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Kei Koga

Former Short-term Scholar/ Japan Scholar

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
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  • Governance
  • History
  • Security and Defense

Full Biography

Kei Koga is Associate Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Concurrently, he is a non-resident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). His research focuses on International Security, International Institutions (particularly regional security institutions), East Asian/Indo-Pacific security, Japanese foreign policy, and ASEAN. Previously, he was visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2017; a Japan-U.S. Partnership Fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo, in 2012-2014; Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Program, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, in 2012-2013; and a Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in 2009–2010. He has published on topics that include East Asian security, U.S. and Japanese foreign policies, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and ASEAN. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Major Publications

Quad 3.0: Japan, Indo-Pacific and Minilateralism:

How strategic is "asymmetric" strategic partnership? Japan's partnership diplomacy toward Cambodia and Laos:

Conceptualizing equidistant diplomacy in international relations: the case of Singapore:

Japan's 'Indo-Pacific' question: countering China or shaping a new regional order?:

The concept of "hedging" revisited: the case of Japan's foreign policy strategy in East Asia's power shift:

  1. "Abe Shinzo's Legacy in Southeast Asia" (PacNet, July 22, 2022)
  2. "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision that promises peace and prosperity," East Asia Forum Quarterly, 10-12 (July-September 2022),