Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University


UEKI Chikako Kawakatsu

  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
    Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Background
    Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun (1983-1991)
    Visiting Scholar, Peking University (1998)
    Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies, Ministry of Defense (2000-2007)
    Associate Professor:Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2007-Present)
    Research Affiliate, Security Studies Program, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology(2012-2015)

Field of Specialization

International Relations and Security of East Asia, U.S.-Japan-China Relations
Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies

Research Theme

Causes and prevention of war, Mechanism of threat perception formation, Nationalism and war

Major Works / Publications Awards

Major Works

  • War Studies for Peace (2015)
  • Long Peace in Northeast Asia: War Avoided (2012)
  • “Liberal Deterrence of China: Challenges in Achieving Japan’s China Policy,”
    The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: Regional Multilateralism, Palgrave (2011)
  • The Rise of “China Threat” Arguments (2006)


  • Lucian Pye Award (2007)

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

Japan Association of International Relations
Japan Association for International Security
American Political Science Association
International Institute for Strategic Studies

Service to Society

Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Security and Defense Capabilities (2009)
Operating Adviser, U.S.-Japan Research Institute(2009-Present)
Member, Mansfield Committee on U.S.-Japan Relations(2010-2011)

Research Project

MA: International Relations and Security in East Asia
PhD:International Relations and Security in Asia-Pacific

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

This project research examines issues related to international relations and security in Asia-Pacific. The stability of the region is important for the future of the whole world. Using international relations theory, the project seeks to identify causes of tension and make policy prescriptions. In addition to learning theories and acquiring analytical tools, we participate in workshops with members of foreign embassies, defense organizations and outside scholars.
Our students come from some 20 countries around the globe. After graduation, many pursue careers in foreign service, defense, journalism, NGOs and in academia.
Wars are tragic, but because they are caused by humans they can be avoided. Our goal is to find out how.

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