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Pak Nung Wong


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Research interests

Theory, practice and ethics of statecraft have been central in my research and publications.

In 'Post-Colonial Statecraft in South East Asia: Sovereignty, State-building and the Chinese in the Philippines' (I. B. Tauris, 2013), I argued for the creative strategies, resilience and enduring strengths of the seemingly 'weak' Philippine state in successfully keeping itself intact. The completion of this project was only possible with the generous help of the Filipino people, the Philippine government and the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. 

Through a series of dialogues within an international networks of theologians and scholars, 'Discerning the Powers in Post-Colonial Africa and Asia: A Treatise of Christian Statecraft' (Springer Nature 2016) was an intended contribution to the inter-connected fields of political sociology/science, political theology and post-colonial studies. The book also depicts the larger intellectual context and project of 'Bandung: Journal of the Global South', which I founded with a group of distinguished scholars, senior policy-makers and forefront practitioners since 2013. Having published by Springer Nature since 2015, 'Bandung: Journal of the Global South' has been taken over by Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden & Boston). 

Through the researh and writing of the book 'Destined Statecraft: Eurasian Small Power Politics and Strategic Cultures in Geopolitical Shifts' (Springer Nature 2018), I was privileged to have participated in and contributed to the research projects of not just in the academia, but also to the policy-making discussions and processes in a number of think-tanks, NGOs, governments, foreign service/affairs ministries and the Church, especially in the Global South. 

My hearts and thoughts are often with the weak, the small and the inarticulated. Tears and sorrows can be sacred. 


Research interests

  • Statecraft and geopolitics
  • Small power/state studies
  • Future studies

Willing to supervise PhD

Dr Wong welcomes applications from research student with similar research interests.

Education/Academic qualification

Social and Cultural Anthropology (Political Anthropology), Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Jul 2003Jul 2006

Social Anthropology, Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Sep 2001Jun 2003

Sociology, Master in Science, London School of Economics

Sep 1998Sep 1999

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science, City University of Hong Kong

Sep 1993Jun 1996

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Philippines Social Sciences
sovereignty Social Sciences
Hong Kong Social Sciences
China Social Sciences
warlord Social Sciences
study program Social Sciences
violence Social Sciences
political development Social Sciences

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Research Output 2002 2018


Translated title of the contribution: What is A.I. Really?Wong, P. N., 11 Mar 2018, Christian Times, 1593, p. 10-10 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Being in but not of the Powers: Contours of a Prophetic Witnessing Practice in Ancient Africa and Asia

Wong, P. N., 1 Dec 2018, Christian Mind in the Emerging World: Faith Integration in Asian Contexts from a Global Perspective. Ng, P. S. M., Leung, W. T. & King Tong Mak, V. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 338-364 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Padrino System (the Philippines)

Wong, P. N. & Lara-De Leon, K., 17 Jan 2018, Global Encyclopedia of Informality : Volume 2 (Open Access). Ledeneva, A. (ed.). London: UCL Press, p. 380-382 3 p. 7.10

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

When A.I. Rules the World: Superintelligence and Robotics in Future Interdependency

Wong, P. N., 12 Apr 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

artificial intelligence


Translated title of the contribution: How Should China Re-adjust Her Relations with India?Wong, P. N., 20 Jan 2018, In : Indonesia Focus. 56, p. 43-45 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A study of post-colonial statecraft in the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone in the Southern Shan State of Myanmar, 1988-2015

Author: Yue, R. W. K., 31 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Wong, P. N. (Supervisor) & Thomas, S. (Advisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD