Evan Resnick is Assistant Professor and coordinator of the United States Programme at RSIS. His chief academic interests lie at the intersection of international relations theory, international security studies, and U.S. foreign policy. Resnick’s doctoral dissertation, “Ties That Bind or Ties That Blind? Assessing Engagement as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy”, was completed at Columbia University in 2005, and was nominated for the Bancroft Dissertation Award bestowed annually by Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His published work has appeared in a number of academic journals, including International Security, Security Studies, and Journal of International Affairs. He is presently working on a book manuscript that examines the phenomenon of “alliances of convenience” in international relations and explores the United States’ track record in bargaining with allies of convenience since 1945. He is also in the process of drafting article-length studies that explore the role of “smart” power in U.S.-led military coalitions and the efficacy of the Obama Administration’s “rebalancing” policy towards the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Resnick also earned M.Phil. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University and a B.A.(Sp. Hons) from York University in Toronto, Canada. He has previously taught at Yeshiva University in New York City.