Dr. Alexandar Bukh is granted with the International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Distinguished Book Award.

Dr. Alexandar Bukh is granted with the International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Distinguished Book Award.

Dr. Alexandar Bukh is an assistant professor in Rabdan Academy in the Research and Development Division who has been awarded the ISA Asia-Pacific Distinguished Book Award on “These Islands Are Ours”.  

This award has been awarded to distinguished books in International Relations that focus on the Asia-Pacific region and published in the past two years. ISA (International Studies Association) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational, and global affairs. Founded in 1959, its more than 7,000 members span the globe – comprising academics, practitioners, policy experts, private-sector workers, and independent researchers, among others.

These Islands Are Ours challenges the conventional wisdom that disputes-related campaigns originate in the desire to protect national territory and trace their roots to times of crisis in the respective societies. This book gives us a new way to understand the nature of territorial disputes and how they inform national identities by exploring the processes of their social construction, and amplification.

This book for students is great to explore new methods in East Asian area studies, These Islands is an example of interpretive research that cites a rich tapestry of sources, such as pamphlets, prefectural and government reports, petitions, and newspapers, educational material, postcards, advertisements, and stamps.

“These Islands Are Ours is an important contribution to both the literature on territoriality and territorial conflict and our understanding of Northeast Asian Territorial disputes…It is [the] interaction of domestic and international politics—those two- (or three-) level games—that scholars of territoriality should turn to next. These Islands Are Ours leads the way.”

From Rabdan academy, Faculty, and staff, we congratulate Dr. Bukh on this achievement as he deserves it on his hard work as this book adds great value to the Academy and makes a valuable contribution to East Asian international relations in all ways.