The Asia Security Studies Programme at RUSI is pleased to announce that Professor Reinhard Drifte, former Chair of Japanese Studies at the University of Newcastle, has been made an Associate Fellow.
After receiving his PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Bochum in 1979, Reinhard Drifte was the Assistant Director for Regional Security Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies until 1987, during which time he was also a Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Following his role at IISS, Reinhard Drifte went on to teach Japanese foreign policy at the University of Dusseldorf and other Japan related courses at Webster University in Geneva. He is currently a PhD supervisor at the University of Newcastle, where he was previously the Director of the Newcastle East Asia Centre. From 1989 until 2002 he held the Chair of Japanese Studies at the University of Newcastle.
Reinhard Drifte has published numerous books and articles on Japanese foreign and security policy, as well as on security issues in Northeast Asia. He holds several research awards for his work including the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award. 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.