Philippe Peycam is the director of the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a trained historian whose recent book traces the origins of a Vietnamese public culture of contestation during the colonial occupation, The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism: Saigon 1916-30 (Columbia University Press, 2012). For 10 years, Dr Peycam worked as founding director of the Center for Khmer Studies. From 2010-2011, he was a United States Institute of Peace’s Jenning Randolph Fellow. Since 2009, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.