RUSI and NIDS Fellowship

NIDS Fellow: Tomoyuki Ishizu


Tomoyuki ISHIZU is currently Research Coordination Officer of the Planning Office as well as Professor of the Military History Department at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Defense Ministry of Japan.



From October 1997 to September 1998, he was an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, KCL (from January to April 1998, he was a KCL Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Fellow as well), lecturing ‘War in History,’ ‘Military History,’ and ‘ Asia-Pacific Security 1900-2000.’  He also spent two years, as Swire Scholar, at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.


Prof. Ishizu’s major fields of study are military history and strategic thought.


His publications include:

            In Japanese

  • Modern Strategy (2000)
  • Liddell Hart (2002
  • Essence of War, and Myriad Faces of Military Power (2003)

He is also the editor of the 3 volume series of military power, Airpower, Seapower, and Landpower published from 2005 onwards.


             In English:

  • Japan’s Grand Strategy in East Asia: Lessons from Britain
  • Proceedings of the Tokyo Conference on the Restructuring the U.S.-Japan Security Relations (Tokyo, 1997)
  • Vol.5; “’The Japanese Way in Warfare’: Japan’s Grand Strategy for the 21st Century,” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (Summer 2000)
  • Japan in the Age of Total War: Ishihara Kanji and his Military Thought, in Swedish Commission for Military History, ed., Total War, Total Defence 1500-2000 (Stockholm, 2002)
  • ”The Rising Sun Strikes: The Japanese Invasion” in Daniel Marston, ed., The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima(London: 2005).

His new books, Makers of the US-Japanese Strategy, 1900-2000, and Air Power in the 21st Century, both co-edited with Professor Williamson Murray will be published soon. Now he is also writing 6 essays for The Encyclopedia of the History of the Philosophy of War and Strategy edited by Daniel Coetzee to be published soon.



Professor Ishizu is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Strategic Studies in Japan, editorial staff of the Journal of Military History (by Japanese Commission of Military History) in Japan, and a member of the editorial advisory board of the War in History in the UK.


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