Skip navigation
The Australian National University

Politics, security & international relations

Dr Tomoko Akami

(School of Culture, History & Language)

International Relations; Asian history; historical studies; government and politics of Asia and the Pacific; political theory and political philosophy

Professor Desmond Ball

(School of International, Political & Strategic Studies)

Australian defence; nuclear strategy; Asia-Pacific security; Australia-Japan relations

Dr John Blaxland

(School of International, Political & Strategic Studies)

East Asian territorial disputes; the Australian flag; intelligence and security; Australian military history and strategy; defence studies; international Relations, notably on South-east Asia (Thailand and Burma/Myanmar) and North America, (Canada and the United States.

Professor Leszek Buszynski

(National Security College)

Japanese security and China, the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea.

Dr Amy Catalinac

(School of International, Political & Strategic Studies)

Japanese foreign and national security policy; elections and party politics in Japan; international relations in East Asia, political institutions; electoral systems; methods for statistical text analysis; interviews and fieldwork in Japan

Dr David Envall

(School of International, Political & Strategic Studies)

Japanese political leadership, foreign policy and post-war security politics; Asia Pacific regional security architecture; Sino-Korean-Japan relations; Japan-India relations; Foreign policy analysis; domestic politics and foreign policy; political leadership and diplomacy; International relations; government and politics of Asia and the Pacific; studies of Asian Society; defence studies.

Dr Amy King

(School of International, Political & Strategic Studies)

China-Japan relations; Asia-Pacific security and international relations; the role of ideas in foreign policy; Cold War in Asia (particularly the 1950s and 1960s); the legacy of WWII and imperialism in Asia; trade, industrialization and economic development .

Dr Maria Rost Rublee

(School of International Political and Strategic Studies)

Nuclear proliferation, nonproliferation and disarmament; nuclear weapons decision-making in Japan, Egypt, Libya, Germany and Sweden; effect of peace NGOs in Japan on both Japanese diplomacy and nuclear weapons policy

Dr Yongwook Ryu

(School of International Political and Strategic Studies)

Foreign policies of China, Japan and Korea; East Asian international relations; territorial disputes in East Asia; government and politics of Asia and the Pacific; ASEAN; regionalisation; identity politics in international relations

Associate Professor Brendan Taylor

(School of International, Political and Strategic Studies)

Japan-Korea relations; Korean Peninsula security issues; US-China relations; economic sanctions; Asia-Pacific security architecture

Professor William Tow

(School of International Political and Strategic Studies)

Alliance politics; US security policy in the Asia-Pacific; security politics in the Asia-Pacific; Australian security policies

Professor Hugh White

(School of International Political and Strategic Studies)

Australian strategic and defence policy; Asia-Pacific security issues; Global strategic affairs

Mr Trevor Wilson

(School of International, Political and Strategic Studies)

Japanese foreign policy; Japanese whaling


PhD Students

Benjamin Ascione

The influence of domestic politics on Japanese foreign policy (Chair of panel: Dr Shiro Armstrong).

Associate Professor Simon Avenell

(School of Culture, History, and Language)

Modern Japanese history; civic activism, civil society, and state-society relations in contemporary Japan; political thought in contemporary Japan; environmental history and environmentalism in contemporary Japan; transnational aspects of contemporary Japanese history; Japan in East Asia.

Ben Chapman-Schmidt

Transnational organised crime and human trafficking between Japan and the Philippines (Chair of Panel: Roderic Broadhurst)

Kumiko Kawashima

Japanese Working Holiday Makers in Australia (Chair of panel: Professor Rikki Kersten)

Toshiya Takahashi

China in Japan's Security (Chair of panel: Dr Christopher Roberts)

Matthew Thompson

Sino-Japanese relations in the context of security in the Asian region (Chair of panel: Dr Tamara Jacka)

Updated:  21 February, 2013/Responsible Officer:  JI Management Group/Page Contact:  Japan Institute