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Dr Harish C. Mehta

Global Diplomacy

McMaster University

Harish C. Mehta holds a PhD (McMaster University, Canada) in the history of American foreign relations and Southeast Asia. He has taught history at various Canadian universities: McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and Trent University at its Oshawa campus.

He has written three books on Cambodian politics and media: Strongman: The Extraordinary Life of Hun Sen, From Pagoda Boy to Prime Minister of Cambodia, co-authored with Julie B. Mehta (1999, 2013); Warrior Prince: Norodom Ranariddh, Son of King Sihanouk of Cambodia (2001); and Cambodia Silenced: The Press Under Six Regimes.

Harish’s articles on Vietnamese diplomacy have appeared in the American journals Diplomatic History, Peace and Change, The Historian, History Compass, and Media Asia, and his review articles have appeared in H-Diplo. His book chapters have been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and Atlantic Press. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of The Calcutta Journal of Global Affairs.

He has twice won the Samuel Flagg Bemis Award (awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations) to conduct research in the US and Vietnamese archives. His research interests are global diplomacy, conflict and peace, and human rights in history. He conducts archival research at the National Archives of Vietnam in Hanoi, and at the US national archives.

Early in his career, Harish was an award-winning journalist based in Singapore and Thailand for the Business Times of Singapore. He won the Journalist of the Year Prize in 1989 from the Press Foundation of Asia, Manila, and Mitsubishi of Japan. He was a Freedom Forum Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. He was also awarded the Asian Print Media Write Award in 1997 by the Asian Media Information and Communication Center, Singapore for his research paper entitled “The Chilling Fields: Cambodia’s Press Under Six Regimes”.