Head, Asia Programme
John Swenson-Wright
Contact information
+82-9990-2176 (Until 8 August) / +44 (0)7590 194 220

Summary

John Swenson-Wright is head of the Asia programme at Chatham House, senior University lecturer in Japanese politics and international relations at Cambridge University and an official fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. He has a BA in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) from Christ Church, Oxford; an MA in international relations and East Asian Studies from SAIS, Johns Hopkins; and a DPhil in international relations from St. Antony’s, Oxford.  He comments regularly for the global media on the international relations of East Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. He has testified on East Asian affairs to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Korea as well as the UK-Japan 21st Century Group. He is a member of the editorial board of Global Asia and is a founding member of the European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN).

Expertise

  • Northeast Asian Security, defence policy and nuclear weapons
  • North Korean foreign policy and domestic politics
  • South Korean foreign policy and domestic politics
  • Japanese politics, foreign policy and regional relations

Experience

1997 - PresentFuji Bank University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, East Asia Institute, University of Cambridge
1997 - 1996Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, East Asia Institute, University of Cambridge

Broadcast experience

Extensive

Languages

  • Japanese
  • Chung-in Moon and John Swenson-Wright, eds. Crisis of Peace and New Leadership in Korea: Lessons from Kim Dae-jung’s Legacy, Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2014
  • Ruediger Frank and John Swenson-Wright, eds. Security Issues for Northeast Asia: The Stony Road to Collective Security, Leiden: Brill, 2013
  • Inter-Korean relations and the challenge of North-east Asian regional security in Andrew T. H. Tan, ed. East and South-East Asia International Relations and Security Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2013
  • What Upper House Victory Means for Shinzo Abe BBC News, July 2013
  • Is Japan Truly 'Back'? Prospects for a More Proactive Security Policy Briefing Paper, June 2013
  • China Talks Tough Over North Korea The Guardian, February 2013
  • New Faces, Old Tensions The World Today, February 2013
  • Japan: Heavy History The World Today, April 2011
  • Resurgent Trilateralism in Northeast Asia Programme Paper, February 2011
  • The Limits of Normality: Japanese-Korean post-Cold War Interactions, in David Welch, ed. Japan as a Normal Nation, Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2011
  • Korea: A Glimmer of Hope The World Today, February 2011
  • East Asia: Searching for Consistency in R Niblett (ed) America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, Wiley-Blackwell/Chatham House, 2010
  • Auditing Engagement: Human Security, Economic Contact and the DPRK - Past Initiatives and Future Opportunities, Dealing with North Korean Instabilities and the Future of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul, Republic of Korea: Center for International Studies, Seoul National University, 2010
  • Sasakawa Ryouichi: Unravelling an Enigma in Ryoichi Sasakawa and Ken Hijino (trans), Sugamo Diary, London: Hurst/Columbia, 2010
  • Contending with Regional Uncertainty: Japan's Response to Contemporary East Asian Security Challenges, in Patricia Nelson and Marie Sodeberg, eds, Perspectives on Change in Japanese Politics and Economics, London: Routledge, 2010
  • The Strategic Mind Set of the Obama Administration and US Policy toward Northeast Asia, The Obama Administration's Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula, Korea Association of International Studies, Seoul, April 2009
  • Human Security in East Asia The 5th Jeju Peace Forum: Shaping New Regional Governance in East Asia, Jeju, South Korea, August 2009
  • Assassination, Abduction and Normalization: Historical Mythologies and Misreprentation in Post-war South Korea-Japan Relations, in Rudiger Frank, James Hoare, Patrick Kollner and Susan Pares, eds. Korea Yearbook 2008, Leiden: Brill, 2009
  • The Lucky Dragon Incident of 1954: a Failure of Crisis Management, in Makoto Iokibe, Caroline Rose, Tomaru Junko, and John Weste, eds., Japanese Diplomacy in the 1950s, London: Routledge, 2008
  • Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Toward Japan, 1945-1960, Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2005
  • The Best Course Available. A personal account of the secret US - Japan Okinawa negotiations Wakaizumi Kei, ed., Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002
  • Post-Cold War US-Japan Relations: Incremental Realism in a Maturing Security Partnership, International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, Anglo-Japanese Academy Proceedings, ICCLP Publications No. 7, Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, 2002
  • US-Japan Diplomatic and Security Relations Post-1945: a Historical Perspective Cornell University Occasional Paper, The United States and Asian Security, 2002