After receiving his PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Bochum in 1979, Reinhard Drifte was research fellow at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, then until 1987 assistant director for regional security studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.
Following his role in the IISS, Reinhard Drifte had a visiting fellowship at St Antony`s College in Oxford, and then from 1989-2002 held the chair of Japanese Studies at the University of Newcastle while concurrently director of the Newcastle East Asia Centre.
Reinhard has published numerous books and articles on Japanese foreign and security policy, as well as on security issues in Northeast Asia.
He has taught widely in Asia and Europe, and is a member of various academic associations including the British Association for Japanese Studies and the Kokusai Mondai Kenkyujo (Tokyo).
His current research centres on Japanese-Chinese relations, notably the disputes in the East China Sea.
For more information see his home page www.rfwdrifte.ukgo.com.