LSE SEAC Centre Director standing at a podium

Centre Director

SEAC offers a unique perspective on the diverse dynamics and developments across the region as its leadership and societies face important decisions within the context of great power competition, identity struggles, socio-economic change, and governance challenges.

Dr Jürgen Haacke-square

Dr Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, within the Institute of Global Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations. Dr Haacke initially studied in Germany before opting, after some years spent at the Federal Foreign Office, to pursue his post-graduate education in the UK.

He holds both a Master’s and PhD in International Relations from LSE. After starting his academic career at the University of Birmingham, Dr Haacke subsequently returned to his alma mater in London.

In terms of research on Southeast Asia, Dr Haacke has had multiple interests. These include the study of ASEAN, the factors shaping foreign and security policies of Southeast Asian states, as well as the role and policies of major powers in relation to the ASEAN region. He has published in particular on the development of regional norms and practices and their impact on regional cooperation.

Over the last few years, he has also written more extensively on multiple aspects of Myanmar’s politics and foreign relations. His most recent publication on Myanmar is a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect. Haacke is currently working on a book manuscript on US Burma policy.

Teaching-wise, Dr Haacke will in the coming academic year concentrate on his undergraduate courses on Southeast Asia and China’s Rise. He has for years been responsible for co-teaching the Master’s option on the International Politics of the Asia-Pacific offered by the International Relations Department. Other courses previously taught include Foreign Policy Analysis.

Dr Haacke serves on several editorial boards, including The Pacific Review and Asian Politics and Policy,  and on the International Advisory Committee of Contemporary Southeast Asia. He is also a member of CSCAP EU.