Axel Berkofsky is a senior lecturer at the University of Pavia, Italy, and a senior associate research fellow at the Milan-based Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI). He is also an Executive Committee board member at the Stockholm-based European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN) and research affiliate at the EU Centre for Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics. Previously, he was senior policy analyst and associate policy analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) and research fellow at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), both in Brussels, and also lectured and taught at numerous think-tanks, research institutes and universities in Europe and Asia. His research interests are Japanese and Chinese foreign and security policies, Chinese history, Cold War history, Asian security and EU–Asia relations. He has authored two and edited four books and has widely published articles and essays in academic journals, as well as newspapers and magazines. Recent publications include A Pacifist Constitution for an Armed Empire (FrancoAngeli, Milan 2012), Understanding China (co-edited with Silvio Beretta and Lihong Zhang, Springer 2017), and ‘ASEM and the Security Agenda: Talking the Talk but also Walking the Walk?’ in Gaens and Khandekar (eds.) Inter-Regional Relations and the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) (Palgrave 2017).
Renato Cruz De Castro is a professor in the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila, and holds the Charles Lui Chi Keung Professorial Chair in China Studies. He recently held visiting research positions at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and the East-West Center in Washington DC as the U.S.–ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Researcher. In 2009, he was the US State Department ASEAN Research Fellow from the Philippines and was based in the Political Science Department of Arizona State University. He taught international relations and security studies at the National Defense College and the Foreign Service Institute (Philippines), is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Albert Del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADR Institute), and was a consultant in the National Security Council of the Philippines during the Aquino administration. He earned his PhD from the Government and International Studies Department of the University of South Carolina, and is an alumnus of the Daniel Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, US. He has written over ninety articles on international relations and security.
Akiko Fukushima is a professor in the School of Global Studies and Collaboration, Aoyama Gakuin University. She holds a PhD from Osaka University and an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. She is also a non-resident fellow of the Lowy Institute, Australia. In the past, she held positions as adjunct professor at Keio University Law School, Director of Policy Studies at the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), senior fellow at the Japan Foundation and a visiting scholar of CSIS, US. She also served on Japanese government, committees including the Advisory Council on National Security and Defense Capabilities and the Advisory Council of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her publications include ‘Multilateralism Recalibrated’ in Postwar Japan (CSIS, 2017), ‘Global Merits of Alliance: A Japanese Perspective’ in The US–Japan Security Alliance (Palgrave, 2011), Conflict and Cultural Diplomacy (Keio University Press, 2012), ‘Japan’s Perspective on Asian Regionalism’ in Asia’s New Multilateralism (Columbia University Press, 2009), ‘Human Security and Global Governance’ in Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Japanese Foreign Policy: The Emerging Logic of Multilateralism (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999).
Madhuchanda Ghosh is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Presidency University, Kolkata, India. She received her PhD in India–Japan Relations from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her research interest is foreign policy studies pertaining to India, the US, Japan and China. She conducted extended research in Japan and has been the recipient of Japan Foundation fellowships in 2011 and 2014. In 2014, she was a Visiting Japan Foundation Scholar at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and in 2006, visiting researcher at the Graduate School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo, as a Tokyo Foundations SYLFF fellow. She is the editor of three books, of which the latest is USA’s Policy towards China, India and Japan (Atlantic Publishers, 2013). Other publications include ‘India’s Economic Dynamism and India–Japan Relations’ in An Introduction to Contemporary India–Japan Relations (University of Tokyo Press, 2017) and ‘India and Japan’s Growing Synergy: From a Political to a Strategic Focus’ (Asian Survey 48:2, 2008).
Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning is Centre for Asian Security Studies Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with a dissertation examining Japan’s security policy response to the contemporary power shift in China’s favour. He has served as a trainee at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, as a visiting research fellow at Keio University and as a specially appointed researcher at Osaka University. The topics of his publications include Japan’s security, defence and alliance policy, missile defence and maritime security. He is the author of ‘Japan’s Shifting Military Priorities: Counterbalancing China’s Rise’ (Asian Security, 2014) and co-author of ‘Protecting the Status Quo: Japan’s Response to the Rise of China’ in Ross and Tunsjo (eds.) Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia (Cornell University Press, 2017).
Yusuke Ishihara is a research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) of the Ministry of Defense, Japan. His expertise is Japanese foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014 to 2015, he served as a deputy director at International Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy, where he handled Japan’s security engagement with ASEAN and regional multilateral institutions in Asia. His publications include ‘Japan–Australia Defense Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region’ in ANU–NIDS Joint Research: Beyond Hub and Spokes (Tokyo: NIDS), March 2014, pp. 93–122, and Japan–Australia Security Relations and the Rise of China, UNISCI Discussion Papers, No. 32, May 2013, pp. 81–98. He is also the author of the Australia chapter in the recent series of East Asian Strategic Review (EASR), and NIDS annual report on security affairs in Asia and beyond.
Swee Lean Collin Koh is a research fellow at the Maritime Security Programme, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, which is a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, based in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has research interests in naval affairs in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on Southeast Asia. Collin has published several op-eds, policy and academic journal articles, as well as chapters for edited volumes covering his research areas. His most recent publications include: In for the Long Haul: Sustaining the INDOMALPHI Trilateral Maritime and Air Patrols in the Sulu/Celebes Seas(Naval Forces, 2017); ‘Reasons for Optimism? China, Japan and Unilateral Naval Restraint in the East China Sea’, in Alan Chong (ed.), International Security in the Asia-Pacific: Transcending ASEAN towards Transitional Polycentrism (2017); and Incident Prevention and Mitigation in the Asia Pacific Littorals: Framing, Expanding, and Adding to CUES, co-written with Graham Ong-Webb and Bernard Miranda in the RSIS Working Papers series (2017). Collin has also taught on Singapore Armed Forces professional military education and training courses. Besides research and teaching, he also contributes his perspectives to various local and international media outlets, and participates in activities with geopolitical risks consultancies.
Paul Midford is a professor, and director of the Japan Program, at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Midford received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University in 2001. His research interests include Japanese foreign and defence policies, the impact of public opinion on policy, renewable energy and energy security, and East Asian security and multilateralism. He has published over a dozen book chapters, has co-edited three books, and has published articles in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Pacific Review, Asian Survey, Japan Forum and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. Midford is the author of Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism? (Stanford University Press, 2011) and the co-author of The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force: Search for Legitimacy (Palgrave, 2017). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Overcoming the Reactive State: Japan’s Promotion of East Asian Security Multilateralism.
Satoru Nagao is a research fellow at the Institute for Future Engineering (strategy, defence policy), a visiting research fellow at the Research Institute for Oriental Cultures at Gakushuin University, and a research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka, a senior research fellow of the Indian Military Review, a research fellow at the Security and Strategy Research Institute for Japan, and a lecturer at Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo) and Komazawa University. He was awarded his PhD by Gakushuin University in 2011. His recent publications include ‘The Role of Japan–India–Sri Lanka Maritime Security Cooperation in the Trump Era’ (Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India, 2017), ‘The Importance of a Japan–India Amphibious Aircraft Deal’ (The Diplomat, 2016), and The Japan-India-Australia Alliance as Key Agreement in the Indo-Pacific (ISPSW Publication, 375, 2015).
Stephen R. Nagy is a senior associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the International Christian University. Previously he was an assistant professor at the Department of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from December 2009 to January 2014. He obtained his PhD from Waseda University, Japan in International Relations in 2008. He has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals such as China Perspectives, East Asia, the Journal of Asian Politics and History and the International Studies Review on trade, nationalism and China–Japan relations. He has also published in think-tanks and commercial outlets such as the China Economic Quarterly and the World Commerce Review on trade and political risk. His most recent funded research project is ‘Sino-Japanese Relations in the Wake of the 2012 Territorial Disputes: Investigating Changes in Japanese Business’ Trade and Investment Strategy in China’. Currently, he is conducting a research project entitled ‘Perceptions and Drivers of Chinese View on Japanese and US Foreign Policy in the Region’.
Wilhelm Vosse is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, where he also serves as director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). He has held positions at the University of Hanover, Germany, and Keio University, Tokyo, and visiting research positions at the University of Oxford and Harvard University. His research interests include Japanese foreign and security policy, and the domestic discourse on defence issues. Current research projects deal with Japan’s new security partnerships, maritime piracy, and cyberspace and international relations. Recent publications include ‘Learning Multilateral Military and Political Cooperation in the Counter-Piracy Missions’ (The Pacific Review, 2017), ‘Heightened Threat Perception and the Future of Japan’s Anti-Militarism’ in Vosse, Drifte and Blechinger-Talcott (eds.) Governing Insecurity in Japan. The Domestic Discourse and Policy Response (Routledge, 2014), and ‘Comparing Japanese, Australian and European Responses to “Out-of-Area” Security Challenges’ in Tow and Kersten (eds.) Bilateral Perspectives on Regional Security. Australia, Japan, and the Asia-Pacific Region (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He is also the co-editor of three books, of which the most recent is Governing Insecurity in Japan: The Domestic Discourse and Policy Response (Routledge, 2014).
Thomas S. Wilkins is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He specialises in Asia-Pacific regional security issues, including alliances/alignment, Australia–Japan relations and middle powers. He received his doctorate from the University of Birmingham in the UK (with one year spent at Johns Hopkins University as exchange student) and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of San Francisco and East-West Center, Honolulu. He has since been a Japan Foundation and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences fellowship recipient at the University of Tokyo, totalling two years, and is a visiting associate professor at the University of Hong Kong. He has published in journals such as Review of International Studies, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Pacific Review, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Asia Policy and Asian Security.