Tetsuo KOTANI

    Senior Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Research Interests:

  • The US-Japan Alliance
  • Maritime Security
  • Geopolitics and Geostrategy


2008Withdrawal from Ph.D. Program in Political Science with a completion of course requirements, Doshisha University (Kyoto)
2001M.A. in American Studies, Doshisha University (Kyoto)
1998B.A. in Education, Osaka Kyoiku University (Osaka)

Professional Experience

2014-presentSenior Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
2014Visiting Scholar, Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
2013-2014Visiting Associate Professor, Kyushu University
2012-2014Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
2012-presentInstructor, Faculty of Law, Hosei University
2011-presentVisiting Fellow, Center for Japan Studies, China Ocean University
2010-presentSenior Research Fellow, Research Institute for Peace and Security
2010-2012Special Research Fellow, The Okazaki Institute
2008-presentInternational Advisory Board, Project 2049 Institute
2006-2010Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Foundation
2003-2006Fellow, U.S.-Japan Center, Vanderbilt University

Selected Publications


  • "Reluctant Sea Power: Geopolitics in Asia and Japan's Maritime Strategy," in Robert Ross et al., ed. Twenty-First Century Seapower: Cooperation and Conflict at Sea (Routledge, forthcoming May 2012)
  • "Presence and Credibility: Homeporting USS MIDWAY at Yokosuka," The Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Vol. 15 (2008)
  • "Turbulent Changes: Democratic Party Government and Japan's Foreign Policy," Russia in Global Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 4, (October-December 2010)
  • "China's Fortress Fleet-in-Being and its Implications for Japan's Security," Institut francais des relations internationals, Asie.Visions 62 (February 2013)
  • "The Senkaku Islands and the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Future Implications for the Asia-Pacific," Project 2049 Institute Futuragram 13-002 (March 2013)

Research Grants and Fellowships

2006-2008Security Studies Fellowship, Research Institute for Peace and Security
2004Defense Minister Prize