Professor Narine’s research focuses on the institutions and international relations of the Asia Pacific region. His specialization is the study of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), but he has also written extensively on other organizations particular to the region. He has also written on ethnic politics in Southeast Asia, emerging human rights norms in the international system, and Canada’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

Currently, Dr. Narine is working on a new book on ASEAN and its role in the emerging Asia Pacific region. The book is entitled “The New ASEAN and the Asia Pacific in the 21st Century”. He is also working on a paper looking at ASEAN’s response to the US invasion of Iraq and another long-term project examining the sources of regional legitimacy.


Professor Narine studies the international relations and organizations of the Asia Pacific, with a special focus on Southeast Asia. He is generally interested in International Relations. He has an ongoing concern with the foreign policy of Canada, the foreign policy of the United States, and the Middle East.

Professor Narine’s M.A. and Ph.D. thesis both dealt with the English School of International Relations and the work of Hedley Bull, a scholar who helped to define that approach to International Relations. Dr. Narine is interested in exploring and developing the English School of IR, particularly as it relates to Classical Realism and Social Constructivism.

Dr. Narine is also developing a project that examines the conditions under which states define “legitimate leadership” in the international system.