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David Arase

HNC 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



  • Indo-Pacific
  • China
  • Japan


  • Indo-Pacific Security Relations
  • China’s Great Power Rise
  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific
  • Globalization
  • International Relations


  • Japanese
  • Chinese

In the News

Belt & Road Phase 2 moves beyond infrastructure.

David Arase quoted in Asia Times, 12/29

The Belt and Road Initiative enters a second phase.

David Arase wrote in AsiaGlobal Online Journal, 04/15

The Belt and Road has moved China to center stage in world affairs.

David Arase wrote in AsiaGlobal Online Journal, 03/25

Structures, institutions, and international order.

David Arase wrote in International Relations of East Asia, 10/18

Japan’s Motegi to meet Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, kicking off ASEAN tour.

David Arase quoted in South China Morning Post, 8/13

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