Asif B. Farooq (范儒)

“Get action. Do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.” -Teddy Roosevelt

Asif B. Farooq University of TorontoVanier Scholar
PhD student (Toronto), M.A. (Waterloo), B.A. (Toronto)

Theoretical Interests: Political Economy of Finance, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy

Area Interests: China, Emerging Economies.

Currently, I am doing doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. I am also a researcher at the Centre for the Study on Rapid Global Change (CSRGC) at the University of Waterloo, and the founding Managing Editor of China Open Research Network at the University of Toronto.

My coauthored (with Dr. Andrew F. Cooper, Dr. Bessma Momani and Dr. Shannon Majowicz) journal articles appeared in Global Policy, Global Health Governance, Digest of Middle East Studies, Contexto Internacional (in Portuguese), and International Organization Research Journal (in English and Russian). Forthcoming articles will be published by Cambridge Review of International Affairs and India Quarterly. I am currently working on financial regulation.

I have also published op-ed articles on The Globe and Mail of Canada, The Diplomat, The Express Tribune of Pakistan, and The Daily Star and of Bangladesh. I also appeared for a live interview at The Drive with Terry More on C-FAX 1070 radio.

Earlier, I co-founded a charity group in Toronto called RiFF which aimed to serve two purposes. First, it promoted local artists and musicians by providing them a platform for performance. Second, it helped raising funds for various social causes. RiFF’s past programs in Toronto include charity concert, painting exhibitions, satires and folk music (see the RiFF Charity section of this website). 

Asif Farooq CV, updated April 2015 (pdf)

I can be reached at asif.farooq [at] or asif.farooq [at]

Featured Recent Publications:

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Co-editor of the policy volume Moving Forward: Issues in Canada China Relations

On the occasion of 45 years of Canada-China relations, fifteen academics from eight Canadian universities join together to present clear, insightful and analytical policy recommendations on how to move forward Canada’s relations with China.

The book, aptly titled Moving Forward: Issues in Canada-China Relations and edited by Asif B. Farooq and Scott McKnight, aims to spark a frank and intellectual conversation on Canada-China relations for Canadians’ interest with a ‘whole of a Canada’ approach dealing issues such as health, investment, trade, security and people-to-people engagements.

在中加建交45周年之际,来自8所加拿大高校的15名学者共同完成了一份关于中加关系的政策报告:《展望未来:中加关系的主要议题》(Moving Forward: Issues in Canada-China Relations)。该报告的主编是多伦多大学政治学系的博士生Asif B. Farooq和Scott McKnight。该报告的发行单位是多大中国观察(CORN)和多伦多大学蒙克全球事务学院亚洲研究中心。


报告分为纸质版和电子版。为了促进世界各地学者的交流,我们这里提供了报告的免费电子资源:《展望未来:中加关系的主要议题》(Moving Forward: Issues in Canada-China Relations)报告的新书发布会将于2016年2月4日在多伦多大学蒙克全球事务学院举行。

Some of my published op-ed articles:

Map of ChinaThe Diplomat, China: 2014 Year in Review, 2015 (coauthored)





The Global and Mail, Canada, “The garment disaster is no time to abandon Bangladesh”, 2013



brics The Express Tribune, Pakistan, “The BRICS after Durban”, 2013

Shahbagh2The Express Tribune, Pakistan, “Trying war criminals”, 2013, Bangladesh, “Shahbagh Chottor: A definite message”, 2012

Iran, Bangladesh, “Iran’s nuclear programme: A crisis gone haywire?”, 2012, Bangladesh, “Pakistan – Hedging democracy with the Generals”, 2012, Bangladesh, “Pakistan: A state in crisis”, 2011, Bangladesh, “What’s holding Bangladesh back from implementing the CHT accord?”, 2011

Photo by Jashim Salam The Daily Star, “Life is not ours”, 2011 (Photo by Jashim Salam)

Other non-fiction writings:


“Beyond my Bangladesh” 2011

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