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Dr. Kai QUEK 郭全鎧

Assistant Professor: Ph.D., MIT; B.A., Cornell University. His dissertation studies rationalist causes of war with randomized experiments, historical research, and a comparative analysis of all interstate wars fought in East Asia since 1900. His research combines substantive interests with practical methodological applications. Substantive interests: Global-level strategic interactions, international security, East Asia, causes and prevention of war. Methodological interest: Application of experimental methods to high-stake questions that are difficult to address with observational data - such as the causes of nuclear war, the credibility of costly signals, and the vote-share effects of alternative electoral systems.

Current research: (i) Efficacious signaling and communication between states; (ii) the dynamics of crisis deescalation; (iii) nationalism and identity effects in Sino-Japanese disputes (with Alastair Iain Johnston). The third project is an attempt to bridge the rationalist and constructivist traditions in international relations, in order to better understand how identity concerns impact the calculus of conflict.

Current teaching: International Security; Global Political Economy; Research Methodology

  • Phone: 3917 7118
  • Office: C940

Publications

  • "Are Costly Signals More Credible? Evidence of Sender-Receiver Gaps." The Journal of Politics (2016): Link
  • "Rationalist Experiments on War." Political Science Research and Methods (2016): Link
  • "Nuclear Proliferation and the Use of Nuclear Options: Experimental Tests." Political Research Quarterly (2016): Link
  • "Closeness Counts: Increasing Precision and Reducing Errors in Mass Election Predictions" (with Michael Sances). Political Analysis (2015): Link
  • "Discontinuities in Signaling Behavior Upon the Decision for War: An Analysis of China’s Prewar Signaling Behavior." International Relations of the Asia Pacific (2015): Link

Papers

  • "Reverse Audience Costs." Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans: Sep 2012. SSRN: Link
  • "Alliances and the Risk of War: An Experimental Investigation" (with David Jae). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago: Sep 2013.
  • "A Large-Scale Electoral Systems Experiment in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election" (with Michael Sances). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago: Sep 2013.
  • "Rally Around the Red Flag: Terror Shocks and Nationalism in China" (with Yue Hou). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco: Sep 2015.
  • "Realism, Idealism, and American Public Opinion on Nuclear Disarmament" (with Mark Bell). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco: Sep 2015.