China is playing defence – not offence – in the South China Sea
Stéphanie Martel is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies, with a specialization in International Relations, at Queen's University and a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Her research focuses on security cooperation and the practice of diplomacy in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université de Montréal. Before joining Queen's, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (McGill). Her work has been published in academic journals The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Monde Chinois, L'Espace Politique, and Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South. She is currently writing a book on the regional security debate in Southeast Asia and its effects on the development of a security community in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Martel travels regularly to East and Southeast Asia for research and to take part in policy dialogues on regional strategic issues, alongside representatives of the government sector, academia, and civil society.