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David Arase

Resident Professor of International Politics


Before joining the Hopkins-Nanjing Center faculty, Dr. Arase was a professor of politics at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., teaching international relations and East Asian affairs with a focus on Japanese politics and foreign policy. He is a graduate of Cornell University (BA liberal arts, 1977), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MA, international relations, 1982), and the University of California at Berkeley (PhD, political science, 1989). He has had a Japan Foundation dissertation fellowship and an Abe Foundation research fellowship, and has been a US State Department-sponsored touring speaker in South Korea and China.He has also visited at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) and the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, and has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London and the University of Tsukuba in Japan



  • East Asia
  • Japan


  • Globalization
  • International Relations

In the News

China’s rise, deglobalization, and the future of Indo-Pacific governance.

David Arase wrote in AsiaGlobal Online Journal, 7/30

U.S. tech giants exposed if China takes Taiwan.

David Arase quoted in Asia Times, 7/20

After COVID-19, Japan recalibrates its foreign policy.

David Arase wrote in AsiaGlobal Online Journal, 7/2

U.S.-china relations under stress: Strategic competition in a pandemic.

David Arase participated in Asia Global Institute webinar, 6/4

Tokyo prods Japanese firms to leave China

David Arase interviewed in The Diplomat, 5/5

Japan’s strategic balancing act in Southeast Asia.

David Arase wrote for ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 11/12

The geopolitical implications of Abe's Iran trip.

David Arase interviewed in The Diplomat, 6/18

No easy choices ahead in regional aid and trade governance.

David Arase wrote in East Asia Forum, 6/11