocentric Theory of Human Security to be published by the University of Kentucky Press.


  • Human security and peace
  • Asian and Pacific studies


  • “Survival And Diplomacy: Mongolia’s Place in Asia Today.” Mongolian Journal of International Affairs, No. 12, 2005. 28-39
  • “Western China: Human Security and National Security”. Western China: Human Security and National Security: China’s West Region Development: Domestic Strategies and Global Implications. Edited by Ding Lu and William Neilson. ( Singapore, World Scientific, 2004)41-52.
  • “Peace and Neutrality on the Korean Peninsula: A Role for Canada?”, Pacific Affairs Vol. 73, No. 4 (Winter 2000-2001), pp. 555-570.
  • “East Asia As Conservative Civilization: Restoration and Preservation as Political Processes,” Korea Observer, v. 32: 1 (Spring 2001), 83-110.
  • “The Chinese Diaspora, Mongolia and the Sino-Russian Frontier,” Japan Pacific Research Institute (JPRI) Working Paper No. 62.
  • Prospects For Development in the Asia Pacific Area. Edited by Robert E. Bedeski & John A. Schofield. Canadian Western Geographical Series 37 (2000)
  • “Arms Control and Disarmament in East Asia: the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Straits,” in Prospects For Development in the Asia Pacific Area. Edited by Robert E. Bedeski & John A. Schofield. Canadian Western Geographical Series 37 (2000)

Scholarly and Public Presentations:

  • “Information Technology and the New Economy in China”, presentation at the UNDP & China Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Symposium on New Economy and Development, November 1-2, 2001, Beijing, China.
  • “IT in East Asia and Implications for Democracy”, Presentation at the UVic Workshop, “Information Technology, New Dimensions of Government and Citizen Interaction, and Human Security in Mainland China, and the Taiwan Experience” October 19, 2001
  • “North Korea in the regional/global context and future scenarios: The DPRK in the North-East Pacific region”, North-South Institute Workshop on the DPRK April 9, 2001, Ottawa, Lord Elgin Hotel.
  • “Human security challenges and Canada’s Asia Pacific maritime frontier: What is the role of the navy?”, Conference: The Canadian Navy in the post-Cold War Era: New Roles, New Requirements and New Thinking March 2-4, 2001, University of Calgary.
  • “The Chinese Diaspora: Humanitarianism vs. Security”, Asia-Pacific Regional Maritime Security Workshop, Dalhousie University December 2, 1999
  • “North Korea’s Missiles – Catalyst for an Asian Cold War; Kim Jong Il’s Survival Strategy; or Test Case for the US-Japan Security Treaty?”, Presentation to Canadian Consortium on Asia Pacific Security (CANCAPS), Dalhousie University, December 3, 1999.
  • “From Revolution to Human Security: The Transformation of Asia Since 1949”, Address to CAPI Student Symposium University of Victoria, “Issues of Human Security in Asia,” February 2, 2000
  • “Background and Current Situation on the Korean Peninsula”, Briefing to Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) Command & Staff, March 3, 2000
  • Paper Presentation: “State-Building In Twentieth Century China: Tradition, Revolution, and Incomplete Sovereignty”, China Symposium, SFU, March 4, 2000
  • “India and Asia”, Special University Seminar/Lecture, with Canada’s Ambassador to India, November 22, 1999
  • “Human Security and the development of the Modern Asian State”, Association for Asian Studies, San Diego, March 8, 2000 (To be published in Special Festschrift for Chalmers A. Johnson.)
  • “The Chinese Diaspora: North Asia and Canadian Implications”, 2nd University of Victoria/National Sun Yat-Sen University Symposium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, April 24, 2000.
  • “Integration of Non-Traditional Security Issues: A Preliminary Application To South Korea”, in Environment And Security: Discourses and Practices. Edited by Miriam R. Lowi and Brian R. Shaw (Macmillan, 2000), pp. 103-122.
  • “The Yellow Sea And Its Role In Regional Human Security”, James Dickson And Robert E. Bedeski, Strategy 21 (The Journal of Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy)
  • “Prospects for disarmament on the Korean Peninsula: From KEDO to the two Kims’ Summit and beyond”, ISODARCO, Xi’an, China, October 8-13, 2000
  • “Sun Tzu – Human Security, Comprehensive Security, Cooperative Security, and National Security”, International Symposium on Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Suzhou, China, October 17-19, 2000
  • “Politics in Northeast Asia – China at the center”, Canada-China Friendship Association, October 22, 2000.
  • “Information Technology and Human Security in China: Formation of a New Class and Opportunities in Economic Development.” UNDP Workshop on Human Security: Development toward Human Economic, Social and Environmental Security, November 1, 2000 Beijing. Also delivered to the Center for Arms Control and Disarmament, Beijing University, October 31, 2000.
  • “Information Technology and the New Economy in China.” International Symposium on New Economy and Development, November 1-2, 2001, Beijing, China. Sponsored the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, and the United Nations Development Programme