Dr. Shane J. Barter

Professor of Comparative Politics, Soka University of America
Director, International Studies Concentration

I am a Political Scientist (PhD: UBC 2011) teaching in International Studies at Soka University of America.  I have worked for Asian Human Rights NGOs (Forum Asia), the Carter Center, the Canadian Government, and the European Union. I am former Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center. My research and teaching interests related to politics in Southeast Asia, armed conflict, state and society, democratization, and religious politics.


Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), University of Victoria (Summer 2019); Election Observer, Government of Canada Mission to Ukraine (July 2019); Visiting Scholar, the Australian National University (Fall 2019)

Civilian Strategy in Civil War

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My books include Civilian Strategy in Civil War: Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines (Palgrave 2014, available here), Explaining the Genetic Footprint of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers (Palgrave 2015, available here), The Pacific Basin: An Introduction (co-edited with Michael Weiner, Routledge 2017, available here), Internal Migration: Challenges in Governance and Integration (co-edited with William Ascher, available here), and Fighting Armed Conflicts in Southeast Asia (Cambridge Element 2020, available here).

Check out my Google Scholar page here, and my CV here (updated March 2019).
My seldom used Twitter handle is @ShaneSidney87.