and the Human Mind.
I am scholar of International Relations. My research interests lie at the intersection of international security, language and the human mind. Over the past decade, I have examined when, why and how people, foreign-policy elites, and state leaders, perceive security threats, mostly in an East-Asian context.
The results of this research have been published in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Risk and East Asia, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Cold War Studies, Australian Journal of International Affairs, and the Journal of Advanced Military Studies.
My current research project, which builds on the empirical investigation of military threat perceptions in Japan over a period of five decades (1950-2000), investigates how leaders construct security threats by relying on core systems of the brain and body that shape perception, the mental structures that encode incoming information, and the distinctive features with which leaders experience the world.
Funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s Special Programme Security, Society and the State, my next research project examines how different government organisations in East-Asia and in Western Europe (both democracies and non-democracies) evaluate futures strategic trends, threats, and opportunities; how accurate these assessments were, and what was their impact on national-security policy making.
Looking forward, using qualitative and quantitative text analysis and archival research, and drawing on insights from conceptual semantics (R Jackendoff 2007, 2012, 2019; S Pinker 2007; J Hobbs 2019), cultural psychology (R Nisbett 2004), and philosophy of mind (Dennett 1996, 2017), as well as on the work of IR scholars including Janice G. Stein, Robert Jervis, and Richard Ned Lebow, I am keen to enhance our understanding of the micro and macro foundations underlying threat perception in the context of international relations.
I hope that with better understanding of threat perception, we would be able to reduce instances of unwarranted suspicion, fear and escalation between actors in the international system.