Dr Jean Jonathan Bogais is a sociologist (political sociology and intercultural psychology) a specialist in foreign affairs and a strategic adviser with over three decades of academic and practical experience working in complex environments
. His expertise is in violence, conflict and compromise - and ethics in humanitarian interventions - (especially when ethnicities and religions are key components.) His area of expertise is Southeast Asia and the west Pacific, with a special focus on Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. He has served as an analyst, strategic adviser, negotiator, and foreign correspondent and has had ongoing involvement in international missions and peacebuilding initiatives. He continues to be involved in these areas.
He advises officials, diplomats, negotiators and strategists in conflict risk assessment, analysis, mediation, ethics and protocols in humanitarian intervention, and program development and evaluation in complex environments.
He was awarded a master in intercultural psychology in 1978 and a PhD in sociology in 1984, both from Paris-Sorbonne.
AppointmentsDr Bogais is an Associate Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. He teaches in various masters degrees, including Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation and Masters of Development Studies, mentors postdoctoral researchers and is a research supervisor (PhDs, Masters). He holds Associate positions at: Center for International Security Studies (CISS), Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), Sydney Democracy Network (SDN)
Ethics: Dr Bogais is a current member of the Human Research Ethics Committee HREC at the University of Sydney.
Dr Bogais is a Senior Associate and Expert Adviser (Non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, U.S.
Attached to the Southeast Asia Program
Other appointments include:
- Expert (Non-resident): Middle East Institute - Middle East - Asia Project, Washington DC, U.S. (MEI/MAP)
- Expert on Southeast Asia: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) - WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin
- Visiting Fellow(Past): Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Dévelopment - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
German-Southeast Asian Centre of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Bangkok
Special lecture 1. "The introduction of Violence in Non-Violent Spaces for the Making of a Dominant Identity: Analysing Perceptions of Conflict in the Asia Pacific Region" (Focus on the South China Sea crisis.)
Special lecture 2. Political Transformation in Southeast Asia - Recent Developments, Current Issues and Future Prospects
"Myanmar's Difficult Road to Democracy: An examination Through Complex Systems Analysis"
Podcast available soon.
NEWS: Religiously-motivated violence in Australia
Talking to Channel 10 Eyewitness News (National), Dr Bogais warns that divisions around religious issues will bring more violence and increase the risk of terrorism. Political leaders and commentators must refrain from exacerbating tensions.
Recent essays and articles
Presentation: Democratic update, Cambodia
Presentation at the Sydney Southeast Centre's roundtable on democratic updates.
Link to podcast..
Presentations, media appearances, articles, essays, etc. (Click here for more)
Latest live interview with Channel News Asia, Singapore: "How has the Myanmar government fared in its first 100 days in office?"
Follow this link for the latest interviews and commentaries on the South China Sea crisis after the La Hague ruling.
Research Merging his academic background with a considerable experience as a practitioner, Dr Bogais' research is located at the intersection of development, security and conflict, especially in the area of "Knowledge Translation" in view to develop new methodologies to reduce the growing gap between research and outcome. More.
______________________________________ Enemies of Truth:
"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." Friedrich Nietzsche - Human, all Too Human.