Professor Christopher Hughes

Senior Associate Fellow


Professor Christopher Hughes is Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), University of Warwick. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Japan’s international relations; Japanese security and defence policy; the US-Japan alliance; Japan’s defence industry; Asia-Pacific regionalism, security, and political-economy; military technology; and alliance politics.

He was formerly at Warwick Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Head of Department in PAIS. He has been a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Research Fellow, University of Hiroshima; Visiting Associate Professor and Asahi Shimbun Visiting Chair of Mass Media and Politics, Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo; Visiting Professor at Waseda University; Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin; Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at the Department of Government, Harvard University; and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Nissan Institute, University of Oxford. He has also held associate fellow status at Chatham House and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Professor Hughes is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Chris holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (BA); Rochester, New York (MA); and Sheffield (MA and PhD). He is co-editor of The Pacific Review, one of the leading journals focussing on the international politics of the Asia-Pacific. He has authored over 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and five monographs. His latest monograph is Japan as a Global Military Power: New Capabilities, Alliance Integration, Bilateralism-Plus (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

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